A Perfect 10
Alaska - Present Day
Shay Morgan has dealt
with nightmares all of her life, but shortly after an accident that almost takes
her life, they start getting worse. Even more disturbing is the nightmarish
turn her waking hours have taken. A visit to the lone bookstore in her small
town sends her world into a spin when she sees autographed copies of Shane
Neil's latest book. She knows that Elliot Winter, the store's owner, is a
fan—that's something you learn about a person you dated for a year. They broke
up when Shay couldn't share any of her horrific past with him, and while Shay
misses him every day, she plans to keep her past private. She never even told
him that she's Shane Neil, his favorite author. Being Shane Neil though, she
knows for a fact that the author has never signed books in Elliot's store, so
she needs to figure out who did.
That's only the beginning of her new
nightmare, though, as Shay realizes that “Shane Neil” has set up pages on
several social media sites. Shay is reclusive for a reason, and she has no
intention of letting people get to know her. In fact, choosing a male name for
her pseudonym was meant to hide her identity even more. But when the imposter
posts libelous information about Elliot, Shay knows she has to be a little more
proactive in her actions to stop this person. Enough of her life has been taken
from her, Shay's not about to let anyone take any more—especially not if it
hurts Elliot in the process.
STOLEN is an absolutely riveting suspense
story. Between the accident that left Shay in a coma for a week and the
nightmares the accident has somehow stirred up, she's feeling a little fragile
right now. Shay has no memory of the first four years of her life, only glimpses
of a closet and blood and screaming, but since coming home from the hospital
after her recent accident, she's remembering more. Learning that someone is
stealing her identity and all she's worked for makes her furious—enough to push
past the nightmares and the loneliness to fight. Elliot could tell there was
something bad in Shay's past, and he tried to be patient, but after a year of
pursuit and another year of dating, he was frustrated by her lack of trust.
When she finally opens up about her secret career, six months after they broke
up, he isn't sure what to believe—after all, he's already met someone who is
claiming to be Shane Neil. When it becomes clear that “Shane” is coming after
both of them, Elliot knows that he'll do whatever it takes to protect Shay.
Being vulnerable from recent events only makes having someone
impersonate her all the more terrifying for Shay, yet we also get to see the
survivor inside. As her past is slowly revealed, readers get a chance to see
the strong woman Shay is, even as she hides herself, not only from danger but
from the world in general. As reclusive as she is, Shay can't imagine who could
know enough about her to pull this off. Yet, even as she thinks she has things
figured out, Shay's world will be rocked once again, and readers will be left
guessing as to what the truth really is. Between the compelling characters and
a story so gripping that I couldn't put it down, I'm awarding STOLEN a Perfect
10, and highly recommend it.
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