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Pushed Too Far: A Thriller (Val Ryker series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ann Voss Peterson , Blake Crouch
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Two years ago a woman was brutally murdered, her body burned until only ash and shattered bone remained. Police Sergeant Valerie Ryker solved that case, putting psychopath Dixon Hess in prison for life, and becoming the first female police chief of her tiny Wisconsin town.


Then the original murder victim turns up in a frozen lake, all in one piece and only recently dead, and Val must enter a race against time. In only forty-eight hours, Hess will be set free, and he wants payback. And Val, her town, and everyone she loves are at the top of his list.


But surviving Hess's vengeance is only part of her dilemma. For there's another killer in Lake Loyal. One who may be closer to Val than she knows...

Val will need all the help she can get, including a sexy firefighter, her dead sister's daughter, and a tough Chicago cop named Jack Daniels. Everyone has a breaking point, and Val has just reached hers.

From bestselling romantic suspense author Ann Voss Peterson comes a page-turning thriller of police procedure, passion, and revenge. Make sure you're holding your Kindle tightly with both hands.

"If you're a fan of Tess Gerritsen, James Patterson, or Kathy Reichs, don't
even hesitate. Filled with nail-gnawing suspense, dark mystery, and even a
dash of sexy romance, PUSHED TOO FAR qualifies for Thriller of the Year." - J.A. Konrath, author of SHAKEN

"I finished Ann Voss Peterson's PUSHED TOO FAR in a machine-gun clatter of next-page clicks. It jumps out of the gate at full gallop and picks up speed from there. I couldn't go back to working on my own book till I'd finished hers."
- F. Paul Wilson, New York Times Bestselling Author

"This book is written by someone who understands the art and craft of
thriller writing. It's got three-dimensional characters, a mystery with lots
of twists and turns, an interesting setting, and the research always flows
smoothly into the story. It's not just about murder and revenge, it's also
about a woman police chief weighed down by problems in her job and in her
personal life. And I didn't see the final twist coming! All in all-a
great job by a writer to watch." - Rebecca York, New York Times Bestselling Author

About the Author

A Rita Award nominee and Daphne du Maurier Award winner, Ann Voss Peterson has written 25 romantic suspense novels and now writes thrillers on her own and Codename: Chandler spy thrillers with J.A. Konrath. This English-creative writing major worked as a bartender, a horse show groom and a professional window washer before publishing her first novel. She has over three million books in print all over the world. Ann lives in Wisconsin with her family.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1167 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AVP; 2 edition (April 17 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007V98EPG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended Nov. 11 2013
By 3bunnies TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved this book. Fast paced, good plot, believable characters, but a surprisingly easy read. Had me interested and hooked from the beginning. I have read over 100 books this year and this is one of the ones I enjoyed the most. I give it 5 stars not as a masterpiece in fiction, but in that it did what I wanted it to do-entertain me for a few hours.
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4.0 out of 5 stars captivating Jan. 7 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Was a great read good characters and kept you on edge the whole way through would definitely read this author again.glad I can add another author to my many favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story April 28 2012
By Don Cranford - Published on
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I was a bit hesitant to read this as I am not a fan of police procedurals, but it was highly recommended by someone I respect,and surprisingly, this book caught me up in the story immediately. I was immersed right away in the believable events that moved the story along at a pace where I wanted to devour it. The characters and their relationships are awesomely real. I was very impressed with Ms. Peterson's ability to twist and turn the story in a way that made the plot move in unexpected directions and at the same time not to appear intended. I especially liked Val as the chief of police and the human difficulties she faced while trying to balance her life, niece, and a surprise male attraction. I really enjoyed the way Ms. Peterson left the ending (no spoilers here). I read 3-4 novels a week, and I write very few reviews. This book deserves praise. All in all, this is an awesome read and I highly recommend it.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Thriller -- Highly Recommended May 8 2012
By Becca Mills - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Pushed Too Far focuses on Val Ryker, the first female police chief of a small Wisconsin town. As the book opens, Ryker is faced with a cop's nightmare: sudden strong evidence of wrongful conviction in the case that made her reputation. Ryker has to figure out what really happened in that two-year-old case and, even more importantly, what's going on right under her nose. Oh, and the guy she helped put behind bars? Maybe he's innocent, maybe he's not. But one thing's for sure: he's feeling mighty vengeful.

Ann Voss Peterson's new thriller is terrific: intricately yet tightly plotted, economically written, gritty and scary without being grotesque.

Setting is a big strength, here -- the small-town Wisconsin location is fully realized and convincing. Character development is also a strength. Ryker is likable and very human. She feels like a real person, as do the book's other central characters. I loved that about the book. The thriller is, in general, a pretty plot-driven genre, and Peterson gives us plenty of plot. But character gets equal weight in this novel. The results are wonderful. I read it in a single sitting.

Pushed Too Far has a striking, professional cover and is perfectly formatted. The prose is restrained and error-free. Indie publishing at its best: indistinguishable in quality from a traditionally published book, yet much more affordable. And total authorial control over the book's form seems to have allowed for innovation, too, with the table of contents, acknowledgments, and other "front matter" appearing at the end, a choice that maximizes Kindle sample length. Smart!

This unsolicited review is cross-posted from The Active Voice.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book May 8 2012
By Stacy Krueger - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Pushed Too Far was a great book. It was fast-paced with realistic characters and a captivating plot. It didn't lag or get boring and I was always interested to see what happened next. The twist was a surprise to me, yet was believeable. I highly recommend this book.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, quick read May 11 2012
By Adelaide M. Blair - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I needed something light to read, and this book treated me well. I find all of the 5 star reviews confusing though - because it's good, but it's not great. It could have benefited from less plot, more character development, and more nuanced relationships between the characters. But the author has a good grasp of the mechanics of writing, and I was entertained. What more do you want for the price?
28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Far Fetched Aug. 27 2012
By T Reader - Published on
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I am among the few who didn't like the book. And I really wanted to like it, as it held a great deal of promise. But the plot made little sense (why things happened the way they did when they did made no sense). The characters were very flat, hard to like or relate to, and their actions and reactions made little sense. The main character, Val Ryker, police chief of a small Wisconsin town, doesn't act much like a police chief, and throughout the book seems overly preoccupied on how attractive one of the suspects is. Really?

And while there are very good plot twists and turns, the author gets carried away with piling peril on top of peril, making the plot more farcical and unbelievable than suspenseful.

I'd skip this one.
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