Very suspenseful but gory


Swerve by Vicki Pettersson

Book Review – 3 star rating


This book started out so good I was sure I’d be giving it at least 4 stars. The first half of the book is a very suspenseful cat and mouse game between a damaged woman and a deranged psychopath. I was on the edge of my seat reading. And I never saw the twist coming.

But once that twist comes, the book turns into a gore fest. At that point, it just became another horror book with over the top violence. It was still suspenseful but the acts of torture were truly hard to read and I felt it became predictable.

One element of the book that I felt the author handled very well was the flash backs to show why the main female character Kristine was so damaged. She did a good job in fleshing out this woman and the strength she had drawn from the horrendous events in her life. But I don’t think she handled the flash backs to show the development of a psychopath as well.

All in all, due to the edge-of-your-seat beginning and the development of Kristine, I’ll give the book 3 stars.

This book was given to me by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.


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