White Out (Badlands Thriller, #1)
After surviving a car accident on an icy road in Hagen, North Dakota, Lily Baker regains consciousness with no idea where or who she is. Scattered Bible verses and the image of a man lying in a pool of blood haunt her memory.The same night of the accident, a young woman is murdered and tossed in a dumpster. Kylie Milliard, Hagen’s only detective, doesn’t immediately recognize the victim, but Kylie soon discovers that Lily and the dead woman share a dark past…if only Lily could remember what it was.Lily and Kylie both want answers. But Kylie has to play by the book. Lily has to play it safe. And the more Lily learns about her identity, the more she fears the truth.

White Out (Badlands Thriller, #1) Details

TitleWhite Out (Badlands Thriller, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 1st, 2020
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Murder Mystery

White Out (Badlands Thriller, #1) Review

  • NZLisaM
    January 1, 1970
    Amidst all the 4 and 5 star reviews, comes me – the outlier, the downer. White Out takes the prize for one of the worse books I've ever read. If I hadn't of received a complimentary copy it would have been a clear cut dnf, but I've made a promise to myself to finish all books I'm lucky enough to receive for free so I can write a fully informed review. Unfortunately, this was a case of the more I read the worse it got. Badly written, immature, hateful characters whose actions and behaviour didn't Amidst all the 4 and 5 star reviews, comes me – the outlier, the downer. White Out takes the prize for one of the worse books I've ever read. If I hadn't of received a complimentary copy it would have been a clear cut dnf, but I've made a promise to myself to finish all books I'm lucky enough to receive for free so I can write a fully informed review. Unfortunately, this was a case of the more I read the worse it got. Badly written, immature, hateful characters whose actions and behaviour didn't ring true, unnecessary and unnatural dialogue, cliché after cliché, and a slow, boring plot where nothing made sense. And, apparently having amnesia in this novel mean't that everyone you encounter speaks in riddles? Or, if you limp into the ER, disorientated, with noticeable head trauma, and other injuries, because you're a nurse at said hospital you're expected to perform CPR on a critically ill patient before being sent off for radiology and x-rays?The police procedures were a joke – the female detective having grave fears for someone's safety because they are not home and their car's in the driveway?! I don't understand why she would jump to dire conclusions so quickly when the person could've simply been out for a walk, visiting a neighbour, been picked up by a friend or colleague, or caught a taxi or uber? There were numerous sensible explanations and the plot was littered with discrepancies like this.As I said White Out has received a lot of praise, but if you have similar tastes to me, or if any of the above are red flags for you I would give this one a wide berth, or if you’re still curious borrow it from the library.I'd like to thank #BookishLadiesClub VIP Bookclub, Netgalley, Thomas & Mercer, and Danielle Girard for the e-ARC.Publication Date: 1st August, 2020.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    I am a big fan of Danielle Giard’s Anna Schwartzman series I was excited to read an early copy of this boo. Thank you to the ladies at BLC VIP Book Club for having me along for this one. This is a twisty story told from multiple characters points of view. We open with Lily, who awakes in a crashed car with a man she does not know with no idea why she is there. The man is dead and she is desperate to get away. She cannot remember who she is, what she does.. anything. Then we meet Detective Kylie I am a big fan of Danielle Giard’s Anna Schwartzman series I was excited to read an early copy of this boo. Thank you to the ladies at BLC VIP Book Club for having me along for this one. This is a twisty story told from multiple characters points of view. We open with Lily, who awakes in a crashed car with a man she does not know with no idea why she is there. The man is dead and she is desperate to get away. She cannot remember who she is, what she does.. anything. Then we meet Detective Kylie Millard who is called to the scene the towns first murder case in a long time. She wants out of Hagen, where she believes she is wasted. The body of a woman has been found in a dumpster outside a bar.. owner by Iver. Iver is Lily’s only ally and helps her to remember her past. Kylie finds that there is a connection between the dead woman and Lily.
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  • BernLuvsBooks
    January 1, 1970
    A twisty mystery told from multiple POVs. I will start by saying this book definitely required suspension of belief because there were a lot of implausible situations, plot holes and questions left unanswered but it was such a quick read that I just rolled with it. There was murder, amnesia, kidnapping, a suspected cult, drug abuse, small town politics and more. There was A LOT going on here and at times it felt like too much for me. I much prefer for things to be fully explained and fleshed out A twisty mystery told from multiple POVs. I will start by saying this book definitely required suspension of belief because there were a lot of implausible situations, plot holes and questions left unanswered but it was such a quick read that I just rolled with it. There was murder, amnesia, kidnapping, a suspected cult, drug abuse, small town politics and more. There was A LOT going on here and at times it felt like too much for me. I much prefer for things to be fully explained and fleshed out, versus having so much thrown at me. Not my favorite mystery but not the worst I've read either.
