Daily Review: Racked by Sue Coletta
August 14, 2019
Full of intense moments, intriguing characters, gripping scenes, emotional turmoil, and a strong storyline.
It starts with an innocent stuffed animal. It ends in mind-numbing terror.
Five missing boys and an adult corpse found in the town’s watershed was only the beginning for Sage and Niko Quintano. After a hooded-stranger gives their son, Noah, a stuffed animal—the exact Christmas moose given to all the missing boys days before their abductions—their lives spiral downward into uncertainty.
Could Noah be the next boy to go missing?
As they piece together each cryptic clue, the future looks more and more grim. But what they soon discover blows everyone’s mind, the truth teetering on the unfathomable.
What does it all mean, and where do they go from here?
Sage Quintano is at it again, amateur-sleuthing … just where her husband, Sheriff Niko Quintano, doesn’t want her to be. And I was sucked into the mystery just as hard and fast as she was.
This is the fourth mystery I solved with Sage, and I felt like a second hadn’t passed. The saga picks up a few weeks after the last one ended. And it’s not long until Sage is swimming in clues, searching for suspects, begging for a break, and holding her breath. And I did it all right along with her.
This story is a little different. Moms will feel Sage’s terror deep in their hearts. I can usually remain clinically-detached (at least, on some level, since all Coletta’s work reels me in) from the crimes I read about, but this one had my blood running cold.
The author did an excellent job crafting believable characters. The heroine (especially) is complete and complex, with physical flaws, emotional irrationalities, mental acuity, and heroic, soul-deep determination that is simply staggering.
There were parts that had me laughing, more parts that had me crying, but every word of it had me turning the pages as fast as I could. This is a quick read—both clever and heart-wrenching. And I’m now eagerly awaiting book five.
By Denise H
This is such a great series! Every time I pick up one of Coletta’s books, the rest of the world disappears as I delve into the pages of the new thriller. It is impossible not to be swept up in the mystery and track the clues right alongside Niko and Sage.
This read is another emotional powerhouse for both Sage and Niko as they fight one of a parent’s greatest fears…a missing child. While Niko, Frankie, and team are deeply involved in a new murder in the county, Sage is pulled into the mystery of children going missing in the area.
When Noah, their son, is given the same toy the other missing children received before their disappearances strong emotions and irrational behaviors take over and she dives in headfirst to find the abductor and bring them to justice.
Will Sage and Niko be able to piece all the clues together before time runs out and another child disappears?
And what if that child is Noah?
Alongside Sage and Niko, we also get more of the fabulous Frankie (Niko’s second in command) and her sassy behavior and snarky remarks. She has absolutely no filter and says the first thing that pops in her mind and most of her comments are hilarious (and ill-timed but that is what makes them funnier).
She also has her own side drama continuing in this story and I am extremely curious as to what will happen when Niko discovers her secret. I really want to know! I am on pins and needles every time a re-telling scene comes up and connects to the present happenings that could possibly expose her.
The suspense on this is a killer.
RACKED is full of intense moments, intriguing characters, gripping scenes, emotional turmoil, and a strong storyline that will keep you glued to the pages. I laughed, held my breath, and might have even shed a tear while reading this breathtaking thriller. This book is a wonderful addition to the series and I cannot wait to see what is in store next for Sage and Niko.
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