WARNING – if you are looking for a warm and cozy Christmas anthology to read during the holidays, this book is not for you. This anthology is Christmas on the edge!
Tracked by Claudia Dain
Soon after Lindsay Gray arrives at her family’s summer cottage for winter break, she finds out that her parents are caught up in traffic on the interstate due to a bad accident, and that she’ll be spending a very lonely and cold night alone. As the weather worsens, it causes a limb to fall leaving Lindsay in the dark as well as stranded due to the limb falling on her car. Is it her lucky day or not when her ex boyfriend Keith rides into the yard on his snowmobile? What Lindsay doesn’t know is that Keith has plans to get her deep into the woods and ditch her just like he thinks she ditched him when she took off to college. This story only gets more and more bizarre as a stranger comes to Lindsay’s rescue and instead of being rescued she ends up running for her life. The entire cabin in the woods setting grabbed my attention from the start of this story and held it til the very last page. If I hadn’t been a fan of this particular author beforehand, I would be now.
Still In The Night by Dee Davis
Jenny Fitzgerald is still reeling after the death of her husband, even though she was in the process of divorcing him. Imagine how she feels, when she gets a strange phone call warning her to Get Out and then right before her eyes her best friend is gunned down inside her home. Jenny barely escapes with her own life as she flees out a window and takes off on the run. Soon it will become obvious that Jenny no longer knows her friends from her enemies as the threat against her life becomes even greater. Dee Davis gives us a strange twist with this particular story though and you’ll find yourself totally wrapped up in the story of good versus evil.
Wounded by Evelyn Rogers was for me the weakest story of the group. Tessa Hampton has chosen to lead a life of solitude in Colorado after the death of her husband, and she doesn’t appreciate finding an injured man on her property as she goes out for her daily walk. Nonetheless she takes him home and cares for him. From here things moved way too fast for me. Tessa finds out that he was involved in a bank robbery gone wrong when he tried to stop his brother from robbing the bank. Soon afterwards she falls into bed with the handsome stranger who seems to have a miraculous recovery. It seemed I had read the same story a million times and that it wasn’t quite believable.