BLOWN RED by Susan Philpott
I received a paperback ARC of BLOWN RED through the Goodreads Giveaway program.
The release date for this book is January 6, 2015.
Signey Shepherd is a strong, but emotionally scarred woman. Her tough exterior and attitude hide her deep feelings of self-doubt. Most of the time she is even able to hide those feelings from herself.
Growing up in foster care has left Signey with a desire to help others. She is living in the small Ontario town of Linden Valley and working at it’s Women’s Center.
Elena Morozov and her parents emigrated to Canada from the Soviet Union when she was a small child. In her teen years, her parents were killed in a car accident, but despite her humble background, Elena is on the path to creating a good life for herself. She is only a few weeks away from beginning medical school in British Columbia when her whole world changes.
She had somehow caught the eye of an older, rich Russian man who won’t take no for an answer. He sends his bodyguard to abduct her, but fortunately for her, her landlord kills the would-be kidnapper before he completes his mission.
Elena is scared and is now on the run. She ends up on “The Line.” The Line is an underground railroad used mostly for victims of domestic abuse that runs the entire length of Canada.
Signy is new to being a conductor on The Line. In fact, Elena’s escape is her first solo mission.
What the two young women don’t know is that there are powerful forces at work, and these people will stop at nothing to get what they want.
What follows is an intricate tale that crosses international borders and spans back to both Elena’s and Signy’s childhoods.
The intricate story takes many twists and turns and will keep readers mesmerized. This book is packed full of action and surprises. Just when the reader thinks they have it all figured out, they realize they have only just scratched the surface.
This book is 464 pages of thrills and chills. The author is able to capture the horror of being a victim of domestic violence and how it can gradually wear down even the most resilient of women. She also seems to have a keen insight into the minds of people who have lived within the foster system.
Signy may be flawed, but she is a heroine that readers will find themselves rooting for as well as admiring for not only her strength and toughness, but also for her resilience and determination to help others.
For more information about this author, visit http://books.simonandschuster.ca/Blown-Red/Susan-Philpott/9781476765297
I highly recommend this book. I give it a 5 star rating only because 6 stars is not an option.