A Life Interrupted, by Kristi Loucks
I had the recent opportunity to read this book by independent author, Kristi Loucks. The story revolves around Jared who is kidnapped and held hostage by a Russian terrorist. Jared was taken without warning, leaving behind his pregnant girlfriend and a handful of friends who worked with Jared on a special task force. Life continues without Jared, though no one ever gives up hope, until one day he returns…that is when his fight truly begins.
A Life Interrupted had me crying in the first few chapters. It was endearing to see just how much friends and family could endure, but also to follow the emotions of a hero who returns to discover the woman he left behind had been carrying his child when he disappeared. I was in full heaves at one point, not ever wanting to know what it would be like to be separated from those I love.
This book has a very strong emotional pull, but it also has some serious psychological warfare going on. Not only was Jared physically tortured to the brink of death, but he was also taunted by news of those left behind. When all is revealed about his torture and the history that led up to the kidnapping I was inline among jared’s friends to want the bad guy six feet under. This book is a story of the unhuman strength one sometimes musters in order to make it back home, and of the love that doesn’t die when a lover and friend goes missing.
My only complaint, or peeve, about this story is that it was occasionally repetitive. Some scenes explained before were re-explained in detail later, and explained among all the friends after. This didn’t take away from the story, but it did give that sensation of dejavu. Also, there were many parts of Jared’s torture where my inquisitive mind would have liked to have more detail and be given more length into the story. I think the author missed on opportunity to engage the reader a bit deeper into this dark, brutal period. I would like to have known more about what he felt and sensed, but again not knowing deeper details did not take away from the story itself and this is only one person’s personal opinion.
All-in-all I gave this book a 4 star review on Amazon where it is available for purchase on Kindle. I think if Kristi continues to write more books like this she will have a great fan following and will undoubtedly grow in her writing abilities. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good tear jerker with a bit of action thrown in.
*****Review written by Tania L Ramos, author of When I Thought I Was Tough and most currently the award winning book, Be Still. All views expressed here are the sole opinions of Tania L Ramos and do not reflect on the opinions of any other person.*****