Review: Swerve by Vicki Pettersson

Swerve - Vicki Pettersson

Published by: Gallery Books (July 7th 2015)


ISBN: 9781476798578


Source: Netgalley


Rating: 4*



It’s high summer in the Mojave Desert, and Kristine Rush and her fiancé, Daniel, are en route from Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, California, for the July Fourth holiday weekend. But when Daniel is abducted from a desolate rest stop, Kristine is forced to choose: return home unharmed, but never to see her fiancé again, or plunge forward into the searing desert to find him…where a killer lies in wait.

One road. One woman. One killer.

Sprinting against the clock, and uncertain if danger lies ahead or behind, Kristine must blaze an epic path through the gaudy flash of roadside casinos, abandoned highway stops, and a landscape rife with horrors never before imagined. Desperate to save her doomed husband-to-be, Kristine must summon long forgotten resources if she’s to go head-to-head against this unpredictable killer. And she’d better hurry. Because she only has twenty-four hours…to make one hell of a trip.



This book was recommended to me by a fellow reviewer, and I'm so glad as I'd have hated to miss this fantastic read. It is tense and thrilling, with Pettersson's brilliantly descriptive prose making for such vivid imagery that I felt I was the one frantically looking for Daniel.


The plot is compulsive, drawing you in from the outset and leaving you helpless to fight the momentum. It is meticulously thought out with plenty of surprises and 'Noooo!' moments.

Swerve is compelling psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat - it's one hell of a ride!