Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Pushed (Held #2) ~ Kimberly A. Bettes

Ron Redwine is an up-and-coming author, a man whose lifelong dream of achieving celebrity status in the literary world is finally becoming a reality. But Ron isn't only a writer. He's also a sadistic serial killer who kidnaps, tortures, and murders women in his basement.

Nicole Lee is a beloved wife and mother. She's also the only woman who has ever escaped Ron's clutches. After being held in captivity for nearly a year, she found a way out, a way to be free once again and go back to her life. Only she can't. The life she knew before her abduction is gone. Separated from her husband and son, Nicole is psychologically broken. She spends months in a mental health facility trying to put the past behind her so she can return to her family.

Upon her release, Nicole hides herself away in a fleabag motel where she wrestles with her demons alone. When an interview on the local news advertises the last two stops on Ron's latest book tour, she becomes enraged. Furious that he's able to live his life happily while she's reduced to an existence filled with guilt and despair, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

Pushed too far, Nicole seeks her revenge, using Ron's own devices against him.

For mature audiences only. From the dark mind of Kimberly A. Bettes comes the highly anticipated sequel to HELD. Be warned: This book is every bit as raw and gritty as the first.

**SPOILER ALERT** The below contains spoilers if you have not read book one, HELD**

All I saw when I looked at him was blood and gore, anger and rage, torture and brutality. While the rest of the world saw a well put together and debonair author, I saw a sadistic madman. 

Pushed is the revenge sequel to Held and continues Nicole’s storyline after she escaped from Ron’s clutches. Despite escaping and returning home to an adoring husband and beautiful baby boy Nicole cannot adjust to life as normal. After checking herself in and out of a mental institution she decides conventional therapy just isn’t going to cut it. She’s going to take matters into her own hands.

I don’t know why I did it- I’m still reeling from the book hangover from the first book and that is now super intensified! Nicole and Ron’s story- whoa intense to say the least. This duo will stay with me for a long, long time. 

My heart broke and shattered as Nicole was holed up in some ratty motel as she called her husband from a disposable phone. I could almost feel her agony being away- being too unstable and not wanting to bring any darkness to her family. I could feel her husband’s desperation as well, a man emasculated, with no way to bring peace to his wife. *sobs*

I think maybe Ron grew on me a little bit. We see into his mind and he truly has convinced himself he’s in love with Nicole. But a monster like him is impossible to redeem. 

Another 5 star read for sure and I’d highly recommend this book to thriller and horror readers alike. I can’t rave enough about this! Emotional, gory, thought-provoking and guaranteed to make your stomach drop a number of times! 

You know I think I might read a FLUFFY book after these two… *gasp*


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