Title: Exit 22
Series: Black Swamp Mysteries, #1
Author: P.M. Terrell
Genre: Mystery – Suspense
Political strategist Christopher Sandige is driving along Interstate 95 in North Carolina when he is involved in a one-car accident. Stranded for the weekend, he meets a beautiful but mysterious woman and is immediately pulled into a double homicide. Now he’s on the run from law enforcement—and a hired assassin. As he falls deeper for Brenda Carnegie, he begins to wonder if she is the killer. As he pieces everything together and comes closer to the truth—time runs out.
He placed his hands on the dock ladder, the frigid steel biting his hands with an unexpected ferocity. Quickly, he began to scale the ladder as Brenda knelt down beside him. She had just started to hold her hand out to assist him when a great blue heron cried out, it’s trumpeting voice aggressive and hoarse as it floated on the wind just above their heads. Chris watched Brenda as she pulled back and tilted her head to admire the huge bird, the wind catching her hair.
He heard the sound of the shot in almost the same instant as he felt it whiz between them in the exact location where she’d knelt only a moment ago.
“Jesus!” he cried out, releasing his grip on the ladder and plunging into the water.
In a flurry of activity, Brenda threw herself back into the boat with a sudden fury, crossing the open stern as another shot rang out and echoed across the lake. Chris bounced out of the water almost the second his body struck it, flinging himself onto the deck in a fluid movement borne of a rapid surge of adrenaline. He half-crawled, half-propelled himself toward the rope that tied the boat to the dock as Brenda frantically tried to start the engine. As it sputtered and stalled and another bullet barely missed his bobbing and weaving body, he frenetically loosened the rope, his fingers feeling fat and uncoordinated and the rope stiff and unyielding.
His eyes darted toward the house as he threw the now-loosened rope into the boat and raced toward the bow, where it bobbled in the water with one remaining rope tethering it to the dock. The man from the hotel was walking calmly from the back door, his arm raised, his eyes measured as he crossed the small yard toward them. He was too far away for him to strike his target, but Chris knew it would be only seconds before he was close enough for his aim to be sure. Maniacally, he worked at the rope as the engine coughed, its slow groan in contrast with his rapidly beating heart.
As the last inch of rope was freed, he threw himself into the bow as another bullet whizzed past him and the engine sprung to life.
“Jesus!” he screamed again. “He’s trying to kill me!”
Then he was throwing himself toward the steering wheel, pushing Brenda away as he thrust the boat into reverse. The boat’s sudden movement knocked his breath from him, but his hands continued to grip the wheel with stubborn ferocity. Brenda pulled herself from the floor and raised her gun over the windshield. As he turned the boat from shore, he vaguely sensed her moving through the vessel, returning the man’s fire as they sped away toward open water.
Exit 22 was a powerful mystery and suspense. It had me gripping my seat the whole time. I was excited and nervous at the same time when they were being chased. My heart was racing and I couldn’t put the book down. It’s suspense and thrilling action kept me turning the pages and wanting to find out what happens next.
P.M. Terrell did an amazing job capturing my interest and getting me hooked in the story. I was completely absorbed. I rarely read suspense and mysteries but this one was exceptional.
The characters were well-developed and I’m looking forward to reading more about them in the next instalments. I liked Chris and Brenda’s tandem. They were an effective team.
The descriptive part of the story didn’t quite do it for me. There were times when there were too much information for my liking and nothing was left for the imagination, but nothing too major. The characters and the well-made plot made up for it.
Overall, it was an entertaining read and I enjoyed it. If you’re looking to get your hearts pumping, Exit 22 is a book for you.
Books and Bindings was given a review copy of Exit 22 by Girls Heart Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence or alter the thoughts and opinions of this review in any way.
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