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  • Miriam
    January 1, 1970
    When several good stories perfectly collide at the hand of the skillful writer, the result is a well-crafted story; this is the best way I can describe White Out by Danielle Girard. White Out is the perfect concoction of suspense, mystery, and a little bit of romance, marinated in a fast-paced sauce; genuinely a twisty rollercoaster novel that will leave you on your toes and biting your nails by the end of each chapter. When the quiet town of Hagen North Dakota sees its first murder in almost te When several good stories perfectly collide at the hand of the skillful writer, the result is a well-crafted story; this is the best way I can describe White Out by Danielle Girard. White Out is the perfect concoction of suspense, mystery, and a little bit of romance, marinated in a fast-paced sauce; genuinely a twisty rollercoaster novel that will leave you on your toes and biting your nails by the end of each chapter. When the quiet town of Hagen North Dakota sees its first murder in almost ten years, it’s up to detective Kylie Milliard, the only detective in Hagen, to solve the case. Kylie, who sees this murder investigation as an opportunity to a promotion to the Fargo Police Department, soon finds out, "There's more than meets the eye”. This isn’t your typical murder investigation, and with several stories intertwined, things ended up being more complicated as we learn more from each character. Each one the main characters has the opportunity to present their story and version on the events through book. Each chapter left me with a feeling of anxiety, desperation, and the necessity of wanting to know more. Thanks to Danielle Girard for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. There is no doubt this will be a success.
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    This thriller had some twists and turns but unfortunately they came at a point in which I had already lost most of my interest in the story. The book starts off in a decent fashion and has potential but a key plot point annoyed me. I can go with the flow and believe one character doesn't recall certain events. But two characters? That's asking too much of this reader.Lily Baker was unconscious and when she comes to she realizes she was a passenger in a bad car accident. That's pretty much the on This thriller had some twists and turns but unfortunately they came at a point in which I had already lost most of my interest in the story. The book starts off in a decent fashion and has potential but a key plot point annoyed me. I can go with the flow and believe one character doesn't recall certain events. But two characters? That's asking too much of this reader.Lily Baker was unconscious and when she comes to she realizes she was a passenger in a bad car accident. That's pretty much the only thing she realizes as she has no idea who she is, how she got there, or the identity of the man in the driver's seat who is unresponsive. Her gut instinct is telling her she better quickly leave the scene of the accident. Detective Kylie Milliard is investigating the murder of a young woman. The story will alternate between several characters including Lily and Kylie.Lily has an interesting backstory and by far I felt most invested in the chapters featuring her. There wasn't anything horribly wrong with Kylie as a character but she didn't really stand out either. I have mixed feelings about the third character who was featured. I wish the author could have come up with a different way to incorporate him into the story that didn't involve him not remembering stuff either. And there were some minor things here and there that made me question if that's how a situation would realistically play out. Instead of losing myself in the story, eventually my interest level took a nosedive..Even though my review sounds mostly negative, this wasn't a horrible read. It wasn't a simple plot that the author just churned out. I just think it needed some fine tuning. As a Kindle First Reads pick, it is slightly above average in the thriller category. This book appears to be the first in a planned series and while I did have some issues, I'm curious what the author has in store for future books.
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  • Kimberly Belle
    January 1, 1970
    In White Out, Danielle Girard masters the perfect blend of action-packed suspense and small-town murder mystery in the first of her Badlands Thriller series. When murder shakes a sleepy North Dakota town, detective Kylie sees it as her ticket out of town, but all is not as it seems. Smart and razor-sharp, a fantastic story that will have you one-clicking the rest of the series.
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  • J.T.
    January 1, 1970
    WHITE OUT is a superb thriller—intense, intricate, and so intriguing. I loved getting to know Detective Kylie Milliard. She is a total badass, and Girard is a one heck of a storyteller. The start of a fabulous new series.
  • Kayleigh 2babesandabookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    A huge thank you to Danielle Girard for reaching out to be via Instagram and asking that I review "White Out." Moments like this are the sole reason I joined the Bookstagram community and I immediately stopped what I was reading at the time to dive into this one and was LITERALLY GLUED TO MY KINDLE for hours on end because I couldn't stop reading it!There is something so special when a mystery/thriller novel has all of the perfect pieces in place: heart-stopping chapters, well-written (and belie A huge thank you to Danielle Girard for reaching out to be via Instagram and asking that I review "White Out." Moments like this are the sole reason I joined the Bookstagram community and I immediately stopped what I was reading at the time to dive into this one and was LITERALLY GLUED TO MY KINDLE for hours on end because I couldn't stop reading it!There is something so special when a mystery/thriller novel has all of the perfect pieces in place: heart-stopping chapters, well-written (and believable characters), the perfect amount of suspense and of course the elegant way Girard created twists and turns that kept you breathless (and clueless) til the very end. I was so invested in every character of this book and while reading, I almost felt like they were a part of my family. The one word I could use to describe this novel was - CONSUMED. And consumed in the best way possible. Heck, I even brought my kindle to a bonfire and slipped off for 15 minutes just so I could keep reading.If I had anything negative to add (which I don't because I am utterly OBSESSED with this book) it would be that I wish the readers got to know Dectective Milliard a bit more. While the chapters flipped between characters, I found myself wanting more of Kylie - who she is, where she comes from, her background, etc. I assume this was done intentionally as this is book one of Girard's new series, so I look forward to learning more about her character in future novels. Also, I wish that we had learned more about Lily's life in captivity. There were only short bursts of information given and I think it would have helped round out the narrative a bit better. Perhaps "Lily - present day" and "Lily - before." I think it would have added an additional element of intrigue.All in all, this book has solidified its place in my top 5 for 2020 and it's only February. I will be sharing with all of my friends and followers that this is a MUST READ for anyone who loves mystery/thrillers! Bravo to Girard - this was an absolute masterpiece to read!
