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Book Review: The Stranger by Anna del Mar

Synopsis

When a mysterious stranger is your only hope…

The scars of the past have left their mark, both physical and emotional, on former military pilot Seth Erickson. Off-grid in the far reaches of the bitter Alaskan wilderness, he wants only to be left alone with his ghosts. But he can’t ignore a woman in need—beautiful, stranded and nearly frozen with fear.

Summer Silva never imagined that the search for her missing sister would leave her abandoned on a wintry back road, barely escaping with her life from a cold-blooded killer for hire. Now, hiding out in the isolated cabin of the secretive wounded warrior who saved her, Summer knows she must do what she fears most. Putting her trust in a stranger is all she has left.

All defenses are down

After a fiery first night together, Seth and Summer are bound by a need as powerful as a Bering Sea superstorm—and vulnerable to enemies just as fierce. For Seth, reawakened by desire, there is no sacrifice too great, no memory too dark, to keep Summer safe. But murder and treason lurk everywhere and Summer may not survive Alaska’s ruthless winter.

Book two of the Wounded Warrior series.

Review

If there is anything you can say about this book, it’s that it has all the ingredients you would want in any romantic suspense- romance and suspense! (Duh!) Something else that you won’t find in any other book but this is the abrupt beginning, the ultra complex characters and the page turner formula. You’ll understand what I mean shortly! :p

The story starts with the protagonist Summer cursing the city of Alaska in the middle of nowhere because her car crashed and its freezing cold and and she has absolutely no idea what to do! Isn’t that like a crazy beginning to a novel? The crazier thing being she got right on to the point in the first chapter itself, where the knight in the shining armor, Seth Erickson came to rescue the damsel in distress. Well one thing for sure, that she was no damsel in distress. Why? Because a character as fierce as hers would have turned the world upside down to be safe if it were not for Seth to be there at the right time. A kinky romance story with a suspense so simple yet so complex, it definitely proved to be an engaging read.

A few features that I liked about the story are:

  • The character development and their back stories. It would have involved a lot of time and thinking to weave a story like this.
  • More emphasis on the plot development than developing the relation between the characters. Because the story-line was great.
  • The beginning and the ending. They were ♥.
  • The pun- “Summer in Alaska”. I think little details like this add something extra to the books.

Along with them, there were a few things that irked my little brain:

→SPOILER ALERT←

  • Summer’s disorder was out of the place for me. Sleep-walking is one thing. Getting physically intimate for a whole freaking night and still not waking up from that goddamn sleep is another. How is that even possible?
  • A character like Summer, bowing down in front of a person like Sergio in the past, how is that even possible. That story didn’t fit well with me.
  • The scene that happened towards the very end of the book, where Louise was hanging out in the library with Astrid and Robert. What was that? A dream? Because it sure as hell couldn’t be real. That scene still leaves me confused.

All in all, I would give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Have you read it? What are your views on this one? Please let me know in the comments down below! 🙂

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