Author: Samuel Parker
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
A dark and twisted tale of survival in a remote part of the country where there is more to fear than you can imagine.
Jack and Laura are on a little vacation in Las Vegas to try and spark something back into their relationship. Jack wants a day out of the city so they set off on an adventure that turns into more than they can handle. On a road in the middle of nowhere, the car breaks down and leaves them stranded in the desert. As the hours pass and their supplies dwindle, they begin to wonder if anyone will come down the road to rescue them. Rescue does come, but not in the form they would expect. A desert hermit stumbles upon them and takes them back to his trailer further into the desert. They are grateful for the help, but soon realize he isn’t helping them get home. One night the hermit comes back with a kidnapped girl he found in a cave. It doesn’t take long for Jack and Laura to realize that their vacation has turned into a nightmare. Jack wants to go for help as it might be their only way to survive. What he doesn’t realize is by leaving Laura alone the kidnapper has an opening to get back what was taken from him and more.
Purgatory Road is a gripping tale of what can happen when we take what we have for granted and to be aware of those around us. Jack doesn’t think or seem to really care about his wife very much anymore. It takes going through a terrifying ordeal for him to realize how much he needs to be there for her and what he needs to do to be the husband she needs. Boots, the hermit, was a very interesting character. He was there to help but in his own special way. Seth was like the little devil on your shoulder pushing people down the wrong path. The way Parker wove these characters together made the story a riveting tale that was hard to put down. This is the kind of novel that could easily be read in a single sitting. I had a hard time liking Jack till the very end, but I think that is the way Parker intended it. He’s not very likeable until he realizes the changes he needs to make. I liked that Laura and Jack had these issues they needed to work through and the way the story made them do it. Life can be tough plain and simple. When you throw in the worst humanity has to offer, it can be too much for some without having a little faith to survive. I recommend this to those looking for answers to some difficult questions and want a gripping tale to help them along the way.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.