Five years ago, Keelyn Blake's armed, mentally ill stepfather took her family hostage in their house in rural Colorado. She and her half-sister Raven made it out alive, but others did not. Authorities blamed the father's frequent hallucinations about a being named Lucent, but in the end, even the best of the FBI's hostage negotiators failed to overcome the man's delusions and end the standoff peacefully.
Now, Lucent is back, and he's no hallucination. In fact, he is a very real person with dangerous motives. He has kidnapped Raven's daughter, and--Keelyn worries--maybe has hurt Raven as well. Though she is estranged from her sister, Keelyn feels the immediate need to find Raven and save what family she has left. But when others who were involved in that fateful day start dying, some by mysterious circumstances, Keelyn wonders if she can emerge unscathed a second time.
Tense, descriptive prose will grip you from the very first page -- and it is graphic at times. Disturbing. So disturbing in fact that I could only take reading Poison in small doses. Please keep in mind that I'm not a Criminal Minds kind of girl. I get spooked easily. And evil mind games send my imagination into overdrive. I had some sleepless nights angsting over Redwood's psychological thriller style plot.
The other thing that really grabbed me was an overwhelming sense of despair that permeated through the pages. I didn't really see a light at the end of the tunnel for any of the characters until very close to the last page. That includes the hero and heroine. Their love is strong, but circumstances and past secrets threaten to overwhelm them as evil dogs them every page. Redwood excels at creating mood with her words.
If you enjoy a chilling read that might just keep you up at night, Poison is the book for you.
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