by Lorena Bathey
I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting into when I read The X. I knew it was a suspense story…. But honestly? that’s about it. I stepped out of my comfort zone and took a chance. The X is a book I likely wouldn’t have picked up on my own, but I’m glad it came into my hands. I would have missed out on a thriller that hooked me from the heroine’s first shocking life change until the action packed ending.
The X is definitely a thriller. I was engrossed in Clarissa’s adventures. It reminded me of how wrapped up I used to get reading Grisham’s thrillers years ago… I haven’t read pure suspense in a while and though this story has hints of romantic emotion (I would have liked more! lol) That is not the focus. This is all Clarrissa.
Clarissa is in her mid 40s and loves her teenage boys. She feels distant from her husband and has felt that separation for a while… But he’s her husband and the father of her kids. He blindsides her by serving her with divorce papers. *meep!* I felt her shock and confusion and horror. What was she supposed to do and why was he doing this and who was this man and what had he done with her husband?!
I was proud of her for rolling with the punches and not letting the shock keep her down… too long. She asks for help. She starts dealing with the divorce situation and trying to adjust to the shocks in her life. Then her world takes another unexpected twist and she finds out that the man who was her husband for two decades was not who she thought.
Then The X really takes off and I just held on for the ride. There’s intrigue, danger, death, FBI, cults, kidnapping and through it all a fierce mother’s love driving Clarissa to learn all she can to protect her boys.
The scary thing to me was that it felt real. The time involved in Clarissa learning new skills and working with people to do what needed to be done… <g> Sorry to by cryptic but I don’t wanna spoil stuff! Anyway, the time line was very realistic and that kept me in knots because I was relating to Clarissa and imagining the situation happening and feeling her emotions. It was wild… But somehow seemed plausible. The author kept me in suspense and Clarissa was so well drawn I felt her emotions and was anxious for her to beat the situation and win.
Here are a few favorite lines.
♦ “You better prepare for battle. This man… is aggressive and cutthroat. That means that since he’s been planning this whole thing and you’ve known nothing about it, you’re gonna feel the full brunt of his sneaky ways and you’re easy prey. Think little white bunny caught in a huge metal trap.”
♦ “Bryce, Teach me everything and teach me quick.”
♦ “If you think I’m going to let you take my children away from me then you don’t have a clue who I am…”
♦ “I may be tough but I’m human. Ice cream is the absolute perfect food on earth.”
I recommend The X if you are in the mood for an adventure. It’s a book about one person discovering secrets and having to find the courage, guts and smarts to reclaim their life. I was on the edge of my seat while reading it and I didn’t put it down till I was finished. I like Clarissa and was rooting for her to succeed.
The Queen of Tarts
♦ ebook provided for review for my honest opinion.
Clarissa Hadonfield had it all. She lived in a lovely home surrounded by affluent intellectuals, had a successful husband, and two phenomenal teenage boys.
The day her doorbell rang, her life was substituted by one where she had to fight to get her kids back from an evil she never knew existed and had been sleeping next to for the last twenty years.
When Clarissa’s X shows his true colors she finds she must become a strong woman who can not only grow prize-winning flowers, but can place a devastating roundhouse kick. When she meets Bryce Brightman, an ex-FBI agent she releases a woman whose only goal is to save her kids.
This story is about survival and what a woman can do when she put her brains, her brawn, and her boots into changing the course of her life and protecting those she loves.