Book Review: Reclaiming Raven by Mary Holt

Reclaiming Raven by Mary Holt

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BOOK INFO
Title: Reclaiming Raven
Author: Mary Holt
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Publish Date: June 17, 2018

BOOK BLURB
Murder, even in self-defense, is a preemptive act. Raven Balback’s obsessive husband demands she return to their marriage. The frightened woman, partially paralyzed from her last encounter with him, flees. Unable to locate his wife, Cole burns the buildings that sheltered her in the past and endangers lives. Raven must decide whether to sacrifice herself for strangers or grasp for a life free of her vows.


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MY REVIEW
Raven is a disabled woman trying to escape from her abusive husband. Her husband, Cole, has contacts that make escaping from him very difficult. She manages to make her way to a new town, but when Cole is unable to locate her, he starts targeting innocent people to bring her out of hiding.

Raven is determined to get away from Cole. Though she is met with additional challenges due to her disabilities, she remains independent and resourceful. Her disabilities are physical (partial paralysis); however, she possesses all her mental faculties. A good thing, because Cole is coming after her with everything he’s got. Cole is methodical and cruel in his hunt for Raven. He is obsessed with her, and thinks he must control everything about her. The story focuses on Raven’s attempt to stay far away from Cole, but there are flashbacks that highlight some of the abusive and disturbing behavior she suffered while married to Cole.

The characters are mostly well developed. Personally, I didn’t care for Raven, though I did feel for her situation and wanted her to get away from Cole. She possesses several great traits in a female protagonist, like being strong-willed and enterprising, but she is also naive. Considering her position and her past experiences, it seems like she would be more discerning. As for Cole, he is really easy to hate. His behavior is frenzied and brutal. The supporting characters add to the story, with some being likable and others not so likable. Kelsey is a particularly maddening character, though very realistic. Hands down my favorite character is Millie, Raven’s service dog.

This is Mary Holt’s debut novel. A gripping thriller about a woman on the run. Dark, disturbing, and fast-paced.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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