Oct 14, 2016

Book Review: Off Season

Winter winds off the Atlantic have turned the tourist mecca of Seaside Creek, New Jersey, into a ghost town. Dr. Christina Paxton, however, is growing accustomed to living with ghosts. Recently widowed, the emergency room physician has returned to the shore with her young daughter, house-sitting a sprawling beachside Victorian home. One night, her two-year-old calls her by a name that makes Christina’s blood run cold and sends her thoughts spiraling back thirty years.

Deeply unnerved, and certain someone else is in the house, she flees with her child into the cold night, only to come face-to-face with Chief Harris Bowers, a former classmate with whom Christina has a complicated history. Now divorced, Harris hopes to mend their past, but Christina is wary of being played for a fool again. As threats emerge, Christina and her small family find themselves in grave danger. It seems there is no one she can put her trust in—least of all herself.

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Chilling.  Both the weather in New Jersey during the winter and the book.  I found OFF SEASON to be an excellent thriller with touches of insanity with a strong romantic element between Christina and Harris.

Christina is a young widow who has dealt with insanity after the birth of her daughter.  When she comes home after her husband's death, she isn't quite sure if she is dealing with a genuine treat or if she is going insane again.  That is until Harris finds proof that someone is out to get her.

The pacing is delicious with is racing along filled with danger interspersed with enough slowdowns to allow the reader to catch their breath and the romance to grow between Christina and Harris.  Dialogue flows and at times is witty.  The danger is real and you will never guess who the actual villain is.

I highly recommend OFF SEASON to any of my readers who enjoy a good thriller filled with both physical and psychological threats.  There is some violence though nothing extremely graphic.  And if you are interested in checking out other books by Ms. Thompson once you finish OFF SEASON, just click here.  


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