Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: The Grind by Nikki M. Pill

Wow! What a thriller. It starts off slow and the pace picks up fast and keeps going right up to the end. The Grind kept me up late. I can't wait until the next book.

Anna Zendel, the main character in the book, was a burlesque dancer and therapist in The Tease, the first book in The Darling Killer Trilogy. In book 2, she is waiting to see if she will be allowed to practice therapy again and is working as coordinator/leader for the burlesque troupe, but not performing herself. The Darling Killer takes exception to that and starts to kill again after the admonition, "Keep performing and they live."

And to amp up the suspense factor, "Anna’s stage training and psychological savvy arm her for another deadly dance, but a series of sinister accidents threaten the survival of everyone she loves while a killer watches her from the wings."

So, Anna is fighting evil on 2 fronts, and she does so marvelously. She is a very human protagonist. Suffering from PTSD as a result of an attack in book one, she still manages to pull it together when it really counts. Some of the other characters are well developed while others are shallow. The shallow ones serve a purpose as well. They're important because of their reactions to what's going on around them which helps further characterize the others and move the plot forward.

The suspense is well done right up to the end. Seriously I can't wait for the third book in this trilogy. I want to know what happens next. I don't want to detail what I want to know next because it would give away spoilers.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. It is well written and fulfills its description of a suspense/thriller title. It's a hard book to put down.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.