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FATAL OPTION by CHRIS BEAKEY.
THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY
Fatal Option By Chris Beakey
The Hotly Anticipated New Novel From Lambda Literary Award Finalist… NAIL-BITING THRILLER EXPLORES THE DEVASTATING MORAL CONSEQUENCES OF A DANGEROUS CHOICE
“A sharp, intelligent thriller. Really top-notch.” – Neely Tucker, Washington Post staff writer & author of Only The Hunted Run
“A wintery tale of violence and redemption, artfully balanced by a touching portrayal of a family in crisis.” – Peter Swanson, author of The Kind Worth Killing
“Fatal Option grabs you from the first page. Plan to stay up.” – Kathleen Antrim, former Co-President of International Thriller Writers & author of Capital Offense
Would you break the law to save your child? Stephen Porter finds himself facing this very question – with life or death consequences – in Fatal Option, the hotly anticipated new thriller from Lambda Literary Award finalist Chris Beakey, to be published in hardcover by Post Hill Press and distributed by Simon & Schuster on February 21, 2017. Fatal Option opens on the coldest night of the year, with Stephen pulled from a restless sleep by a midnight phone call. His 17-year-old daughter, Sara, is stranded in the blizzard, crying in terror and begging for his help. Going to her rescue would be a no-brainer if he hadn’t gone to bed just an hour before after a night of binge drinking alone. With blurred vision and unsteady balance, Stephen knows it’s dangerously irresponsible to get behind the wheel. But he hits the winding, icy roads of Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains to bring his daughter home. High school teacher Kieran O’Shea is also behind the wheel on that fateful night, searching for his autistic younger brother, Aidan. Kieran is also terrified – of the voices in his mind, of the probability that Aidan will be taken from him, and of the certainty that he will soon be arrested for murdering three women.
In a matter of minutes, Stephen will encounter Kieran and drive headlong into a collision that will force him to question everything he thought he knew about his family – and to protect his children from violence that hits all too close to home. A murder mystery wrapped around a heartbreaking moral dilemma, Fatal Option is already being lauded by the who’s-who of the American thriller community, with bestselling author Jordan Dane calling it, “emotionally visceral,” and Norb Vonnegut praising the “relentlessly suspenseful” pacing and intrigue of Beakey’s sophomore release. “Fatal Option is very much about an option,” says Beakey, “a choice that a good man makes in a desperate situation. Of course, the worst possible thing that could happen… happens. But sometimes bad decisions seem like the only decisions. What I really want readers of Fatal Option to ask themselves is: what would you do?”
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
You know those times in your life, where you think, ‘Well things just can’t get any worse’ and then God damn it they do! Well that is at about that point that Stephen Porter is up to on the night of the blizzard.
The insurance company won’t release any monies from his wife’s life policy, as it is inconclusive as it whether she committed suicide or not.
The ins and outs of monthly commitments are a disaster.
His son has been badly beaten up at school.
And his has just been woken up with a phone call from his 17 year old daughter begging him to pick her up from the middle of nowhere. She is crying and begging for help.
Now more problems, his daughter lied about where she was going, the blizzard is worse, he is so tired and others could get drunk off his breath he has drunk that much. So here is the Fatal Option. His wife has already died up on those roads in very mysterious circumstances so he can’t just leave his daughter there but he really isn’t safe to drive, he knows that.
How I loved this story! I just haven’t a clue how Chris Beakey could fit so much into a book this size, oh just a minute I do. Each page is packed with gripping stomach churning moments. The ones that every parent just hope and pray they will never have to face. I really took to Stephen Porter straight away, his character was never one that was written to get sympathy, he was just a typical parent stumbling through being a parent the best he could without ‘the handbook’ that non of us get. I had read the blurb but it didn’t prepare me for what was inside the cover. Because wow it is packed with layer after layer of broken peoples stories that all come together piece by piece. My mind was reassessing the situation all the time as it went on, and what I had taken as first impressions of characters were constantly changing.
This is certainly a book that I will remember for a very long time as for all the layers it contained it was never complicated, it had such a very natural flow of all the elements melting into one that gave me The Fatal Conclusion.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
About the Author:
Chris Beakey tells stories of good people caught in bad places. He writes fiction from his homes in Washington, D.C. and Lewes, Delaware, as well as nonfiction as a ghostwriter for an organization that promotes bipartisan policies that strengthen the nation through smart investments in youth. His first, novel, Double Abduction, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.
Connect with Chris Beakey on Facebook, Goodreads and at http://www.chrisbeakey.com.