Monday, October 8, 2007

The Last Noel by Heather Graham

The Last Noel
Heather Graham
Mira Books
November 1, 2007
ISBN# 978-0-7783-2525-3

It’s Christmas Eve and the O’Boyle family has gathered together for the holiday. A storm is raging outside when the doorbell rings, and not wanting anyone to freeze they answer the door. The realization that they’ve made a grave mistake comes when they find themselves held at gunpoint by the two men they’ve invited into their home. Their only hope is that Kat, the daughter who was out of the room and hid, can escape and get help. Until then, they’ll have to follow orders and bide their time as peacefully as they can, because these men have made it clear that they’ll shoot Skyler if her husband or family steps out of line.

Out in the freezing snow is a third man unconscious in the car that the armed men have crashed into a snow bank. In her desperate attempt to escape, Kat finds him there and the recognition shocks her. Craig Devon is someone she dated in college and though things ended badly, she can hardly believe her eyes. The storm is too fierce to survive in, and at Craig’s urging she retreats back into hiding. All the while Kat is hoping that an earlier attempt she made to contact the police made it through. Quick thinking may be the only thing that can save them now.

The Last Noel is a tension filled suspense. Hiding when the felons enter their home is the best Kat could do at the time, and now she’ll do anything she can to see her family safe; even if it means having to trust the man who broke her heart. Ms. Graham creates an intriguing psychological thriller that will keep readers in suspense until the last chapter is read. A well-penned and realistic storyline that makes it nearly impossible to set down.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a movie I watched. I can't put my finger on the title of it though...

Kimberly Swan said...

It would make a pretty good movie if they actually stuck to the storyline, but they usually manage to lose something in the process. :)