Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Extreme Measures by Michele Ashman Bell


Following the trauma of her estranged husband’s untimely death, Emma Lowell is happy with the life she has rebuilt for herself. She’s engaged to a wonderful man and anticipates a fresh start, free from her troubled past. Only one persistent obstacle remains: Margaret Lowell, her former mother-in-law. Margaret continues to be a demanding presence in Emma’s life, and her requests have become increasingly disconcerting. When Margaret asks Emma to accompany her on a sentimental journey to the family’s mountain cabin, the young woman reluctantly agrees. After all, her fiancé is out of town. No one will miss her. Emma could never have suspected the horror that awaits in the snow-bound cabin, for beneath Margaret Lowell’s elderly façade lies a sinister and terrifying nature—and a plot born of insanity. Alarmed by the dark plan that unfolds, Emma struggles to escape the isolated cabin in a chilling game of cat and mouse. As the danger escalates, and with little hope of rescue, Emma must engage in a battle of wills if she is to avoid becoming the final piece in Margaret’s twisted puzzle . . .


Michele Ashman Bell grew up in St. George, Utah, where she met her husband, Gary, at Dixie College. They are the proud parents of four children: Weston, Kendyl, Andrea, and Rachel.

A favorite pastime of Michele’s is supporting her children in all of their activities, traveling both in and outside the United States with her husband and family, and doing research for her books. She also scuba dives. Aside from being a busy wife and mother, Michele is an aerobics instructor at the Life Centre Athletic Club near her home. Michele is the best-selling author of several books and a Christmas booklet and has also written children’s stories for the Friend magazine.


Emma's life is looking up.  She has a wonderful fiance and is looking forward to getting married and moving on with her life.  She wants to leave her difficult relationship with her former mother-in-law in the past, but Margaret Lowell has very different plans.  When Emma gets tricked into taking Margaret on a trip to the family cabin things go downhill fast and she is forced to find the courage to stand up to her mother-in-law in ways she never expected.  Luckily for her she has some good friends who sense something is wrong and come looking for her.

Bell has created an interesting and suspenseful read with Extreme Measures.  It's a fast read with just enough detail included to carry the story along.  The focus is on Emma overcoming the unexpected threat that her mother-in-law suddenly presents and facing her own fears along the way.  I quite enjoy these kind of stories where the main character has to grow and develop.  Margaret's obsession provides an interesting psychological aspect to the story that adds to the tension.  An enjoyable, clean suspense book that I can easily recommend.


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