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  • Melissa Ammons
    January 1, 1970
    Never have I given a book a 5-star review, but "White Out" is well deserving. This book is attention-getting right from the start and does not stop. In "White Out," we are introduced to Detective Kylie Milliard, a detective working in the small town of Hagen, North Dakota, seeking a job in the bigger city of Fargo. She is thrust into a case of a dead woman, seemingly working with a group of men who are hiding details of the case with her. Ms. Girard has done an excellent job of weaving in some u Never have I given a book a 5-star review, but "White Out" is well deserving. This book is attention-getting right from the start and does not stop. In "White Out," we are introduced to Detective Kylie Milliard, a detective working in the small town of Hagen, North Dakota, seeking a job in the bigger city of Fargo. She is thrust into a case of a dead woman, seemingly working with a group of men who are hiding details of the case with her. Ms. Girard has done an excellent job of weaving in some unexpected twists and turns in this novel that you will not expect. As soon as you think you have figured out who the bad guy is, you'll find out that you are wrong. There is even a hint of romance! This is sure to be a top-selling series for Ms. Girard. Readers will not be disappointed. Thank you for letting me be one of your early readers, Ms. Girard. I am very much looking forward to the rest of this series. Well done!
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  • Alexandra/ReadsWithRosie
    January 1, 1970
    Looking for a whodunnit detective novel that gives nothing away until the very end? A book that is so hard to put down because the suspense is killing you so you keep reading and reading and reading...Look no further. We follow Lily, a victim (or is she?), Iver, the suspect (or is he?), and Kylie, the detective (or is sh... just kidding. no doubts here). Abby, a woman who was held captive alongside of Lily ten years ago, is found murdered. That same night, Lily woke up in a strangers crashed car Looking for a whodunnit detective novel that gives nothing away until the very end? A book that is so hard to put down because the suspense is killing you so you keep reading and reading and reading...Look no further. We follow Lily, a victim (or is she?), Iver, the suspect (or is he?), and Kylie, the detective (or is sh... just kidding. no doubts here). Abby, a woman who was held captive alongside of Lily ten years ago, is found murdered. That same night, Lily woke up in a strangers crashed car with no memory, and watched as the car fell over the guardrail and off a cliff to the drivers death. The police force and detective found evidence implicating Iver in the murder of Abby. But Iver has a past with Lily- and despite the evidence, Iver is the only one Lily trusts. Meanwhile, Lily is realizing that someone is trying to murder her like they did to the other women she was held in captivity with. But her memory loss complicates things... We follow the three of them as they work to find the true killer(s) and save Lily from a similar fate. This was a suspenseful, complex, nail-biting book. It reads like a law and order SVU meets criminal minds meets detective murder mystery meets The Butterfly Garden with more shocking plot twists. I was absolutely propelled through the second half of this book because Girard managed to keep the twist a secret until the very end (and I pride myself on guessing twists early 😏). Perfect when paired with green juice, hot tea, emergen-C, and a freshly cloroxed apartment. 4.3 ⭐️
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first novel by this author and I really enjoyed it.Lilly Baker wakes to find she has just survived a car crash, but she has no idea who she is or where she is. Then there is a man lying next to her in the car and again, she has no idea who this person is. The same night, Kylie Millard, a detective in the same town of Hagen, attends the finding of a murder and discovers that both Lilly and the dead woman share a past. As the story goes along, the author reveals pieces of the puzzle. I This was my first novel by this author and I really enjoyed it.Lilly Baker wakes to find she has just survived a car crash, but she has no idea who she is or where she is. Then there is a man lying next to her in the car and again, she has no idea who this person is. The same night, Kylie Millard, a detective in the same town of Hagen, attends the finding of a murder and discovers that both Lilly and the dead woman share a past. As the story goes along, the author reveals pieces of the puzzle. I enjoyed the mystery and suspense of this one and the way in which the author introduces us to the past as we go along. Will definitely read more by this author in the future.
