Author: Stacy Green
Publisher: Muse It Up Publishing
About the book: Branch Manager Emilie Davis is having a day like any other–until two masked men storm into WestOne Bank demanding cash. Her hopes of a quick end to her terror are dashed when she realizes one of the men has no interest in the bank’s money. Emilie is his prize, and he’s come to claim her.
When hostage negotiator Nathan Madigan and Las Vegas SWAT enter the bank on a rescue mission, Emilie’s captor makes a shocking escape into the abyss that lies beneath the city: the Las Vegas storm drains, a refuge for the downtrodden and the desperate.
HOW WILL IT END?
Who is the man the media has dubbed the “Taker?” Why is he after Emilie, and what is the connection he’s convinced they share?
Emilie can’t run from the Taker, and she can’t escape her own past. As her life closes in on her, she has nowhere to turn but to Nathan. The lines of professionalism blur as Nathan becomes determined to save Emilie. Together they venture into the depths beneath Las Vegas and discover a shocking piece of the puzzle.
But the Taker remains one step ahead. Desperate for the threat to emerge from the shadows, Emilie makes a bold move to reclaim her life, and it may cost her everything.
My thoughts: Loved it! The action starts immediately with the bank heist and doesn't slow down. You are introduced to Emilie, Nathan and the Taker all within the first few pages. Emilie has had a pretty tough life, including an unhappy childhood. As the book progresses you learn more and more about her life and begin to see why she thinks the way she does. At the same time though we are learning about Nathan's and Julian's (Taker's) backgrounds and how each of them had tragedies, yet all turned out so differently from each other.
Even though this is set in Las Vegas, it has very little to do with the gambling and casinos that everyone associates with Vegas. What you hear about are the homeless and those living in the tunnels and sewers under the city. Just today I turned on Inside Edition to see them interviewing one couple that was living in this very sewer system. I found this to be quite a coincidence, as the many times that I have been to Vegas, I never even knew of this problem.
But back to the book - the tension builds throughout as they get closer and closer to figuring out who the Taker is - and begin to uncover how his plan came to be. Clues start to crop up helping them to identify him and they are able to link him to another crime committed years before. It does a very good job of tying it all together at the end. I am looking forward to Stacy's next book!
~I received a complimentary ecopy of Into the Night from the author in exchange for my unbiased review.~
She is doing a signed print giveaway via Goodreads until the end of the month. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16133730-into-the-dark
She is also doing a character contest for anyone who signs up for her newsletter through the end of the month. Everyone who signs up will be entered into the contest to have their name as a character in an upcoming Delta Crossroads book.