“Break You (Andrew Z. Thomas/ Luther Kite Series #3)” by Blake Crouch
Publisher’s Synopsis: Somehow, Luther Kite has found them. At long last, the third installment in the Andrew Z. Thomas series. Following the events of DESERT PLACES and LOCKED DOORS, Andy Thomas and Violet King are hiding out in the wilds of northern Canada, where Violet has a four-month-old son and a burgeoning romance with Andy. On a cold, rainy night at their cabin in the woods, the promise of an idyllic life that seems just around the corner is shattered when a man from their past, a monster of pure malevolence, returns. What he has in store for them will challenge their understanding of evil and stretch the fibers of their love to the breaking point.
3 out of 5 stars
Andrew Thomas thinks now, he can finally live his life in some semblance of peace. Back in the Yukon, he and Violet are living quietly in his isolated cabin, with Violet’s 4 month old son, Max. One night, Max disappears and both Andrew and Violet are taken.
Luther is back and he JUST WON’T DIE! That’s the feeling I have throughout this series. Why won’t he just die? He has been killed so many times but he always comes back. This time, he is back with a vengeance and his goal is to make Andrew pay and pay and pay.
This is a short read, but not a sweet one. Bordering on torture-porn, this could be triggering for some. There is more violence for the sake of violence in this book than the previous ones, but it’s part of the story. The characters are, in fact, being tortured for the gratification of our serial killer, Luther. I liked the book but found it a bit frustrating as the same mistakes were made by the characters over and over. Violet is the saving grace in this story and her love for her son, and what she is forced to do to protect him is riveting.
The ending was … I don’t even know. Frustrating is the word I keep coming back to. How many chances does Andrew need to do the right thing, the ONLY thing that makes sense, and keeps blowing that chance?
I’m a huge fan of Blake Crouch and love how this last book in the series ties into other things he has written with Konrath, who I am also a huge fan of.