Swerve by Vicki Pettersson

July 13th, 2015 Kimberly Review 82 Comments

13th Jul
Swerve by Vicki Pettersson
by Vicki Pettersson
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Thriller
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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.

Are you looking for a terrifying, dark thriller this summer? Swerve by Vicki Pettersson just might fit the bill. Toted as being the next Gone Girl, Pettersson takes the reader on a twisted, intense journey over the July 4th weekend. Set against the backdrop of the Mojave Desert, Swerve was an intense thriller that is sure to make you shiver.

“On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair……..And I was thinking to myself ‘This could be heaven or this could be hell'” –Hotel California, Eagles

Caffeinated Aspects of Swerve:

  • Swerve was action-packed and from the very first chapter the reader is drawn in. The tale is dark, gory and reminiscent of classic horror films. The ones that had you snuggling close to your sweetie late night at the drive-in and screaming..yep good times.
  • Kristine Rush and her fiancé, Daniel, are headed to Lake Arrowhead, California. They plan to spend the July Fourth holiday weekend at his childhood home. After a near miss and a coffee spill, they pull over at a desolate rest stop. *que horror music* Daniel is abducted and Kristine must meet the demands of his captor or lose him forever.
  • Clues, horrific incentive, and a game of cat and mouse quickly ensue. The tasks begin simple enough but we quickly come to realize we are dealing with a complete sociopath.
  • As if things aren’t twisted enough we slowly learn about Kristine’s childhood and *shivers*
  • If you crave dark, twisted cringe worthy scenes, Swerve will surely satisfy your cravings. Seriously, that horror sound track was running through my head the entire time and just when I thought it could not get any darker the author went there.

Decaffeinated Aspects of Swerve:

  • Sometimes Kristine was stupid. Hey, I know she is freaked out and possibly losing her mind but there were a couple of times I was disappointed.
  • This is brutal folks. Swerve was dark, sick, and violent. I am talking death, torture and dismemberment. This is not a book for the feint of heart. View Spoiler »
  • The plot twist revealed itself too early but I was still vested in the outcome.

Swerve was an intense thriller and the perfect summer horror novel. Just remember not to use the rest stops on your next road trip.

About Vicki Pettersson

Vicki Pettersson

Vicki Pettersson is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels, most set in her hometown of Las Vegas. Though she’ll ever consider that glittering dustbowl home, she now divides her time between Vegas and Dallas,Texas, where she’s learning to like good Tex-Mex (easy) and the Dallas Cowboys (easier than you’d think).

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She's a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat...Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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82 Responses to “Swerve by Vicki Pettersson”

  1. Tiffany

    I also heard classic horror music when I read this book. It kinda reminded me of films like The Hitcher or Joyride, even though the plot was different,

  2. kindlemom1

    I like dark every now and then but I don’t think this will be the book for me, I’, already scared of it and I haven’t even opened it LOL!
    Wonderful review Kim, glad you were bale to get through this one, brave girl!

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  3. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I read in one of the very early reviews that it’s fairly predictable and that the MC was tragically stupid sometimes, which you more or less confirmed. I don’t think this would be the right book for me, but I enjoyed Vicki’s books in the past so who knows.

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  4. Jenny

    Ummmmmmm no. This is not the book for me Kim, but it is most definitely the book for my sister in law who will no doubt love it. She’s my go-to reader of anything twisted and dark:)

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  5. Daniela

    You had me at ” dark, gory and reminiscent of classic horror films”, “, “if things aren’t twisted enough”, ” *shivers*” and “dark, twisted cringe worthy scenes” 🙂

    Sometimes I wonder if there is something wrong with me. I’m sure one day I’m going to read it in an article about people that like creepy reads. lol

    It is going in my TBR list. Thanks for the review 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      For some reason I love weaving these into my tbr pile in the summer..something about hearing crickets at night and reading a thriller.

  6. Ramona

    Ahh! I really wanted to try this, but I didn’t know about the children and animals (I couldn’t stop myself from reading the spoiler 🙂 Now, I’m torn. I’ll file it under “maybe” for now. It’s too bad about the twist being revealed too early… Great review, Kimba. I hope you’re feeling better!

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  7. Melissa (Books and Things)

    Yep, read the spoiler. That would have been what either made me pick this one up or not. I think I can take it now. 😀 I do like dark and twisty and you will have to be disappointed in the protag or they would know way too much. At least that is how I like to look at it. LOL Brilly review and sounds like a great read.

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  8. Zaria

    I love reading horror definitely have to pick this one up 🙂 awesome review though

  9. Lily

    Christy briefly talked about this one over one her blog today and so seeing it twice in one day has me really debating picking it up. I’m not one to read horror (they usually don’t do it for me) but i’m interested in the whole ‘creep’ factor.

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  10. Kathy

    This one has had me intrigued. All I’ve seen so far are the 5-star reviews, so I’m glad to see a review other than that. I’m glad you posted some of those decaffeinated issues and the spoiler because I had no idea that it was that dark. I would still like to read it sometime this year, but I’m happy to know those things when I get ready to take it on.

  11. Lorna

    I am usually up for a dark thriller, but dismemberment just isn’t something I want to read about-maybe I am just not as up for it as I used to be. I think I will pass but thanks for sharing 🙂