Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Review: Extreme Measures by Michele Ashman Bell with Giveaway

  Extreme Measures by Michele Ashman Bell
Paperback, 220 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Covenant Communications
Genre: Suspense
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
Description:  Following the trauma of her estranged husband’s untimely death, Emma Lowell is happy with the life she has rebuilt for herself. She’s engaged to a wonderful man and anticipates a fresh start, free from her troubled past. Only one persistent obstacle remains: Margaret Lowell, her former mother-in-law. Margaret continues to be a demanding presence in Emma’s life, and her requests have become increasingly disconcerting. When Margaret asks Emma to accompany her on a sentimental journey to the family’s mountain cabin, the young woman reluctantly agrees. After all, her fiancé is out of town. No one will miss her. Emma could never have suspected the horror that awaits in the snow-bound cabin, for beneath Margaret Lowell’s elderly façade lies a sinister and terrifying nature—and a plot born of insanity. Alarmed by the dark plan that unfolds, Emma struggles to escape the isolated cabin in a chilling game of cat and mouse. As the danger escalates, and with little hope of rescue, Emma must engage in a battle of wills if she is to avoid becoming the final piece in Margaret’s twisted puzzle . . .
My Review: This started out as a nice little story and quickly turned very suspenseful! I love a good suspense and I really couldn't read this one fast enough. Emma was married to a jerk and after he passed away, his mother suddenly became very attentive to Emma, demanding a lot of her time and attention. Emma is set to remarry and doesn't think it'll hurt to honor one last request of Margaret's. But that could be the worst mistake of her life.

I couldn't help but feel Emma's panic and was desperately hoping for her to figure out some way to get out of her situation and away from insane Margaret. Just when I thought there couldn't possibly be another twist, there was. I loved the way the story took the reader on the outside occasionally, to what Emma's friends, Jess and Cassie, were doing to find her. Although we don't come to intimately know the characters, they are great and we do know they types of people they are--both good and bad. I loved the way it all wrapped up and the epilogue was perfect.

Content: no language; mild-moderate violence (due to the situation, but it wasn't graphic); mild romance (talk of infidelity with no description); moderate religious elements (most of the characters are LDS and there is a lot of praying--but really...who wouldn't pray in such a scary situation?!) Clean.


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About the Author:
Michele Ashman Bell
I grew up in St. George, Utah, where a lot of my family still lives, but now reside with my husband and family in the Salt Lake City area. My favorite thing to do is support my kids in their many interests. Between basketball, ballet and piano lessons we squeeze a lot into a week, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
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