Author: Blake Crouch
Andrew Z. Thomas writes suspense novels. His newest book is about to be published and he has a long list of signings and public appearances scheduled. But then he receives a note that will change his life forever. The note tells him that a dead body is buried somewhere on his property, and the body is covered in his blood. The police will be anonymously tipped off as to the whereabouts of the body if Andrew doesn't do exactly as he is told. Soon he finds himself at a secluded cabin in the desert....at the mercy of a serial murderer. But, the killer isn't a stranger. He knows this person quite well....or at least he thought he did.
This book completely freaked me out. Once I started reading I couldn't put the book down....I was horrified and intrigued at the same time. I kept wondering what I would do in the same situation. Not going to give away any spoilers, but Blake Crouch did a great job writing a demented, scary-as-hell thriller! The plot line is brutal, but doesn't descend into unnecessary gore-fests or spurting blood as some similar stories do. The violence is there, but the psychological aspect of the story is front-line rather than the act of murder itself.
Desert Places is the first book in the Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite series. I'm definitely going to read the other two books (Locked Doors and Break You). This first book was definitely creepy-cool enough to keep me reading!
Crouch is also the author of the Wayward Pines series and Dark Matter. To find out more about the author and his books, check out his website: http://www.blakecrouch.com/