12/20/16

Relentless by Nancy Alexander Book Review and Giveaway


By on 12/20/2016 09:57:00 AM

I read a lot of psychological thrillers and Relentless by Nancy J. Alexander seemed to be a perfect fit for my reading list. What was my review of Relentless by Nancy J. Alexander?

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Quick Summary of Relentless by Nancy Alexander. "The little girl lay under the hay stack scarcely breathing. Sweat poured down her face and dripped into her eyes; her heart pounded through her thin chest. Tiny flecks of hay clung to her wet skin, making her itch. She squeezed her nose tightly afraid she'd sneeze. Eyes clamped shut, she lay there. Flies buzzed around her, crawling on her. She didn't move. She didn't know how long she'd been there in the loft. She didn't care how long she stayed. She couldn't move. Not yet."

Nearly a lifetime after a childhood filled with misery and abuse, Gina, now a successful doctor, finds herself thrown back into a terrifying world where her nightmares become far more than just a dream. With the help of an unconventional therapist with secrets of her own, the hunt is on and Gina fights for her life in this harrowing tale of cat and mouse.

The book's formats leads to strong character development. The scenes of this book cross multiple states and decades of time--and include a rather large cast of characters. The author writes in short chapters, with each chapter dedicated to a group of characters and a given time frame. Readers are able to learn much more about the characters and their stories from these short, third person narratives than they would from a single, storyteller. 

I couldn't put Relentless down. This is probably the longest book I've read in a day in a long time. I was drawn to many of the characters and needed to share in the resolutions. Some of the details are repeated in various chapters (from different character points of view) at times--but, those changes in perspective gave each of the characters stronger roles in the novel's flow.

Would I recommend Relentless by Nancy J. Alexander? I loved this book.The subject matter was difficult and psychological aspects were certainly woven throughout the book's twists and turns. The characters are well developed and the story is fairly complete as readers move the the various character-focused chapters. I would certainly recommend this to fans of serial killer based thrillers or psychological thrillers in general. When I was about halfway through the novel--I noticed that the cover of the book called this an Elisabeth Reinhardt novel--so, I am now off in search of another Elisabeth Reinhardt novel from the series for my reading list!

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Meet the Author:
Love of the mystery/thriller genre combines with psychotherapy training and experience to produce an emotionally supercharged dramatic novel. Nancy Alexander has devoted much of her professional life to helping survivors of childhood trauma; their distress has been ingrained and works to create characters who give voice to their plight.

To analyze the evil minds that prey on others and the intricacies of law enforcers who pursue them seemed a natural interlacing of professional, literary and creative interests.

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About Angela

Angela is a freelance writer and blogger, blessed with 3 daughters, 4 cats, 1 needy dog, and 1 very supportive husband.

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