For a story that’s pretty much outside of my comfort zone, I was surprised how hard it was to put it down. It’s an interesting story with some thrilling moments and a strong female heroine. And what else would you want from a good story?
Untraceable (The Nature of Grace #1) by S.R. Johannes
I received a copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Graces’ father disappears. But you can’t simply vanish, there are always traces. She knows he’s still alive and she’s determined to find him even if everybody else thinks he’s dead.
Mo has his own mission. As it happens fate joins their paths. But who is this mysterious boy and why does he live in the forest. Can Grace really trust him?
Grace is a strong-minded heroine. She notices things others had missed, finds new traces, discovers a mystery she really should stay away from. As things get more and more dangerous she manages to stay focused and still keeps going. No matter what others might think of her.
Obviously, she’s not perfect. She’s just a teenager without any kind of special training and she’s diving into a dangerous mystery that might kill her. But simply can’t stay away from danger. Well, I guess there would be no book if she could.
As it usually happens with teenagers – there comes love. This time, it’s mix of the ex-boyfriend who tries to get her back and new-hot-British-guy. So yes, there’s a triangle. But it’s not so bad. The ex has pretty low chances of getting her back and even though he tries she still tries to stay away. The new guy is a mystery, though – she’s unsure if she should simply throw herself into his arms. But he can be so adorable and romantic!
This book won’t spare you some gruesome scenes with poachers and their victims. I really wanted to dive into the book and kicked their asses! How could people even THINK about doing these kinds of things? Horrible.
The mystery of Graces’ father’s disappearance is nicely crafted. At first, it’s just that – one man vanishing without a reason. With time more and more interesting and scary details get discovered. More people are involved. Grace is surrounded by uncertainty. She doesn’t know who will listen to her and who to trust.
Johannes’s writing is magnetic, it will make you keep turning pages until you get to the very end. And even then it’s not over. Although I would prefer if it was a stand-alone novel, but it ends with a bit of a cliffhanger. Well, it’s not that bad since it gives hope, but I would still prefer a more definite ending.
Have you read “Untraceable”? Did you like it? How about next book in series, should I pick it up?