Stephanie Carovella came back to Los Angeles to face her past and nearly lost her future to a serial killer. Now she has a chance to start a new life with a new man. But is that what she wants? While she battles Jase Devlin, the man who won’t stop until they are together, she gains the attention of another serial killer. This time it’s the copycat killer; one who will stop at nothing to possess her. Can she survive the madness of another killer? Will she give in to Jase Devlin’s advances? And will she see the real threat before it’s too late?
Or will Stephanie Carovella discover she has Nowhere To Hide?
Holly frantically ran down the muddy track. Feeling her feet slip and slide against the wet surface, she stumbled, crying out when she fell to her knees. Her heart beating wildly, she instinctively put her hands out in front of her, dropping them to the ground to protect her fall.
She bit back a sob, the slow and steady pace of her attacker’s footsteps drawing closer. She had to get up. She had to escape. The thought echoed through her mind, spurring her on. Staggering to her feet again, she involuntarily placed her hand to her head. A wave of nausea hit her as she felt sticky blood on her fingers. Pushing forward, she forced herself into a steady pace, refusing to let the throbbing of her head stop her from moving. Tremors ran through her body. Why her? Why had he attacked her? She’d been walking from the library to the university car park when he had taken her by surprise, hitting her from behind.
The force of the blow had left her reeling and she’d dizzily turned around, just in time to see the tire iron come down again. She’d managed to lift her arm up to ward off the blow, screaming in pain when his weapon connected with her wrist. When he’d raised the tire iron to hit her again, she’d lashed out, shoving him hard with her good arm. He’d stumbled backwards, and she’d used the opportunity to escape. Sprinting past him, she’d headed for the university car park, her heart racing frantically.
She could still hear him behind her. His footsteps sped up from a slow and steady pace into a fast jog. He was getting closer and closer, she panicked. He was going to get her. Why had she taken the shortcut? When she’d left the library, she’d automatically taken the quicker route. It was a shortcut she’d taken countless times before during the day, but never at night – or at least not until tonight. Why had she been so stupid, she chastised herself. Ducking her head slightly to avoid an overgrown branch she narrowed her eyes, focusing ahead of her to the university car park, as it came into view.
Pushing her body to its limits she burst out into the opening, her breathing coming in short pants of exhaustion. She headed towards her car, jerking her handbag off her shoulder. Frantically ripping it open, she searched for her car keys, ignoring the items spilling onto the concrete. Unable to resist, she craned her head back toward the shadowed path, relief flooding through her when she realized no one was behind her. Taking a deep breath of reassurance when she reached her car, she unsteadily unlocked the door to her yellow Volkswagen.
Quickly getting into the car, she locked the door. Fumbling with the car keys, she whimpered when they fell to the floor. With trembling fingers, she searched the car floor for her keys, breathing a sigh of relief when she located them. Sitting back up straight, she glanced out the window, realizing he was standing in front of her car, a gun in his hand.
“Dear God, please no,” she whispered, watching helplessly as he raised the gun and aimed at her, his eyes lighting up in pleasure at the terror on her face just before he fired.
Oh my, what a book full of action, twists and drama. I was constantly reminded of the real life story that I actually lived through in my home town of a serial killer who just disappeared only to begin terrorizing people many years later. I only mention that because for some readers who have had no experience with this sort of messed up madness, I wanted to say, the author did a wonderful job at expressing the fears and stress that goes along with such events. Her writing really did strike a chord of reality for those of us who have lived in a community of reappearing serial killers.
I was constantly amazed at how strong yet closed off Stephanie was during the story. It was clear she had seen some horrible things in her childhood, but when she finally talked about the details, it broke my heart. To read her account of watching her parents be tortured and her mother raped while she was just a little girl, well after that Stephanie could do what she wanted in my eyes, she had earned that right. Instead of hiding and playing the victim, Stephanie took on more serial killers, lovers who really had no clue how to handle her and she dealt with the death of her husband and many friends. She really was labeled as a death magnet, anyone close to her seemed to end up dead.
I loved Jase Devlin. He would get so frustrated with Stephanie, sometimes I thought he was just going to lock her up just to keep her safe. His frustrations between dealing with Stephanie and trying to do his investigation was comical at times, but I did feel for him. She was a tough cookie to tame and I am not sure he really wanted to tame her, he just wanted her to be honest, tell him about the threats she was getting and for her to be SAFE.
I will not spoil the ending but needless to say it was worth the wait. I highly recommend this book if you are into mystery, drama, intensity along with a little bit of steamy love and suspense. I did find one thing frustrating while reading this book, she continued to mention many times about Stephanie shooting a former stalker. While I realize it was important to the story, it became so repetitive it finally lost the intensity for me regarding that event. If you find that you feel the same way while reading this book, please remember to keep reading. The ending is worth the constant mentioning of her shooting him 16 times. I certainly am not saying it is so frustrating you should avoid the book, just be prepared. The first page set the heart racing with anticipation and it didn’t let up through out the rest of the book. She created a story of strong characters who was seeking justice and satisfaction in correcting the wrongs that had been done to them. She explored the side of loss, pain and unanswered questions in life, while setting us up for victory in the end. I am very honored that I was given the chance to read and review this book and I will be looking forward to the rest of this story.
Giveaway- 1 ecopy of Nowhere to Run, 1 ecopy of Nowhere to Hide, 3-$10 Amazon
About the Author
About Nina D’Angelo:
Nina D’Angelo is a freelance writer and photographer. After graduating from Deakin University in 2005, with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and Public Relations, Nina briefly worked in P.R. Not satisfied with her profession, she returned to freelance writing. Since graduation from University, she has written her own TV series, produced a music show for three seasons, worked for several music magazines and her photography was published in Aqua Pulse.
Her first novel, Nowhere to Run was released February 2013. It is the first in the Stephanie Carovella series and currently available through Amazon. It will soon be available through itunes and Barnes and Noble. Nina’s second novel, Nowhere to Hide, is due for release in August 2013. It is the second in the Stephanie Carovella series. Nina has already started working on her third and fourth novels.
Her third novel, not yet titled is due out in December 2013 and the fourth novel, Deadly Secrets – the third in the Stephanie Carovella series is due out December 2013/January 2014.
To find out more about Nina D’Angelo, please see below:
Official Website: http://www.ninadangelo.com
Nowhere to run at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16959937-nowhere-torun
Nowhere to Hide at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17160873-nowhere-to-hide