Nelle and Evan Pereira were thrilled to close on their “forever home,” a spacious paradise nestled against a state forest in Massachusetts. Three months later, on a brisk Saturday morning, their peace is destroyed when an intruder captures Nelle home by herself. Quickly overpowered by the aggressive stranger, she’s forced down to the cold, musty basement where he ties her to a chair. The intruder has a singular, if unusual, demand: he wants her to make a phone call. One that Nelle isn’t confident she can make, even though her life depends on it.
Desperate to see herself and her husband to safety, Nelle doesn’t yet realize this was no chance encounter—it was a carefully planned attack. With no one to hear them scream, their secluded home feels horrifyingly isolated. And before this long day is through, Nelle and Evan, who share a dangerous secret, will bring a violent reckoning down upon all of them.
The Sexy Nerd's Review
I must admit, when I read the premise for this book and seeing the title, I was very intrigued as to what type of story this was going to turn out to be. I’m pleasantly pleased to say, for me, this book was right up my alley. Closing Costs meet Pulp Fiction 2.0 for real. Wow, what a different type of story!
For all you homeowners out there, do you recall the first time you purchased a house? I know I can recall all the details with defined clarity that’s how proud I was to buy my first home. For those of you who haven’t embarked on the road to homeownership, all I can tell you is, when you go through it, you’ll know how it feels. I felt like I was signing my life away. There were papers among more papers and even more papers and there was an assembly line of sorts as we each passed papers around signing off. That’s exactly how Nelle and Evan felt when purchasing their first home. They were so excited, terrified, relieved and proud all at the same time. Yep, that’s the feeling of buying your first home.
And, let’s not forget, Nelle and Evan moved out of their apartment to a very prestigious neighborhood in Massachusetts. Nelle worked in a funeral home and had pretty much seen every type of deceased human that was possible. She happened to work on one in particular that would change the course of her life in a major way.
Nelle was taking a shower in her new expensive home and about to make some coffee, when she realized her husband wasn’t home. She assumed he went out to grab some groceries at the market, when she noticed her husband’s phone was still on the counter. Why on earth wouldn’t he take his phone? She went outside to look around and came back inside when she caught movement out of the side of her eye. Surely, Evan had finally come home and was going to surprise her. However, unfortunately for Nelle, the surprise she got wasn’t her husband at all, but rather an intruder she did not know. What did this man want? Where was Evan? This guy was coming at her with such speed, her mind didn’t have time to process what was happening. She decided to fight for her life, in which she did. She put up a great fight, but this intruder was bigger and much stronger. The next thing she knows, she’s tied up in her basement staring at a man that she thought she’d seen before, but couldn’t quite place her finger on where? And that, readers, is where this insane story begins to take form.
OMG!!! When I tell you I was glued to the pages, I was completely within my element. I was so engrossed in the story of Nelle and Evan. I must warn you though. If you’re the type of reader who doesn’t enjoy reading violent content, blood and guts, you may want to pass this one up. This story gets pretty darn violent. Woo Wee! The violent scenes were detailed very well. Normally, when some authors write out fight scenes, they don’t always mesh in the mind’s eye. But trust me when I tell you, MacLeod was able to put you in the damn driver’s seat for sure. I felt every punch, pull, scratch and bite. After having read this story, I decided to read up on the author and I soon discovered that he’s a martial arts teacher. And it most definitely shows in his writing. I was stunned with how well he wrote those scenes.
Overall, this was a pretty decent read. I’m sure not everyone will agree with my opinion. It takes a certain type of mind to read these types of stories and being a writer myself, I pretty much imagine all kinds of things to do to my characters, so violence and strong language isn’t something that bothers me. Not every story is going to be presented to you as a gift in a box with a bow. It’s just not going to happen, and that’s ok. You like what you like, and I definitely liked this book because it was different, and I enjoy different.
The Sexy Nerd gives Closing Costs four additional papers to add to the list. Reader beware though, it does contain lots of violence, sexual situations and profanity. If you’re not the squeamish type of reader, I most certainly would advise you give this a try. It’s well written and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Closing Costs will be out on Tues., July 20, 2021 at a book retailer near you! You will be entertained, that’s for darn sure. Until next time, you know what to do!
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