Swerve (Hardcover)

By Vicki Pettersson

Gallery Books, 9781476798578, 352pp.

Publication Date: July 7, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Mass Market (5/31/2016)
MP3 CD (5/31/2016)

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In the electrifying tradition of Dean Koontz and Gillian Flynn comes the first riveting psychological thriller from the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author!

It’s high summer in the Mojave Desert, and Kristine Rush and her fiancé, Daniel, are en route from Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, California, for the July Fourth holiday weekend. But when Daniel is abducted from a desolate rest stop, Kristine is forced to choose: return home unharmed, but never to see her fiancé again, or plunge forward into the searing desert to find him…where a killer lies in wait.

One road. One woman. One killer.

Sprinting against the clock, and uncertain if danger lies ahead or behind, Kristine must blaze an epic path through the gaudy flash of roadside casinos, abandoned highway stops, and a landscape rife with horrors never before imagined. Desperate to save her doomed husband-to-be, Kristine must summon long forgotten resources if she’s to go head-to-head against this unpredictable killer. And she’d better hurry. Because she only has twenty-four hours…to make one hell of a trip.

About the Author

Vicki Pettersson is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the popular Signs of the Zodiac urban fantasy series and the “para-noir” Celestial Blues series. She lives in Las Vegas and Dallas. 

Praise For Swerve

“An exercise in finely written, relentless, all-but-unbearable horror. . . . [Pettersson is] a connoisseur of the unspeakable.”

"Summed up in four words: one twisted, horrifying ride. Vicki Pettersson’s SWERVE kept me up the night after I finished it. Her writing always holds a gritty truth, but she pulls out all the stops in this new thriller set in the Mojave Desert, sending me on a dreadlocks-tight journey of Kristine Rush's past and present, proving that childhood scars never heal, but we can survive and find strength in them. I stand haunted at Pettersson's vision of what one person can endure in the name of love, the pain another can cause in the name of the same. Perfectly terrifying.”
— Kim Harrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“SWERVE is a relentless, brutal thriller with breakneck pacing and heartfelt characterization. Pettersson is a prizefighter, keeping the twists coming like punches to the head, but by the novel’s end, both author and reader emerge victorious.”
— Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of TIN MEN and SNOWBLIND

“If you want a nonstop thrill ride, buckle up and hold on, because you’re about to get whiplash."
— Taylor Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of THE INFORMATIONIST and THE MASK

“SWERVE is a rolling nightmare that speeds you down bloody highways and dizzying switchbacks. A road story as dangerous as a knife hidden in your boot.”
— Richard Kadrey, New York Times bestselling author of the SANDMAN SLIM novels