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  • Kristi
    January 1, 1970
    White Out by Danielle Girard is a perfectly blended murder mystery and thriller with a wonderfully complex cast of characters; an amnesic woman, a female detective surrounded by small minded men in a small town and a seriously sketch tavern owner who’s more likely drunk than not. A series of seemingly random events unfolds but there’s more to the story than those involved are willing to admit and it seems everyone has a secret … or five. It’s up to Detective Kylie Hilliard to put the pieces toge White Out by Danielle Girard is a perfectly blended murder mystery and thriller with a wonderfully complex cast of characters; an amnesic woman, a female detective surrounded by small minded men in a small town and a seriously sketch tavern owner who’s more likely drunk than not. A series of seemingly random events unfolds but there’s more to the story than those involved are willing to admit and it seems everyone has a secret … or five. It’s up to Detective Kylie Hilliard to put the pieces together, not an easy task but her investigation will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning pages.White Out is quickly paced and action packed, convoluted and baffling in the best possible way and, I’m happy to say, the first book in the Badlands Thriller series. I’m excited to see where Ms. Girard takes this series. My sincere thanks to Ms. Girard for providing me with a DRC of White Out in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book in her new Badlands Thriller series and my first book by her! I thought is was so fun! You have Lily who regains consciousness afyer a car accident in Hagen, North Dakota. Next to a man who has died. She has amnesia, and can't remember what happened or who she is. The same night a murdered woman is found in a dumpster. The only female detective for Hagen, Kylie,  is  put on the case! She realizes that Lily and the murdered woman have a past connection. It's up to her to pu This is the first book in her new Badlands Thriller series and my first book by her! I thought is was so fun! You have Lily who regains consciousness afyer a car accident in Hagen, North Dakota. Next to a man who has died. She has amnesia, and can't remember what happened or who she is. The same night a murdered woman is found in a dumpster. The only female detective for Hagen, Kylie,  is  put on the case! She realizes that Lily and the murdered woman have a past connection. It's up to her to put the pieces together. I don't want to give anything away so I won't say too much! This book has alot going on, and you do need to suspend disbelief in some parts, but I don't have issues with that because that's what I find fun about reading. This was a twisty mystery, told from alternating POVs! It includes police procedural, drug abuse, kidnapping, murder.  I loved that I didn't guess the twist and I flew through the last half of this one. It was definitely fast paced, full of action, and that definitely kept the pages turning fast! I am looking forward to seeing how this series will continue!..Thank you to the author, publisher and netgalley for this copy to review! 
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    A huge thank you to Danielle Girard for reaching out to me via Instagram and asking that I review "White Out." This is one of my favorite things about the Bookstagram community. This was my first book by this author and I loved it!!!Told from three different characters’ perspectives, every chapter leaves you wanting more! The book starts with Lily who wakes up from a car crash only to find that she doesn’t know who she is, the driver in the car, or anything about her past. As the story unfolds, A huge thank you to Danielle Girard for reaching out to me via Instagram and asking that I review "White Out." This is one of my favorite things about the Bookstagram community. This was my first book by this author and I loved it!!!Told from three different characters’ perspectives, every chapter leaves you wanting more! The book starts with Lily who wakes up from a car crash only to find that she doesn’t know who she is, the driver in the car, or anything about her past. As the story unfolds, bits of her memory come back only to display her horrific past. ⁣⁣Kylie is a new detective in a small city where everyone knows everyone. When a murder occurs in this dead city, she is desperate to solve the case to gain her chance to leave for bigger and better places. ⁣⁣Iver is a war Vet who struggles with alcohol addiction and memories filled with regret. My heart soared for Iver as my husband is a war Vet who struggles with PTSD so I loved him. Lily could be his chance at redemption.⁣This was a great book and I enjoyed every page of it. Thanks again to the author and Netgalley for my advanced ebook copy. Put this on your August TBR pile!!!
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  • David Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    Lily finds herself in a car that has just been in an accident without any memories of who the man that was driving is, where they are or even who she is. Hearing echos of someone telling her not to trust the police she runs from the scene.The body of a murdered woman is found in a dumpster behind a local bar.Iver is the owner of the bar suffering from PTSD after his time in Afghanistan and suffering a bit of memory loss himself.Kylie is the only detective in the small town with her sights set on Lily finds herself in a car that has just been in an accident without any memories of who the man that was driving is, where they are or even who she is. Hearing echos of someone telling her not to trust the police she runs from the scene.The body of a murdered woman is found in a dumpster behind a local bar.Iver is the owner of the bar suffering from PTSD after his time in Afghanistan and suffering a bit of memory loss himself.Kylie is the only detective in the small town with her sights set on moving on to a bigger city. First she has to solve the mystery of who the murder victim is, who killed her and what was Lily and Iver's connection to it all. Fast paced and well written this one kept me guessing throughout. The characters are believable and fleshed out but with room for more development as the series progresses. I love strong female protagonists and Kylie fits the bill. Told from the alternating POV's of Lily and Kylie very effectively, the story builds with suspense and excitement that kept me reading way past my bedtime. I really enjoyed this one and recommend it to those of you who like a good whodunit.Thank you Danielle Girard for the digital ARC to read, review and enjoy.
