The Offering by Desirée Bombenon

Jake’s got a winning smile and a head for business strategy. His wife, Amanda, has a wickedly quick wit and a sick sixth sense. They may look like the perfect picture of a power couple, but when Jake and Amanda hang up their BlackBerries for a week of R & R in Hawaii, they never expect to need an arsenal of firearms, knives, and climbing gear to finish out their trip’s adventures.

As the couple clinks glasses on a breezy lanai overlooking the Pacific, terror is brewing across the island. High in the steep jungle mountains, the Bannons’ friends from back home in Canada, coincidentally vacationing on the same island, have crossed paths with a fate worse than their worst nightmares. Depressed since her parents’ divorce, teen Taylor Wright met a fellow brooding soul online, Carlos, and agreed to arrange a meeting with him during her family’s Hawaiian vacation. Now the family has vanished and, unbeknownst to her parents, Taylor has become the key to Carlos’s spiritual elevation, his offering to the gods who he believes will lift him beyond the abuse and abandonment life has dealt him. And her mother and stepfather? Collateral damage.

When Jake and Amanda get an alarming call from Taylor’s father, they’re on the case. From shootouts to death-defying vertical climbs, the Bannons embark on a rescue mission to find Taylor and reveal the dark motives of Carlos and his voodoo cult.


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I liked the premise of the book and the story, but it felt like I had been dumped into the middle of a series and was having to catch up on characters and past storylines. It was a decent book overall, but the plot had quite a few holes in it.

Author: Barb

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