Published 13 September 2012 by Sphere
HE WILL THREATEN HER
he honeymoon is over for newlywed criminologist Marina Esposito. Her house is in flames. Her cop husband is in a coma. Her baby daughter is missing. And then her phone rings . . .
HE WILL CONTROL HER
The voice on the other end wants to play a game. If Marina completes a series of bizarre tasks within three days, she wins her daughter’s life. If she fails, her little girl dies. The clock starts now.
HE WILL PUSH HER TO THE EDGE
In a desperate race against time, Marina begins to suspect that the madman is someone she knows – someone with a past as troubled as her own. But the truth is far darker than she imagines . . .
Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter and Tess Gerritsen, the twisting, terrifying new thriller from the bestselling author of Cage of Bones will leave you breathless with suspense.
Tania Carver’s Choked is number four in the series. It brings to the forefront Marina Esposito, criminologist and mum. Her now husband, Phil Brennan manages to be unconscious for most of the book.
Brennan and Esposito are married and holidaying with family. An explosion leads to one death and their young daughter, Josie, going missing. Esposito is soon being blackmailed, by a voice at the end of her phone. She becomes more desperate to find her daughter and the people holding her.
I rather felt for Stuart, a man released from prison with his strange behaviours and fondness for Josie. He is one of a range of characters, associated with the kidnapping. The baddies kept my attention in spite of their cartoon like behaviour at times. The kidnap drama was the strongest element of the story. Overall this is the weakest of the series to date.
Worth a read for the character development of Marina and the kidnapping. Not so good if you are fond of dogs. I won’t say what happens. I’m moving onto book five and hoping that Brennan is fully recovered and can participate fully. We need him back. I do recommend reading all of these books in sequence. It is masses of fun.