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  • Court
    January 1, 1970
    4 STARS After surviving a car accident on an icy road in Hagen, North Dakota, Lily Baker regains consciousness only to realize that she doesn't remember how the wreck happened...or who she is. That same evening, another woman is murdered and found in a dumpster outside of the local bar. Kylie Milliard, Hagen’s only detective, doesn’t immediately recognize the victim, but Kylie soon discovers that Lily and the dead woman share a dark past…if only Lily could remember what it was.......When Daniell 4 STARS After surviving a car accident on an icy road in Hagen, North Dakota, Lily Baker regains consciousness only to realize that she doesn't remember how the wreck happened...or who she is. That same evening, another woman is murdered and found in a dumpster outside of the local bar. Kylie Milliard, Hagen’s only detective, doesn’t immediately recognize the victim, but Kylie soon discovers that Lily and the dead woman share a dark past…if only Lily could remember what it was.......When Danielle Girard contacted me asking if I would be willing to read her new book, WHITE OUT, I couldn't say yes fast enough! The synopsis sounded right up my alley and I started reading it as soon as it downloaded on my kindle. The story is fast paced and I really enjoyed trying to figure out the mystery of Lily's past as the bits and pieces were slowly revealed. My only complaint (and really, it's definitely on me!) is that I didn't realize that this was the start of a new series - so I was initially upset about the loose ends that weren't tied up. However, I wouldn't say that this heavily impacted my enjoyment and I will definitely pick up the sequel in hopes that it answers some of the questions I was left with!Recommended for readers who are looking to start off a new series or enjoy twisted small town thrillers with strong female leads.Thank you to the author, the publisher and Netalley for my ARC!
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    Once again Danielle Girard is presenting her gift of writing with "White Out" This work will amaze, entertain, and keep readers on the edge of their seats. Just when you think that you have it figured out, another plot twist or piece of evidence will surface and have you eagerly reading page after page without disappointment. This story starts dramatically and will keep you intrigued until the last word!
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  • Melanie Fields
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first book by Danielle Girard, and I was hooked from the very first chapter. The suspense only intensified after that. The seemingly random storylines worked together to build the mystery. I thought I had it all figured out...several times...only to have another piece of the puzzle revealed. White Out is a fast-paced mystery/thriller that will keep you guessing right up until the very end! ❄️
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  • Pamela Hutchins
    January 1, 1970
    I love this new small town thriller series and its opening novel. I could FEEL the North Dakota cold, and I did not guess whodunnit. The best part to me was how I was sucked in to the memory loss issues of Lily Baker and Iver Larson, two of the great characters, as the story unfolded. I don't want to risk any spoilers, so I'll just end this with the fact that I am excited already for the second book in the series, and recommend this one highly.
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  • Andrew Brandt
    January 1, 1970
    A mystery thriller in the vein of Robert Ludlum’s great Bourne series, this novel throws you in the middle of a car crash of questions and you, the reader, discover the deadly circumstances, in realtime, as the protagonist.I read this over a weekend and could not put it down. As the first book in a new series from Ms. Girard, I’m already itching for the next book.
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  • Jamie Jack
    January 1, 1970
    Willing Suspension of Disbelief ShatteredWhile it isn't the only genre of fiction I read, the promise of a good thriller is hard to pass up. I had heard marvellous things about this book before I downloaded it from one of my favorite book review sites. Unfortunately, I did not feel like this book lived up to the promise or the hype; I did not find it to be a particularly good thriller. The first thing that turned me off from the book was the very awkward turns of phrases and image descriptions t Willing Suspension of Disbelief ShatteredWhile it isn't the only genre of fiction I read, the promise of a good thriller is hard to pass up. I had heard marvellous things about this book before I downloaded it from one of my favorite book review sites. Unfortunately, I did not feel like this book lived up to the promise or the hype; I did not find it to be a particularly good thriller. The first thing that turned me off from the book was the very awkward turns of phrases and image descriptions that were meant to be evocative but were just odd (like comparing blood oozing down a neck to warmed-up, second-day turkey gravy). At times, I felt the author tried too hard to come up with a unique way of describing things, and that her attempts just fell flat or brought up images that were wrong or inappropriate at the moment (like the turkey gravy).As both a nurse and someone who has read and watched a lot of police procedurals and detective thrillers, I found this book to be riddled with errors in both the hospital aspects and the police procedures. After a certain point, I just felt like I was reading to see what gaffes she would make next! I don't like a book to be a “page turner” for that reason! For any fiction, there always needs to be a willing suspension of disbelief, but to me, that only extends so far. This book has such a wide variety of unlikely situations only loosely linked, so many questions left unanswered until the very end, unlikable and one-dimensional characters, and plot holes you could drive a truck through that it stretched that suspension of disbelief until it snapped and broke completely. It felt like the author certainly had too many components going on in the story, and she wasn’t able to handle them all deftly. She should have chosen a few and drilled down into those. All in all, I found this to be a very disappointing read.I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.
