One of the most terrifyingly good books I’ve ever read!
In The Barren Ground
Loreth Anne White
Genre: Mystery thriller
In the Barrens, a vast wilderness in northern Canada bordering the Arctic Circle, night consumes every hour of the winter. Humans are scarce; ferocious predators roam freely. Locals say spirits do, too.
Rookie cop Tana Larsson doesn’t mind the dark and quiet. Five months pregnant and hoping to escape the mistakes of her past, she takes a post in Twin Rivers, population 320. Maybe here she can find peace and community for her child.
But with her superior out of commission, Tana becomes the sole police officer in 17,500 square miles. One bitter night, she gets a call about the fatal wolf mauling of two students, and the only way to reach the remote scene is to enlist the help of the arrogant, irritatingly handsome Cameron “Crash” O’Halloran, a local bush pilot with a shady reputation for smuggling and a past cloaked in shadow.
When the macabre scene they uncover suggests violence much more sinister than animal, Tana must trust Crash if she wants to protect the town—and herself—from the evil that lurks in the frozen dark.
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About the Author:
Loreth Anne White is an award-winning, best-selling author of romantic suspense, thrillers, and mysteries. She has won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Romantic Suspense, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Romantic Crown for Best Romantic Suspense and Best Book Overall. In addition, she is a three-time RITA finalist, a Booksellers’ Best finalist, a multiple Daphne Du Maurier Award finalist, and a multiple CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award winner. A former journalist and newspaper editor who has worked in both South Africa and Canada, she now resides in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest with her family.
When she’s not writing you will find her skiing, biking or hiking the trails with her Black Dog, and generally trying to avoid the bears – albeit unsuccessfully. She calls this work, because it’s when the best ideas come!
This book drew me in from the very first page and had my heart beating out of my chest by the third!
Filled with myths and legends and things that go bump in the night, this story is not for the squeamish, but oh my goodness, what a page-turner!
When NetGalley offered me a copy of Loreth Anne White’s upcoming release, In the Barren Ground, I thought sure, sounds interesting. Then I saw the cover and read the blurb and I was hooked.
Being Canadian myself, I immediately connected with the young rookie cop trying to prove herself a capable RCMP officer in the frozen north. Also, I admit to a sense of curiosity; could the author properly portray the loneliness and beauty of the north and still get her story across?
I’d have to say she succeeded in spades!
Filled with vistas reminiscent of Call Of The Wild, Ms. White’s masterful storytelling leads us down a trail of murder and mayhem to an ending that will surprise even the most jaded reader.
I was eighty percent through the book before I guessed who the real killer was. Extremely well-written!
I give In The Barren Ground a resounding 5 lovely kisses and look forward to reading more of this fabulous author’s work.