Blindsided: A Novel by Kate Watterson

Blindsided: A Novel

byKate Watterson

Kobo ebook | July 9, 2019

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A young woman encounters the killer she accused years earlier—and finds herself drawn back into a vortex of evil she thought she’d left far behind her.

A decade after Cadence Lawrence accused the perpetrator in the brutal murder of her high school friend, she’s finally put the nightmare to rest. But the ghosts of her past won’t rest, and an unexpected encounter with the killer reawakens demons she thought were long dead. Gripped by paranoia, Cadence fears she’s being stalked, and suspects that the murderer has invaded the sanctity of her home. Could her chance encounter have rekindled the savage rage that claimed the life of her friend and now threatens Cadence herself?

Half-crazed with fear, Cadence takes flight, but instead of finding sanctuary, she runs headlong into one of the worst snowstorms to blast northern Wisconsin in years. Stranded, freezing, and alone, Cadence confronts her worst nightmare—until deliverance comes in the form of a stranger who rescues her and offers shelter from the blinding storm. But something is not altogether right with her savior, and Cadence is faced with another impossible dilemma. Should she trust this enigmatic stranger, or once again flee for her life? In the midst of an unrelenting storm, the walls are closing in on Cadence.

Title:Blindsided: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 9, 2019Publisher:CROOKED LANE BOOKSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1683317637

ISBN - 13:9781683317630

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Romantic suspense Blindsided by Kate Watterson has been a difficult read. Dr. Cadence Lawrence accidentally crosses paths with a man she had accused of murdering her best friend ten years before. Feeling like her life might be in jeopardy, she leaves her medical practice and her home, only to be snowbound in Wisconsin, where she is rescued by a handsome stranger who brings her to his country home. And that is when the plot becomes bogged down with inane dialogue and unrealistic storylines. The book blurb describes it as a thriller, which is what led me to read it. However, suspenseful romance best describes it. The plot promises an interesting murder mystery but, unfortunately, it evolves into an unrealistic romance. The dialogue often lapses into areas that have nothing to do with the story. If romance novels are your preference, you may enjoy this novel. Please note that this is only my opinion. Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2019-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved seeing Kate again I have loved each one of Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder mysteries, and this one does not disappoint. You would think that she would run out of ideas for mysteries to be solved in a small Amish town; however, this story was fresh and interesting. If any complaint is to be made about it, it's that the story is too short. For a $30 book, this one was a bit on the thin side. It was also a bit predictable. Regardless, I found it hard to put down and it was nice to see Kate again, and get a bit more of a glimpse into her Amish childhood. I look forward to the next story next year.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ninth book in series! Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo is the newest A Kate Burkholder Novel. Kate Burkholder is the chief of police in Painters Mill, Ohio. Kate receives a call from Deputy Warden Jerry Murphy at the Mansfield Correctional Institute saying that Joseph King has escaped. Joseph was convicted two years prior of murdering his wife. His five children now live with their aunt and uncle on a farm outside Painters Mill. Kate grew up with Joseph until his family moved away when she was thirteen. She remembers the crush she had on Joseph and how he changed after his father passed away. Kate does not think Joseph will return to town, but she sets up a watch on Rebecca and Daniel Beachy’s home. Around 3 a.m. Kate is checking the perimeter when she is attacked. Joseph gets the drop of Kate and forces her into the farmhouse. Joseph is holding Kate along with his five children hostage. Joseph swears to Kate that he is innocent, but he refuses to give himself up. He does not want to go back to prison and he will not let the children go. Joseph wants Kate to investigate and prove he did not murder his wife, Naomi. Kate is set free and faces the criticism of her colleagues. She remembers what Joseph was like as a young boy. Kate sets off on her quest for answers. Did Joseph kill Naomi as the evidence suggests? Kate is in for a bumpy ride in Down a Dark Road. I look forward to reading the latest Kate Burkholder book each year and Linda Castillo did not let me down with this tome. Down a Dark Road captured and held my interest. I found the book to be well-written and have a steady pace. The mystery is complex with many twists and turns along the way. I did solve the mystery early in the story, but I enjoyed reading on to see how it would unravel. I would find dealing with the Amish very frustrating if I was a police officer (Kate is so patient). Their reluctance to talk and help the law astounds me. Kate Burkholder is a complicated person. I liked that more of her youth was revealed to us (Kate looks back remembering her time with Joseph). It is nice to see how Kate was as a girl (she grew up Amish). I also appreciated seeing a more vulnerable side of Kate. My rating for Down a Dark Road is 4.5 out of 5 stars. While Down a Dark Road is the ninth book in the series, it can be read alone. Personally, I am glad to have read the whole series, because each volume builds upon the previous. A new layer of Kate’s character is exposed and we discover a little more about Kate. The epilogue was lovely and heartwarming. I look forward to reading the tenth book in A Kate Burkholder series when it releases next year.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood Memories This series has it all, and Down A Dark Road does not disappoint, except you might want to keep the tissues handy. The author has us leading with our hearts, a childhood friend, one you spent hours lost in time with, and now he is a convicted murderer, who claims he is innocent. I have enjoyed all the books in this series, and it is a wonder that Kate Burkholder is even alive, but she is and she shoots from her heart in this story. Will she bring justice, or find out she has been lied to, and will she survive to bring fairness to Joseph’s family, especially little Sadie. What a path Kate finds herself on, now someone wants to kill her, why, and who is responsible. Is everything tied together in a neat ribbon, or does evil prevail here, and it will make you wonder if these things really did or do happen. A page-turner for sure, and you won’t be disappointed! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Minotour Books, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2017-07-11

From the Author

A young woman encounters the killer she accused years earlier—and finds herself drawn back into a vortex of evil she thought she’d left far behind her.A decade after Cadence Lawrence accused the perpetrator in the brutal murder of her high school friend, she’s finally put the nightmare to rest. But the ghosts of her past won’t rest, and an unexpected encounter with the killer reawakens demons she thought were long dead. Gripped by paranoia, Cadence fears she’s being stalked, and suspects that the murderer has invaded the sanctity of her home. Could her chance encounter have rekindled the savage rage that claimed the life of her friend and now threatens Cadence herself?Half-crazed with fear, Cadence takes flight, but instead of finding sanctuary, she runs headlong into one of the worst snowstorms to blast northern Wisconsin in years. Stranded, freezing, and alone, Cadence confronts her worst nightmare—until deliverance comes in the form of a stranger who rescues her and offers shelter from the blinding storm. But something is not altogether right with her savior, and Cadence is faced with another impossible dilemma. Should she trust this enigmatic stranger, or once again flee for her life? In the midst of an unrelenting storm, the walls are closing in on Cadence.