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  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    I received a complimentary digital galley of WHITE OUT by Danielle Girard for an honest review. Thank you to Netgalley, Thomas & Mercer and Danielle Girard for the chance to read and review!WHITE OUT begins with a woman waking up in the wake of a car accident. She awakens next to a man she doesn’t recognize and she comes to realize she doesn’t even recognize herself. She has vague recollections of bible verses, other phrases and images, but she doesn’t even know her own name until she finds the I received a complimentary digital galley of WHITE OUT by Danielle Girard for an honest review. Thank you to Netgalley, Thomas & Mercer and Danielle Girard for the chance to read and review!WHITE OUT begins with a woman waking up in the wake of a car accident. She awakens next to a man she doesn’t recognize and she comes to realize she doesn’t even recognize herself. She has vague recollections of bible verses, other phrases and images, but she doesn’t even know her own name until she finds the name Lily on her ID.Elsewhere a woman’s body is found in a dumpster behind a bar and she too is initially unknown. The bar’s owner Iver is suspected and due to migraines and drinking he isn’t entirely sure where he was when the murder occurred. Kylie is the detective on the case, though as the only woman she seems to have her work cut out for her among her male colleagues.I really enjoyed this book and I flew through it even though I was reading this is the height of the COVID-19 distraction in early April. We get the story from three different perspectives, Lily, Kylie and Iver and I enjoyed the different POVs. These characters have a lot of challenges against them and darkness in their past which is well portrayed as it colors their present.The mystery at the core of WHITE OUT kept me hooked and the author managed to surprise me with several of the twists. Unreliable narrators can be a bit hit or miss for me, but I thought that the way these characters dealt with physical and mental trauma worked well with the story to keep me guessing.I definitely recommend this one to the thriller fans and those looking to read something with some chills in the midst of summer! This was my first book by Danielle Girard, but I will be reading more! WHITE OUT is out on August 1, 2020!
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  • mrsboomreads
    January 1, 1970
    White Out was the perfect blend of thriller, murder mystery, and police procedural. The story alternates between three perspectives: a young woman waking up with amnesia in the aftermath of a car accident, a small town North Dakota detective desperate to solve a murder, and the local bar owner turned murder suspect. The book starts with a bang as one of our characters, Lily, comes to in the aftermath of a terrifying car accident on an icy road. With no memory of how she came to be in the car or, White Out was the perfect blend of thriller, murder mystery, and police procedural. The story alternates between three perspectives: a young woman waking up with amnesia in the aftermath of a car accident, a small town North Dakota detective desperate to solve a murder, and the local bar owner turned murder suspect. The book starts with a bang as one of our characters, Lily, comes to in the aftermath of a terrifying car accident on an icy road. With no memory of how she came to be in the car or, even her own name, she acts solely on an overwhelming sense of fear and guided by ominous snippets of bible verses and directives playing through her mind. Meanwhile, back in town, a murdered woman is found outside of the local bar. Kylie, the only detective in town needs to find out the identity of this woman and how this rare murder came to happen. Our local bar owner, Iver, is an alcoholic who cannot recall the events of the previous night and is struggling with demons from his own past. Now, he is also a suspect.The main characters in White Out are all believable, sympathetic, and interesting. From a woman once held captive in a cult-type situation, to post-war PTSD, to addiction, and a police detective fighting against gender stereotypes, this story does not shy away from hard topics. Instead, it embraces and weaves them seamlessly though the mystery. The multiple viewpoints and shorter chapters had me flying through the novel. Girard's writing is so descriptive, I could feel the chill of the icy surroundings while reading. A minor caveat, I will say there were two things that left me wanting: details and development around Lily's captivity, and expanding Kylie's backstory and how she came to be a detective in Hagen, ND. Still, this was a n easy 5 star read!
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  • Susan Ballard
    January 1, 1970
    Lily Baker awakes to find herself inside the tangled wreckage of a car. Beside her is an unconscious man, she has no idea who he is or why she is with him. Images flash in her mind: a man lying in blood, a woman running, Bible verses scattered. As Lily stares out into the cold, icy surroundings she realizes she doesn’t even know who she is.Iver Larson doesn’t remember last night. Sure he drinks, and there are the meds, but how does he not remember anything from the bar last night.Life has been t Lily Baker awakes to find herself inside the tangled wreckage of a car. Beside her is an unconscious man, she has no idea who he is or why she is with him. Images flash in her mind: a man lying in blood, a woman running, Bible verses scattered. As Lily stares out into the cold, icy surroundings she realizes she doesn’t even know who she is.Iver Larson doesn’t remember last night. Sure he drinks, and there are the meds, but how does he not remember anything from the bar last night.Life has been tough for Iver ever since coming back from Afghanistan, with a brain injury. But things are about to get a whole lot messier.Kylie Milliard has been a detective in Hagan, North Dakota for only a few months, but she makes the connection between Lily Baker and Abigail Jensen, the woman killed behind the bar the same night as Lily’s car accident. These women share the same dark past, but why is someone after them, and who?Although there are a few details in the book I’m left confused about, Danielle Girard pulls together a story from basically two main characters that can’t remember much of anything - quite the feat.This book has the suspense of a thriller and the grit of a police procedural. Chapter to chapter, you’re never sure who to trust. Girard does a great job placing doubt in your mind. If you love a strong female, in a detective role, then you will be sure to enjoy White Out.This made for a great #BLCVIPbookclub buddy read. Watch the #bookishladies page for upcoming books.Thank you to @daniellegirardbooks and Thomas & Mercer for reaching out and supplying an advanced copy for review.This book is scheduled for release: August 1, 2020.
