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All Nate and Sara want is a new life in a new town, away from the crime and poverty of their past. So, after being approached at a roadside diner by a man offering $500 for a ride to Omaha, they wonder if their luck might be changing.At first it seems like easy money, but within a few hours the man is dead.Now, forced off the road by a blizzard and trapped in a run-down moAll Nate and Sara want is a new life in a new town, away from the crime and poverty of their past. So, after being approached at a roadside diner by a man offering $500 for a ride to Omaha, they wonder if their luck might be changing.At first it seems like easy money, but within a few hours the man is dead.Now, forced off the road by a blizzard and trapped in a run-down motel on the side of a deserted highway, Nate and Sara begin to uncover the man's secrets. Who he was, how he died, and most importantly, why he was carrying two million dollars in his suitcase.Before they know it, Nate and Sara are fighting for their lives, and in the end, each has to decide just how far they are willing to go to survive.The Cold Kiss is an everyman psychological thriller that pits a young couple against moral corruption, greed, betrayal, and love. More simply, for two characters who may have used up all their chances, it's the classic final trip down the dark tunnel that might lead to heaven, but drags them through hell. This is A Simple Plan meets The Getaway, with a pulse-pounding plot and a twist ending. John Rector is name that all thriller fans will come to know and love for years to come.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied....

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The Cold Kiss Reviews

  • Paul Bryant
    2019-02-16 14:43

    GENRE FICTION VS. LITERARY FICTIONReaders of genre fiction have got one big advantage over readers of literary fiction. They know that in every one of their novels something happens. Whereas in literary fiction trying to find an actual event is like looking for Amelia Earhart. I refer to Thomas Bernhardt, Italo Calvino, Haruki Murakami – the usual suspects. There are plenty of others.In Cold Kiss a broke young couple give a lift to a guy with a real bad chest infection – or has he?- only to have him die in the back seat – or is he? – and then discover a whole lot of money in his suitcase – or is it?THE USUAL RIGMAROLESo this is a familiar plot which we have seen many times before in such excellent movies as Charlie Varrick and Shallow Grave. Someone unwittingly stumbles upon a shedload of hot money and then has to figure out how to keep it and stay alive when the bad guys come after it. HEALTH AND SAFETY DISREGARDEDPeople in thrillers have not yet quit smoking. This one was published in 2010 and everyone is puffing away in blithe disregard of all the available information about the proven link between smoking and various life-threatening health conditions. Maybe they think that they’re already in such a dangerous genre that what the hell.USEFUL ADVICE FOR LIFEDo not go into business with a meth-head who has found God, or, more accurately, who says that God has found him.USEFUL ADVICE FOR READING AND FOR LIFEWhen you encounter a description of a dream in a novel, you can skip it. Just like when someone actually tells you about a dream of theirs. You don’t need to listen. You can just tune out and after they have stopped say “Oh wow, last night I had a dream where I was walking down a street and trying to dodge watermelons which people were hurling at me from their bedroom windows.” Or some such rubbish. UNTHRILLING THRILLERSIf you’re expecting to be surprised by the unexpected plot twists of the modern thriller then the surprises will not be surprising as you’re expecting them. Suspension of disbelief is one thing, but suspension of the expectation of thriller-type surprises when you’re reading a thriller is really impossible. This is a conundrum for the reader.

  • Richard
    2019-02-02 10:43

    Yep. This guy John Rector is the real deal. I very recently enjoyed his novella, Lost Things: A Novella, and now I LOVED his second novel, The Cold Kiss. He writes the kind of thrillers that I enjoy the most: dark suspense stories featuring ordinary people caught in extraordinary situations, making decisions that cause a tragic snowball effect as they struggle to get out of what they realize is actually a lose-lose situation. Wait a could say that is the definition of noir, my favorite genre! And I would agree; this book is probably the best modern take on the genre I've read since A Simple Plan, and that's saying a lot!Newly engaged couple Nate and Sara are driving from Minnesota to Reno to get married and start a new life with their unborn child. But on the way, they pick up a hitchhiker and are forced to stop at an isolated motel to wait out a terrible snowstorm. But once they get there, they discover their hitchhiker is dead of a festering gunshot wound with a sack full of cash money in his bags. And it's a lot of money. Definitely enough for a new family to start a good life with...Rector ratchets up the tension as Nate and Sara try every way to make it through the next 48 hours and get away with the money scot-free. And he builds such a great atmosphere at the motel, with the constant snowfall, and lack of electricity or phone service. And as I mentioned in my review of the last book I read by him, Rector's prose is pitch-perfect. This guy really knows how to craft a plot that moves without feeling like anything's lost. Some people might be able to see some of the twists coming but I didn't care. I was taken for a ride. So f*** it. I'm throwing 5 stars at the book. And I'm locked in as a fan now. Hard Case Crime founder Charles Ardai says this about noir:There is a feeling of dread and doom that suffuses the action; the story typically features a protagonist who's in trouble, who often doesn't deserve the trouble he's in (even if he's a bad guy, he often doesn't deserve the *particular* trouble he's in), and whose trouble just gets worse as the narrative grinds inexorably toward an unhappy -- often tragic -- ending. And that's a great way to describe this book. "Kiss me, for good luck" I frowned. "That doesn't work.""Of course it does," she said. "It always works. Now kiss me."I stared at her for a moment longer, then bent and pressed my lips against hers.It was a good kiss.But it didn't work.

