Hold Still by Lisa Regan
Posted by brriske
by Lisa Regan
BLURB: Three men are viciously assaulting Philadelphia’s prostitutes, and it’s up to veteran detective Jocelyn Rush to stop them. She catches two, but they won’t betray their partner, the most dangerous of all, and the attacks continue, striking closer to home. Jocelyn’s only real clue comes when a monster from her past resurfaces–now she must race to connect the demons of her past with the villain of her present–before the sadistic attacker sets his sights on her. Excerpt: “Did you Mirandize him?” Jocelyn asked. Finch slipped the handcuff key into the locking mechanism. “What do you think?” “I ain’t gettin’ locked up,” Martin said. “I ain’t gettin’ locked up.” Once again, his voice rose in pitch and volume. When Finch freed the cuffs from the bedrail and reached for Martin’s other hand, the man shot upward, stumbling forward. He lashed out with one arm, knocking Finch backward, sending him flat on his ass. As he fell, Finch knocked the tray table over, remnants of the used suture kit flying everywhere. Before her brain had even completely registered what was going on, Jocelyn’s hand was reaching for her gun. She was too late. Martin lunged at her and crushed her against his chest before she could unsnap her holster. He wrapped a meaty forearm around her throat. She reached up and pulled down on it with both hands, prepared to struggle until she felt the cool blade of a knife against the flesh of her throat. “Hold still,” he breathed into her ear, the smell of alcohol burning her nostrils. Where the hell had he gotten a knife? She had time for one word before the forearm clenched, leaving her only enough room to breathe, nothing more. “Finch.” Martin hollered again. She couldn’t hear him because the adrenaline surging through her momentarily silenced the entire world. He kept squeezing her throat, then releasing slightly and pressing the blade against her skin. She strained her eyes, trying to see Finch in her periphery. He was getting up, slowly. His hand went to his holster, a little too slowly for her taste.
Hold Still is a stand alone full length novel. It is a suspense thriller genre story. This story has a little bit of cursing, abduction, rape, and torture wrapped up in a great big who done it.
This story starts out with Jocelyn, a single mother and a cop, saving her daughter after a criminal carjacked her vehicle with her daughter inside. While sitting in the ER Jocelyn and her partner, Kevin, overhear a nurse trying to convince a victim to talk to the police about her assault. Only to find out Jocelyn actually knows the victim from a long string of prostitution and drug arrests. Only this is different. Anita was abducted, raped, and tortured. This crime hits a little close to home for Jocelyn, and she just can’t let it go.
This book has a great story, plot, and characters. The characters are well developed, consistent, and relatable with plenty of flaws. The story is well developed and consistent. There are several twists and turns to keep you guessing and plenty of action to keep you engaged.
I only have two minor complaints. First, Jocelyn’s daughter Olivia is supposed to be a 3 yr old toddler. However her character acted and spoke more like a 6+ yr old. This isn’t a big deal, just had me shaking my head at times and wondering when the last time the author interacted with a 3 yr old was. Second, I figured out pretty quickly who the “bad guy” was. This didn’t in any way distract me from enjoying the story.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good suspense, thriller, who done it novel.
I give it 4 fangs!
AUTHOR Bio and Links: Lisa Regan is a crime fiction author. Her first novel, Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards 2013. It was runner-up for Best Novel. It was also a Digital Book Today Best of 2013 ebook selection. In December 2013, Finding Claire Fletcher and her second novel, Aberration were #1 Amazon bestsellers in the Kidnapping and Serial Killers categories, respectively. Lisa is a member of Sisters In Crime. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Her third novel, Hold Still is due out late March 2014! Author Website: http://www.lisaregan.com Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Regan/e/B009YY091I/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Lisa-Regan/189735444395923 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lisalregan Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6443334.Lisa_Regan Buy Links: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hold-Still-Lisa-Regan-ebook/dp/B00J2BHONO/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1395278962&sr=1-3&keywords=hold+still Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hold-still-lisa-regan/1118931695?ean=2940149424092 Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/420047 Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/hold-still-3 Lisa will be awarding an eCopy of Hold Still to five randomly drawn commenters during the tour and a print book of Hold Still to five randomly drawn commenters (US & Canada ONLY). A grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card will be awarded to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.