Book Review: Winter Road: A Novella

Winter Road

  • Title: Winter Road: A Novella
  • Author: Kristina Rienzi
  • Series: None
  • Genre: Holiday Thriller
  • Publishing Date: December 21st, 2015
  • Publishing Co.: Indigo Hawk Group
  • Length: 137 pages
  • Format: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook
  • Acquired: Given free digital copy in exchange for an honest review
  • Amazon Link: Winter Road: A Novella

On the heels of a bad breakup, Amelia Montgomery heads home for the holidays. Her hometown is a far cry from the metropolis where she lives now, but not nearly far enough away from Jake Grayson.

Amelia’s family festivities turn terrifying when a distraught Jake shows up uninvited on the Montgomery’s doorstep. Jake will not stop until he possesses Amelia; one way or another, she will be his.

In a chilling nightmare, one man’s obsession is so evil, it’s deadly. Amelia must fight for her life, and the lives of those she loves most, in the only place she’s ever called home…WINTER ROAD.

Final Judgment: 4 Stars out of 5

Amelia just broke it off with her abusive fiance. She returned home for Christmas, hoping to leave her broken relationship behind her in the big city, but her ex-fiance, Jake, had other ideas. Used to being in control, he knows that he’s going to get Amelia back. One way or another, she will be his after the night is through.

In this suspenseful thriller, Rienzi does a great job of keeping the action and mystery consistent. The novella starts off somewhat slow as the reader learns about the characters and Amelia’s world. But as soon as Jake enters the picture, the story takes off and doesn’t stop. Rienzi does an amazing job keeping the story engaging and her audience captivated throughout, always hinting at deeper connections than originally meets the eye.

I was able to finish this 137-page novella in just over an hour. To be fair, I may be a faster reader than most. However, it was easy and entertaining to the point where I didn’t want to stop in the middle of the action–which was pretty much the entire book. This would be absolutely perfect as a plane/train ride read, or a nice vacation read. Or really, any small escape from reality.

The only things I wish could have been better was the characterization and believability. Not surprisingly in a novella, the characters did not grow much. They were a bit hard to care about, but the thrill aspect of the novel made up for it. The believability was a bit of an issue, as I had to completely remove myself from the story to suspend my belief enough to get into it. Events were just too coincidental and easy. It did not feel as if this could actually take place in my own world. However, again, this is perfect as a temporary escape from reality or a vacation/travel read, not something that I would dive into when looking for emotional transformation or a challenging of my perspectives. It was just a fun read.

What Thrillers have you read recently that you would recommend? I am looking to grow in this genre!

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