  • James Thane
    2019-01-30 12:08

    Nate and his pregnant girlfriend Sara are driving from Minnesota to Reno, seeking a new life for themselves and their baby. On a snowy night in Nebraska, they see a man in a cafe who is obviously very sick. Sara takes pity on the man and when the stranger offers them $500 for a ride into Omaha, the kids accept.The three drive off into a major winter storm and are forced to seek refuge in a run-down motel out in the middle of nowhere. On getting out of the car, Nate and Sara discover to their horror that their passenger has died. They are further stunned to discover that the passenger, Syl, has over $2 million in cash in his suitcase. Of course the kids should call the cops, report the tragic death of their passenger and hand over the money. But then, of course, the book would end at the conclusion of chapter two. Tempted by the sight of all that money, Nate and Sara begin to imagine the life they might have if they were to simply dump Syl's body, wait for the plows to clear the roads and take off with the cash. Unfortunately for them, apparently neither Nate nor Sara has read Scott Smith's, A Simple Plan. Nor has either one of them ever seen the movie that was made from Smith's book, and thus they have no idea that keeping the money is a really, really, really bad idea.Needless to say, complications ensue. As one might expect, the other stranded guests consist of the usual group of fine folks that one expects to encounter when stranded in a third-rate motel, miles from civilization trapped by the blizzard of the century.The plot is hardly new, but Rector makes it seem fresh. This is a taut, lean book that grabs you early on and refuses to let go. Practically from page one, you're screaming at Nate and Sara, begging them not to make one bad decision after another. But even though they consistently reject your sound advice, you can't abandon them, and you can't rest until you see where the consequences of their actions finally take them

  • Kemper
    2019-02-21 13:10

    Noir in Nebraska?? Yes, and it’s pretty damn good noir, too.Nate and Sara have loaded up their car and are headed to Reno from Minnesota to start a life together. At a diner in rural Nebraska, they meet a man named Syl with a wicked cough who pays them $500 for a ride to Omaha. A severe blizzard forces them to take shelter in a rundown hotel well off the interstate, but as they check in they discover that Syl has died in the car of a gunshot wound and had $2 million in a suitcase.Good girl Sara initially thinks they should wait out the storm until they can contact the police and turn over the money. Nate sees this as a chance to finally escape his own troubled past and provide a good life for Sara so he pushes for a riskier option. Hide Syl’s body in the snow in a nearby field, wait until the roads clear and then take off with the money. Of course, anyone who has ever taken a bag of money off a dead stranger could tell them that it’s never that easy.John Rector’s novel is an exceptionally solid piece of crime writing. He does a nice job of building the suspense by throwing complications at Nate and Sara as they try to wait out the storm. This is the type of story that reminds me of James Cain or Jim Thompson. Some of the twists are fairly obvious and easy to predict, but others are very surprising. I also loved how he managed to provide a different ending than we usually get in these types of stories.

  • Steve Lowe
    2019-02-06 13:09

    I don’t read tons of crime fiction, so I won’t compare THE COLD KISS to a slew of other books out there, but I’m guessing the storyline is fairly familiar to regular fans of the genre. A person – or a couple in this case – without much money or future prospects suddenly find themselves in possession of a suitcase full of cash. As is usually the case, it’s blood money and someone is looking for it. In this type of story, there’s the setup, the moment of truth (when they decide to keep the money), the typically bad result of that decision, and the aftermath. All of the elements are here, but Rector throws in a few wrinkles along the way to surprise the reader into flipping to the next page to see what happens.THE COLD KISS, like NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, or A SIMPLE PLAN, follows the aforementioned formula well, but is set in a remote motel in the middle of the blizzard. It’s cold and desolate and a perfect setting for what the characters, with no means of escape, experience as their plans fall apart around them. With no place to go, each scene has a tense, claustrophobic feel.What makes this book stand out are the unexpected twists, crisp dialogue, and most importantly, believeable characters you can root for. The narrative is fast-paced, the style is bare bones, which is true to the main character through whom the entire story is told in the first person, and the ending is just right. This books sucks you in and demands your attention, as any good thriller should. While not his first novel, Rector nails his first major release and I look forward to reading more from him as his career takes off from here.