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  • Chelsea Meehan
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to @daniellegirardbooks for sending me this ARC copy (my very first🥳) of your novel White Out. __White Out starts off with the woman (Lily) waking up after a car crash. She doesn't know who she is or who the man driving was. Then comes Kylie a detective in the small town and Iver, an alcoholic war vet struggling with PTSD. Kylie's doing her best to solve the death of the man in the car and the murder by Iver's bar and then go onto something bigger and better. __It was fast paced and tw Thank you to @daniellegirardbooks for sending me this ARC copy (my very first🥳) of your novel White Out. __White Out starts off with the woman (Lily) waking up after a car crash. She doesn't know who she is or who the man driving was. Then comes Kylie a detective in the small town and Iver, an alcoholic war vet struggling with PTSD. Kylie's doing her best to solve the death of the man in the car and the murder by Iver's bar and then go onto something bigger and better. __It was fast paced and twisty with lots of suspense. Most of the time it was easy to follow characters, there are quite a few and depending on the POV, their name is said differently (sometimes first and sometimes last so pay attention, it can get a bit confusing). __The way Girard unfolds their stories/pasts along with the different crimes in the book was wonderful. Several times I was stunned by the turn of events. I had that nervous, at the edge of my seat feeling at the end of the chapters__I think the only downfall was the lack of information on Lily and the time she spent kidnapped and held captive. We only got some short bits here and there. Was really craving more, it would've helped rounded out Lily more, especially at the ending when things were getting solved. I'm not sure if the next book (because it is going to be a series) is going to deal with this more or if it's going to deal with the detective (who I quite like) on another case. __4.5🌟 highly recommend if you're in the mood for a incredibly well written story that's fast paced. The suspense and twists were high and great, keeping you on your toes. You'll be totally immersed and consumed by these characters and the crimes they're involved in.
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  • Chelsea | Thriller Book Babe 🔎
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it. Do you know that feeling when you immediately connect with a story and get completely immersed in it? That is this book! Thank you so much to Danielle Girard for this stunning ARC. I am so thankful for the chance to read it because I loved it! The setting is rural North Dakota and the story begins with a woman who has just survived a car crash but has amnesia. She slowly begins to learn about her life, and realizes she’s in real danger. Someone is trying to kill her and she needs to fi Loved it. Do you know that feeling when you immediately connect with a story and get completely immersed in it? That is this book! Thank you so much to Danielle Girard for this stunning ARC. I am so thankful for the chance to read it because I loved it! The setting is rural North Dakota and the story begins with a woman who has just survived a car crash but has amnesia. She slowly begins to learn about her life, and realizes she’s in real danger. Someone is trying to kill her and she needs to find out why before it’s too late.Thoughts: I connected to this plot right away. Right from the start it was fast-paced and engaging. The writing in this story was SO good- very descriptive and relatable. I felt connected to the characters, especially the main character. I loved that there were so many interesting things going on and people to follow. I felt like there wasn’t really a dull moment and it was almost 400 pages of relevant and interesting storytelling. I can honestly say I had no idea how this story was going to end and it was action packed until the very end. I enjoyed the ending as well as the journey. While it was a little unbelievable, it all tied together nicely. Danielle Girard is a fantastic writer and I will be going back to get her previous books ASAP! 4.5 stars from me!
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  • Lora - questsandcrimes
    January 1, 1970
    Lily Baker has woken up in a car wreck with no idea who she is. She only has a few clues to help her figure out her true identity. In town, a woman is murdered and her body is thrown in a dumpster. Kylie Milliard is the only detective in Hagen, North Dakota, and she’s hoping to make a name for herself. Investigating both the accident and the murder, Kylie finds that both cases are linked by horrible incidents in the past. This is a great procedural thriller. The book is told in three perspective Lily Baker has woken up in a car wreck with no idea who she is. She only has a few clues to help her figure out her true identity. In town, a woman is murdered and her body is thrown in a dumpster. Kylie Milliard is the only detective in Hagen, North Dakota, and she’s hoping to make a name for herself. Investigating both the accident and the murder, Kylie finds that both cases are linked by horrible incidents in the past. This is a great procedural thriller. The book is told in three perspectives, so you get more than the usual procedural. The three perspectives had me flying through this story; a detective, a victim, and an accused man. I did guess some of the twists, but over all this was an impressively plotted thriller.My only complaint would be that we didn’t get a lot of information on Lily’s past. Being the dark and twisted person that I am, I wanted to know more. It would have helped connect some dots, like why Lily has bible versus memorized. However, this is going to be a series 🎉🎉. So maybe we’ll get more? 🤷🏻‍♀️If you’re looking for a page-turner staring a badass lady detective, you’ll like this one! Thank you to Danielle Girard and Netgalley for my copy.
