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Blog Tour Review: Dead Drift By Kelly Romo Book 3 of #20BooksofSummer22 #RRBookTours

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Dead Drift

Title: Dead Drift (Whitewater Thriller #1)

Author: Kelly Romo

Publication Date: May 15, 2022

Genre: Thriller/ Serial Killer

Two teenage girls on the run with fake IDs and a beater car…what could go wrong?

Emmy has always been impulsive. She is no longer a minor and has aged out of foster care. When her best friend, Amber, is the target of a perverted uncle who lives in the basement of her group home, they plan her escape.

They head for Canada, where Amber will be safe, and the foster care system can no longer control their lives. When they come across a whitewater rafting brochure, they decide to take a detour for one last adventure before leaving the country. Emmy and Amber have no idea it will be a decision that will forever change their fates.

The rafting town is so far in the middle of nowhere that Emmy’s car radio catches nothing but static. They consider turning around until a truck pulls up, loaded with hot whitewater rafting guides and rubber rafts–just the fun they were looking for. Ignoring every instinct, they turn off the pavement and follow the truck down an isolated dirt road. They end up in Lodell, the town where a girl went missing the previous summer…and she will not be the last.

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There are five stages of drowning: surprise, involuntary breath-holding, unconsciousness, hypoxic convulsions, and finally, death.

Shawna’s hair spreads out in a halo of jet-black strands lit by the moon and rippling in the current. There is no fear or panic in her. I spared her of that. Her death is beautiful and silent as I hold her in my arms and cradle her beneath the surface. I put my lips to hers and inhale her very last breath before she gasps and draws my water into her lungs. She becomes heavy then seizes like a fish. My blood surges and thunders inside me. I have never felt so alive. Shawna finally relaxes, surrenders, and becomes mine forever. I hold and comfort her through it all. Binding her to me was easier than I thought. I should have done this years ago.

I raise Shawna up. Her nose, lips, and tits break the surface, all slick and shiny in the moonlight. I give her one last kiss, then take her nipple between my lips and flick it with my tongue. I wish I could keep her longer, but she is losing her warmth. I take a clump of her jet-black hair and wind it tight around my finger until the tip of it goes numb. I yank it from her head. It is surprising how easily it comes out and hangs from my hand, as black and shiny as tar. It will be perfect.

Shawna is mine forever, for I am the river, and the river is me. It is the fluid, and I am the flesh.

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My Review

Thank you to R&R Book Tours for allowing me a spot on this tour and to the author for providing me with a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.

This book is about 2 girls who go on the run in search of a better life and end up with more than they bargained for. This alternates between Emmys perspective and the killers perspective. Normally I don’t like reading from the bad guys perspective but it worked for me in this book. The killers perspective is very creepy. Just read the excerpt above to understand what I mean.

There are major trigger warnings for this book. I don’t want to mention them in the review because of spoilers but if you are triggered by anything message me and I will tell you what to look out for.

The author did a great job of keeping me guessing who the killer was. I had my suspects and in the end, I was right even though I didn’t manage to narrow it down completely. I wish the pacing would have been a little more consistent. It starts of a little slow and then when things start to pick up it skips ahead 9 months and slows down again and then picks up toward the end. Also some parts were a little repetitive.

This definitely kept me on the edge of your seat needing to know how things were going to unfold despite the issues I had with it. If you are a thriller lover, you should definitely read this.

My Rating: 4 stars

Giveaway: Click the link below to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Dead Drift and something creepy and unique from the “killer’s” Etsy shop! Good luck!

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About the Author

Kelly Romo grew up in California but has lived in Oregon for over twenty-five years. She teaches writing, literature, and social studies. She is the mother of three grown children: Brittany, Brennan, and Ryan. She is an avid outdoorswoman who loves to kayak, hike, and fish.

Kelly has a Master of Fine Arts in Writing (Fiction) and a Master of Arts in Teaching, both from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon USA.

Author Links

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6 thoughts on “Blog Tour Review: Dead Drift By Kelly Romo Book 3 of #20BooksofSummer22 #RRBookTours

    1. Yeah when you see pretty much the same sentence used over and over again it definitely starts to stand out and eventually gets annoying. Thank you I’m glad too!! It was really good and I don’t typically read a whole lot of thrillers.

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  1. This sounds like it could be quite chilling, especially with the killer’s perspective. Hopefully the repetitive parts won’t be too bad for me, if I get a chance to read this one. Great review, Misty.

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