  • Carol
    2019-02-18 14:53

    When a novel begins with a corpse faced guy coughing up blood at a roadside diner in need of a lift.....with a massive snowstorm know there's trouble on the way.....This mystery-crime-thriller is one crazy fast-moving noir-ride with a multitude of psycho characters and a befitting ending. Entertaining read!

  • Melissa
    2019-02-04 12:59

    If I have learned anything from watching movies, it's that if you Find Money in circumstances that involve dead people, you must absolutely not talk yourself into keeping it to build a better life. Turn it over to the cops, leave it in the downed plane with that dead guy, bury it in the woods, but for god's sake don't take it with you because someone is always going to follow you & try to kill you messily in order to get it back. Happily, though, none of the characters in books like these know the things that I know, so they make their justifications for their foolish choices & I get to read snappy little noir-ish business like this. It's pretty easy to see exactly where all of this is going from the first page, but this is still well-written & tight enough to entertain, especially if you read it with your feet up on a hot day so you can marvel at how it could ever be that cold.

  • Eric_W
    2019-01-22 14:00

    Audiobook. A good thriller must have several things going for it to keep me entertained: I must care about one or more of the characters; I have to want to find out what happens in the end; and it has to be reasonably well written. If the characters are relatively normal people, i.e., don’t have the superhuman powers so common in some thrillers today, that's a plus. My crap-detector swings into overdrive when our hero manages to take on twelve bad guys with one six-shooter and gets all of them. Sometimes two criteria out of three works; sometimes not. Cold Kiss meets all three.This book reminded me so much of A Simple Plan ( by Scott Smith. Nate and his fiancé find themselves driving into a blizzard on their way to Reno to get married. At a rest stop they meet a man, obviously ill, who offers them $500 to drive him there also as his car needs some work. They agree but as the snow worsens they are forced to stop at a motel in the middle of nowhere with heat but no power. They discover the man has been shot, and, he has a suitcase full of money. One thing leads to another and soon the man is dead, the motel’s handyman is suspicious, the snow is worsening, and everyone is getting greedy.Paul Michael Garcia reads with a laconic, slow tempo that drives the tension effectively.

  • Jim Thomsen
    2019-02-16 16:52

    "The Cold Kiss" is a lean, tightly wound, claustrophobic, competent thriller. It's only got one drawback, but it's a big one: It's so derivative of "A Simple Plan" that Scott Smith could probably sue author John Rector if so inclined and probably win a whopping settlement (say, a bag filled with $2 million in cash). Also, with a cast of seven people stranded together, Rector might also have to pay off the creators of "Gilligan's Island" as well. That said, if you're not fatally distracted by playing spot-the-influence, there's a lot to like in "The Cold Kiss." The two main characters — young lovers on the run in the Midwest — are intriguingly complex, good but flawed people. There's also an elderly couple (including a wife who "likes to play Miss Marple," according to her husband), a mysterious young woman who may or may not be from Russia, a likable but inscrutable innkeeper and the innkeeper's odd nephew. All are stuck in a rundown back-highway motel in a winter blizzard in an unknown locale (eastern Colorado, maybe, or western Nebraska). The couple give a ride to a seriously ill stranger who apparently dies in the backseat. In sorting through his belongings, Nate and Sara (the main characters) find $20,000 in one bag, and $2 million in another. They're hardly shrewd criminals, however, and their attempts to hide the body and secure the loot and otherwise furtively skulk around do not go unnoticed. Eventually, a noose of suspicion (and greed) tighten around the couple until the truth explodes in a moment of shocking surprise violence. The good-people-doing-bad-things storyline touches base with "A Simple Plan" at several points along the story arc, but I will say that the end of the earlier book doesn't not necessarily foretell how "A Cold Kiss" will end. In all, I found "The Cold Kiss" to be a fun but somewhat forgettable single night's read. I did admire its craft, however, as the author steered clear of anything that wasn't pure story and kept a zoom-lens focus on each moment in step with another clear influence, Elmore Leonard (and, perhaps, Donald Westlake). A lesser author would have slowed down the action to offer doom-laden philosophical ruminations, or played distractingly with prose style. Instead, Rector just drives straight through the story ... not unlike a car plowing at night through a snowstorm on a deserted back highway in the middle of nowhere. With lean, spare brushstrokes, Rector sucks the reader into his character's desolate nightmare before they've had a chance to think about it. It's a gift not every author possesses.

