Lillian Locke had the perfect life in Boulder, Colorado. She had the boyfriend of her dreams, a wonderful family, awesome friends, and a spot on the track team at a great college. There wasn’t anything life could throw at her that she couldn’t get through . . . until he found her.
Lillian never could have imagined being abducted and chained up in the dark. Worse yet, being just one of many girls kidnapped and held captive by a madman. All she can do now is hope that she survives the brutality of their captor long enough to find a way to free herself and her new captive friends.
When Richard Haines’ girlfriend goes missing, he makes it his personal mission to find the woman he loves and bring her home to the safety of their loved ones. Seeking the help of friends and family, Richard abandons everything except for his pursuit of Lillian. But when someone else close to Richard goes missing, and the bodies of the abducted girls start showing up in the hills outside Boulder, the only thing he can do is hope that he finds her before it is too late.
I finished this book a couple of days ago, yet waited to formulate my review. I read this book a long time ago in it’s fanfiction form, and couldn’t wait to see what changes the author made to it.
As soon as I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. Whilst the story was familiar, I wasn’t at all prevented from wanting/needing to carry on, so I could find out what happened. I read a lot of mystery/thriller books, and Black Rose could certainly hold it’s own in the genre.
Although there are a lot of characters for the reader to get to know, they are all well rounded and individual, preventing them to get confused in the reader’s minds. None of them feel surpluss or just added for the sake of it; each and every one adds something to the story.
When we are with the girls, my heart was in my mouth much of the time, which is a testament to Thompson’s ability to keep us guessing. Parts of the story are not an easy read, but these are done for mere shock value or gratuitously. These events which will have you shocked and stunned, yet are essential to the movemnt of the plot.
Highly recoemmended for lovers of suspense thrillers. Whilst there is a romance element, it’s not central to the plot. Fast paced and well worth the read!