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  • emily • emilybookedup
    January 1, 1970
    WHITE OUT was a great mystery that i truly couldn’t figure out until the end! it had so many good twists and character overlap at the end. if you liked THE FAMILAR DARK, i think you’d also like this one. it follows another small town with tons of drama and mystery! thank you @netgalley and @daniellegirardbooks for the gifted copy! 📖🤓💙.the book is about Lily Baker. after surviving a bad car accident where the other passenger did not, Lily cannot remember where she is, who she is or what she’s sup WHITE OUT was a great mystery that i truly couldn’t figure out until the end! it had so many good twists and character overlap at the end. if you liked THE FAMILAR DARK, i think you’d also like this one. it follows another small town with tons of drama and mystery! thank you @netgalley and @daniellegirardbooks for the gifted copy! 📖🤓💙.the book is about Lily Baker. after surviving a bad car accident where the other passenger did not, Lily cannot remember where she is, who she is or what she’s supposed to do next. that same night, a woman is found murdered and left in a dumpster in her hometown.after making it home with the help of context clues and a visit to the hospital, Lily finds an address to a friends house—Iver—and decides to go there to get more information about who she is. there, she learns that she was kidnapped and held hostage for years with the woman that just turned up dead.the more Lily learns about her identity, the more scared she becomes. thankfully, Iver is there to help her along the way. but as the police start to piece things together, more people turn up dead, and the person closest to her is in trouble.are these deaths somehow related to Lily? even worse, could her kidnapper (that she was told was killed) still be alive?
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  • Victoria Rodríguez
    January 1, 1970
    This was an excellent thriller, it was an interesting page-turner that captivated my attention from page one. At some moments I felt as if I was present in the story. Lily Baker regained consciousness after a car accident on a slippery street in Hagen, North Dakota. She sees a man lying in a pool of blood, she tried in vain to save him. Help came to her aid, but ever since that night, Lily has been unable to erase that dreadful night. On the same night, the body of a young woman was found in a d This was an excellent thriller, it was an interesting page-turner that captivated my attention from page one. At some moments I felt as if I was present in the story. Lily Baker regained consciousness after a car accident on a slippery street in Hagen, North Dakota. She sees a man lying in a pool of blood, she tried in vain to save him. Help came to her aid, but ever since that night, Lily has been unable to erase that dreadful night. On the same night, the body of a young woman was found in a dumpster. The police were immediately contacted, detective Kylie Milliard was awoken by her boss so she could go to the crime scene. Kylie starts interviewing possible witnesses, it is very important for her to solve this mystery. I was wondering why does the story describe Lily's situation at the beginning of the book and then Kylie's wanderings, I am not going to spoil that to you. The book has several interesting plot twists. I recommend this book because it is interesting, captivating and mysterious. I am excited for book 2, I can't wait. I thank the bookishladiesclub and the author for providing me with a copy of this book. I loved commenting about this book!
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  • Kaitlyn
    January 1, 1970
    Review: White Out by Danielle Girard ❄️ ⁣⁣⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5 ⁣⁣20/50 for 2020⁣⁣Thank you to @daniellegirardbooks for an advanced copy of her new book, which comes out this summer!⁣⁣“After surviving a car accident on an icy road in Hagen, North Dakota, Lily Baker regains consciousness with no idea where or who she is. Scattered Bible verses and the image of a man lying in a pool of blood haunt her memory.⁣⁣The same night of the accident, a young woman is murdered and tossed in a dumpster. Kylie Milliar Review: White Out by Danielle Girard ❄️ ⁣⁣⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5 ⁣⁣20/50 for 2020⁣⁣Thank you to @daniellegirardbooks for an advanced copy of her new book, which comes out this summer!⁣⁣“After surviving a car accident on an icy road in Hagen, North Dakota, Lily Baker regains consciousness with no idea where or who she is. Scattered Bible verses and the image of a man lying in a pool of blood haunt her memory.⁣⁣The same night of the accident, a young woman is murdered and tossed in a dumpster. Kylie Milliard, Hagen’s only detective, doesn’t immediately recognize the victim, but Kylie soon discovers that Lily and the dead woman share a dark past…if only Lily could remember what it was.⁣⁣Lily and Kylie both want answers. But Kylie has to play by the book. Lily has to play it safe. And the more Lily learns about her identity, the more she fears the truth.”⁣⁣White Out is one of those books that hooks you from the first chapter and makes you wish you could stay in bed all day reading. ⁣⁣I really enjoyed the excellent character development- a factor that is often lacking in thrillers. I loved the backstories of Lily and Iver- especially the way Girard uses memories overlapping with present experience. ⁣The twists and turns were really well executed. I always hate when a thriller leaves facts or events left unexplained - but Girard ties White Out up in a neat reveal. So satisfying. ⁣Overall, White Out is a fast-paced, razor sharp thriller that kept me guessing until the very end. ⁣
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