  • AudioBookFans
    2019-02-12 14:59

    My review: I absolutely loved this audiobook. From the beginning, author John Rector plots a suspenseful story about Nate and Sara who have fled Minnesota for a new life. Pregnant Sara is young and innocent while Nate has lived a rougher life, but together they vow to make it to Reno to wed and welcome their child.The plot thickens when the couple agrees to take a man, Syl, along for the ride. Syl, a rough man, has an awful cough and after questioning the couple, drifts to sleep. Sara worries about his health and tries to convince Nate he needs a doctor. Nate is more worried about getting rid of the man as soon as possible and ignores Sara’s plees.After a brutal snow storm strands the threesome at a small motel, Sara discovers Syl is dead. That’s where things get interesting.This story takes so many twists and turns and Rector’s debut rocked my socks. I finished this audiobook in record time! I couldn’t wait to turn it back on and follow the story more. The Cold Kiss is packed full of suspense and I would definitely recommend it to our readers.Rector’s characters are painted so vividly through his descriptions and set up the perfect scene. I can’t wait to see what he dishes out next.Narrator review: Paul Michael Garcia is wonderful. His voice and tones for various characters made the audiobook even more wonderful. Garcia speaks clearly and proves himself by swinging back and forth between characters easily. Such a great choice in a narrator for this book.This review was originally published on our website at

  • Steven
    2019-02-13 14:59

    Kick-ass noir thriller! You know those horror movies where you want to scream "Don't give him a ride!" "Don't leave her alone!" "Don't leave the gun on the nightstand!" ? That's what you'll be doing as you read The Cold Kiss. Nate and Sara start making mistakes right at the beginning of the book when they accept $500 to give a guy who is coughing up blood a ride. They head off into a snow storm that soon becomes impassable, end up stuck at a motel where the power is out, and the guy they've given a ride to is slumped over in the backseat of their car and no longer breathing. They check his backpack and find a gun with a silencer and stacks of cash and what follows from there is unrelenting plot twists and tension as Rector throws one obstacle after another in the way of Nate and Sara as they try to get away with the money to make a fresh start on life. Great propulsive read that I didn't want to put down.

  • Dierdra McGill
    2019-02-11 18:00

    Ok I want to scream right now!! That ending really!? A part of me loves it and a part of me wants to just throw the book! Ok sorry.. I have a review to write.The first and only book I ever read by John Rector was The Grove. One of the first books I ever got on my kindle and I really loved it. Not sure why I never picked up more of his books because wow is his work really amazing!The Cold Kiss was a page turner from the very first page and I have been picking it up every chance I got even if I only had a min or two before having to go back to something else I was doing today because I just had to know what was going to happen next!If you love a good Thriller pick this up ASAP!

  • Debra
    2019-01-21 12:01

    Great roller-coaster-ride of a debut novel. Very suspenseful and relentless. Loved the ending.

  • Brett Starr
    2019-01-23 11:40

    Money is the root of all evil..."The Cold Kiss" is one of those very rare finds, a great novel that jumps off the shelf at you when your at the store to buy something else, the kind of novel that "finds" you. For me it's always nice to find out how great a new author is on my own, starting with their debut! Many reviewers and authors will often say that great characters make or break a novel, bad characters with a strong story usually ends in a mild read, whereas great characters can often keep a mediocre story alive. Luckily this novel has great characters, a great story and a fast paced plot that will keep you turning page after page all night long. Ask yourself this question "would you give a very ill, but friendly stranger a ride, if he was going your way?" Yes, no? Ask yourself another question, "would you give the same very ill, but friendly stranger a ride if he offered you $500?" Yes, no, maybe? This is the dilemma that the main characters Nate & Sara face at the beginning of this story. Most people would probably say no to giving a stranger a ride, but everyone's life situation is different. Life is all about choices and every choice has its consequences. As it's often said, one bad decision leads to another. The amazing characters, nail biting plot and dark tone are just three reasons why I loved this book. Throw in a meth lab, a few betrayals, double crosses, a hitwoman and a great ending on top of that. If I had to compare this book to others, it would have to be "A Simple Plan" by Scott Smith, "No Country for Old Men" by Cormac McCarthy and "Caught Stealing" by Charlie Huston. I highly enjoyed this great debut novel and can fully recommend it to noir fans. Enjoy!

