by S.R. Johannes
Series: The Nature of Grace #1
Published by Coleman & Stott Release date : November 29th 2011
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
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16-year-old Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival.
When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.
One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father.
Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.
Heading into this, I thought I knew exactly what it was about. I mean, c’mon. Girl in the woods/Forest. Rescued by mysterious -hot- guy. It just screams “werewolf” story line. Well, I was wrong. Not in a bad way.
This book was insane.
After the disappearance of her father, Grace has spent 3 months searching the forest where he was last seen to no avail. Declared dead, the search parties have ceased their efforts.. Determined to find any clues– and not accepting that her father is dead–Grace continues the investigation against all odds. Things don’t go as planned and she soon stumbles upon more sinister secrets and will stop at nothing to uncover them all. And someone will stop at nothing to silence her.
It took a long time for the story to really hit the head and get moving. After that ball was rolling though, I was constantly second guessing everyone and everything. The deception and horror of what these people are doing was just.. insane. Knowing that these horrible, sick acts actually happen, makes things a little more real. I actually felt quite queasy.
I really like Grace. She’s smart, funny and stubborn. She has held herself together so well since the disappearance of her Father and it was heartbreaking to watch her struggle. She’s fierce and loyal. I understood her reluctance with Mo– hello weird man in the woods. What I didn’t understand was why she kept Mo from everyone else. Their slow building relationship was sweet. Their relationship is taken to a whole new level though; as the secrets start to unfold, and here– is where we see how much they care about and need each other.
Along with Mo, there is also Wyn– Grace’s ex boyfriend and best friend. It’s not necessarily a “triangle” but it’s made evident that they both still care about each other. I can’t say with 100% certainty on why they broke up though.
It’s hard to go into details about everything. Lets just say that; everyone.. and I mean EVERYONE has a secret. The deception, lies and cover ups could keep any police force busy for months. There were several occasions when I actually gasped at the revelations. A lot goes down, people die and relationships will be ruined FOREVER.
On a side note- Let me just say that I thought Wyn’s outburst at the end caused me to almost throw my kindle. Selfish prick.
Overall- Fantastic start to a series. One of the best mystery/thrillers I have read. Full of deception, lies and murder, Untraceable will you have second guessing until the end. We also have a HUGE cliff hanger, so I am dying to get my hands on the sequel.
*Book was read towards my TBR Pile Reading Challenge and part of my freebie picks (where I read and review free ebooks)