Flawed, well-defined characters and the electrifying chemistry between Nathan and Abby are the highlights of Sorenson’s latest story, which takes place in the titular backwoods. Smooth, natural dialogue along with plenty of action can be found throughout. However, while suspense draws the reader in, the story seems to lose direction toward the end, which makes for a confusing read.
Abby Hammond, her college-aged daughter Brooke and Brooke’s stepbrother, Leo, go on a hiking trip in the country backwoods. Recovering alcoholic Nathan Strom, Leo’s dad, joins them hoping to reconnect with his estranged son. What he doesn’t expect is his instant attraction to Abby. Suddenly Brooke goes missing, and Abby is devastated. Determined to find her daughter, Abby goes on a search with Nathan. Nathan and Abby draw closer to each other, both physically and emotionally, as they race to get to Brooke before it is too late. (HQN, Jun., 384 pp., $7.99)