  • Razz
    2019-02-12 14:06

    I was a tad disappointed with this book. I loved how it began with descriptions of how the man at the counter coughed. Some pretty decent visuals. Ugh. The build up was pretty decent but it began to implode when "everyone" jumped into the scheme. His descriptions of the cold landscape and of some rather brutal killings were......unique and quite visual. The ending was a bit of a cop out, though. Why go to all the trouble of describing the characters (except for the girl-didn't get why she was so crazy in love w/ the narrator.) only to have it end the way it did.

  • Stephen
    2019-01-21 13:43

    Really enjoyed this one and found it very hard to put down so it only took a couple of days to read. Tremendous at creating a scary atmosphere of dread and impending doom for the lead characters. Almost 5 stars but while I enjoyed the ending, I would have preferred the story to finish at the creepy motel where it was set and found the Part III tagged on the end slightly unsatisfactory. Will definitely search out other books by this author though and the proposed movie of the book should definitely be worth seeing.

  • Jmrathbone
    2019-02-10 14:55

    THE COLD KISS was told in the first person and almost entirely in dialogue. The character development was weak and I found I didn't care what happened to anyone in the novel. The twist was obvious early on. I was disappointed, in as much as the novel was described on the book jacket by other authors as being like NO COUNTRY FOD OLD MEN, or A SIMPLE PLAN. THE COLD KISS doesn't begin to compare to these two novels

  • Ctgt
    2019-02-20 13:06

    This was my first Rector read and I loved it! It was as if i sitting in the theater yelling at the screen, "Don't open that door!". The couple keeps making decisions that you know are going to lead the down the wrong path. The interesting part was they kept taking turns making these decisions, instead of one character making all the wrong choices. Loved it!

  • Strawberry Fields
    2019-02-05 12:54

    Creepy guy, lots of money and mystery, two lovebirds running away for love in a snowstorm, trapped at a hotel with strangers. Recipe for some interesting reading. Short easy read and very enjoyable. The ending? Well...can't spoil it for you, you'll have to read it for yourself! (worth it)

  • Anna
    2019-01-27 16:00

    Two words: Riveting and disturbing (or disturbingly riveting).

  • Maria
    2019-01-26 11:06

    Kept me turning pages.

  • Miles
    2019-02-12 18:00

    Damn you Rector, damn you! I should have known I was in for a treat when I began reading John Rector’s “The Cold Kiss”. The jacket cover is enticing and mesmerising – much like the book itself – I couldn’t put it down!“The Cold Kiss” is the début book from Rector and if there was a better way to introduce oneself to the publishing world I honestly can’t think of one, it had me gripped from the very moment we are introduced to Nate and Sara and the mysterious stranger.We have a young couple on the road to pastures new, Reno as it happens. They’ve run away from home in the hope that life in the new city will be everything they desire, a new beginning. Life is never that straightforward, perhaps to some, but for most of us obstacles are thrown in our way – it’s how we deal with said obstacles that make us who we are, our make up if you will.Nate and Sara stop off at a diner, a cold front is on its way and with it severe snowfall. They order food and notice a dark stranger (Syl) at the bar coughing and in need of medical attention. When the stranger stumbles to the restrooms Sara strongly suggests that Nate follows him to check he is ok – Mistake number one!Complete review on my blogif interested!!

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-31 18:47

    On the jacket of this book where authors give their two cents, one of them mentions a comparison to A Simple Plan... and they're on the money with that comment. It's a Nebraska noir and magically delicious.Nate and Sara are on their way to Reno, running to Reno actually. They're down on their luck financially but are all about having each other. It all starts in a diner on the road with a guy with a bad cough. Next thing you know, they're giving him a ride and this is the start of a series of bad choices. As the story moves on and you learn more about their backgrounds it becomes quite clear that they're making so many bad choices because they've probably never seen any good ones. A blizzard arrives, a run-down motel of strangers is next on the list and this novel is now in full swing.I thought I would have an ulcer by the time I finished this book. There are plenty of stressful moments and the surprises keep coming.The dread is imminent from page one and if you're into that kind of thing, this book is excellent.

