Title: No Bad Deed
Author: Heather Chavez
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: February 18, 2020
Page Count: 325
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
Packed with the electrifying pacing and pulse-pounding suspense of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner, a thrilling debut about a mother desperate to find the connections between her missing husband and a deadly stalker who knows too much about her own dark family history.
Driving home one rainy night, Cassie Larkin sees a man and woman fighting on the side of the road. After calling 911, she makes a split-second decision that will throw her suburban life into chaos. Against the dispatcher’s advice, she gets out of her minivan and confronts the attacker. That’s when he turns on her and spits out a chilling ultimatum: “Let her die, and I’ll let you live.”
A veterinarian trained to heal, Cassie can’t let the woman die. But while she’s examining the unconscious victim, the attacker steals her car. Now he has her name. Her address. And he knows about her children. Though they warn her to be careful, the police assure her that the perpetrator won’t get near her. Cassie isn’t so sure.
The next day—Halloween—her husband disappears while trick-or-treating with their six-year-old daughter. Are these disturbing events a coincidence or the beginning of a horrifying nightmare? Her husband has been growing distant—is it possible he’s become involved with another woman? Is Cassie’s confrontation with the road-side attacker connected to her husband’s disappearance? With these questions swirling in her mind Cassie can trust no one, maybe not even herself. The only thing she knows for sure is that she can’t sit back while the people she loves are in danger.
As she desperately searches for answers, Cassie discovers that nothing is as random as it seems, and that she is more than willing to fight—to go to the most terrifying extremes—to save her family.
“Let her die, and I’ll let you live.”
No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez begins with Cassie Larkin driving home one night and coming across a horrific crime taking place. Cassie of course calls the police but she can’t stop herself from trying to do more. As Cassie jumps out to help save a women from a sadistic man attacking her he gives her the ultimatum of saving the woman or saving herself.
Now as Cassie was playing hero our attacker steals Cassie’s vehicle so now he knows just where Cassie lives. After talking to the police they try to assure Cassie that she will be perfectly fine, they know who did the crime. However, the next day Cassie’s husband disappears while he is out with their young daughter. How can Cassie not think the two events are not connected??
No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez is a twisty thriller read that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. There’s nothing like a story that feels like it’s putting you through the wringer right along with the protagonist in the book. I would even call this one thought provoking as it all starts with someone doing what she thinks is the right thing in saving someone’s life so you can’t help but think what would you do had it been you. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough after beginning this story so I’d definitely be interested in reading more from this author in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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