  • Gina
    2019-01-24 11:52

    This book had good "edge of your seat" intensity. It was a fast, easy read, and I spent the entire time wondering what would happen next, and how it would all turn out. Talk about a disastrous, domino effect, chain reaction of events, this book has it! Fast-paced and action packed, it definitely kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed the writing style, it was tight and to the point, and the author creates a nice atmosphere of suspense. There are some graphic, gory parts, but not too overdone. My initial reaction to the ending was disappointment, which accounts for that missing fifth star. BUT, it's not a bad ending at all, in fact, the more I think about it the more "okay" I find it. I think it's the nail-biting build up throughout the book that somehow has you expecting a more jaw-dropping, or at least, satisfying finale. Overall, I really enjoyed it, and I'd chalk it up as a good read- a nerve-wracking, dark and foreboding ride, but don't expect to be blown away at the end.

  • Michael
    2019-02-10 15:04

    Nate and Sara try to be good citizens when they try to help out a stranger,Sly with a severe cough. Prior to meeting him,they were struggling to make a life together. Nate has a troubled past with the law,a reality that continues to haunt him. Sara his pregnant girlfriend tries to convince him to live in the Present.Sly is stranded in a snow storm,Nate helps him out,but is apprehensive. Sara quickly gross attached to him,curious to know more about him. As Sly's cough worsens,Nate has bigger fish to fry when Sly is unresponsive without a pulse. Now what happens next is unheard of,when they stumble across a load of crash.Suspensful,thrilling and chilling is this remarkable novel! This book was somewhat horrific with terrifying undertones. I wished it didn't have as many loopholes towards the conclusion,otherwise it would have gotten a perfect five.As mentioned,I don't round thrillers,you either have it or you don't.Nevertheless,it exceeded my expectations!

  • Robert
    2019-01-28 16:43

    Happy new year to me, I get to start the new year with a five star book. Imagine standing in front of a fan when someone throws a load of crap into the fan. Now you are still standing there when another person throws another load of crap into that fan, and another and another. That is kind of the situation in this book. Or have you ever been travelling along a deserted two lane highway with your girlfriend, or fiance, picked up a weird stranger at a diner, got stuck in a Bate's type of hotel in a snowstorm and then found out the stranger in the backseat is dead? You have to ask yourself, how could this get worse? Oh trust me, if John Rector is the author of your story, you have only just begun. Hey wasn't that an old song from the 70's? Well anyhow I have to say that I found this book truly entertaining and mayhaps you shall as well. Willing to go along for the ride?

  • Erik
    2019-02-13 19:04

    Reminiscent of Scott Phillips or Scott Smith, John Rector's THE COLD KISS is everything a well-told work of noir should be. Engaging and thrilling while keeping the reader glued to the page, guessing what might happen next. THE COLD KISS excels at all this with a crisp, refreshing minimalist style and a complete lack of heavy-handedness from the author.Put simply, this dark tale of escape, fortune (and misfortune), and fate is pure storytelling at its finest. Without reservation, THE COLD KISS is easily one of the best novels in its genre (and one of the best books in general) I have had the opportunity to read in the last several years.

  • Raven
    2019-02-01 18:03

    I found the setting wonderfully claustrophobic and I loved the way little twists were eked into the plot throughout the book. I thought the characterisation was great as Rector has assembled a good mix of the psychopathic, the natural victims and I liked the way that no-one was essentially good being prey to very essentially human foibles e.g greed. The dialogue was crisp and sharp and reminded me in style of Denis Johnson's 'Nobody Move' and Castle Freeman's 'Go With Me' but retaining the filmic qualities of 'A Simple Plan' meets 'Identity'- a great little debut.

  • Felts
    2019-01-30 14:49

    This is one of those types of books that I love. The crap hits the fan early and often and the reader gets taken on a roller coaster ride all the way through. Written in a similar vein of works like Koontz' "Intensity", Smith's "Simple plan" and Crouch's "Desert Places". It's great when character's get put into situations that are unbelievable and totally screwed up and then they manage to totally make it worse. This is a really fun, quick, highly enjoyable read.

  • Kurt Reichenbaugh
    2019-02-19 13:51

    Fast, tight novel about what happens to a young couple who go against their gut feelings about a stranger on the road, make bad choices and bring a fresh Hell down on themselves for it. I would have given it four stars except that it almost reads like a screenplay as much as it does a novel. That doesn't make it less an enjoyable and gripping ride but I think there was an opportunity missed at times to dig deeper into the characters and settings. Still, I'd easily recommend it to fans of Noir.