Book Review & Giveaway: Driven by Kerena Swan

Every mother’s worst nightmare
It was only for a couple of minutes, while dropping Noah off at nursery. Little did Melanie realise that leaving her sleeping son in the car would end up being the biggest regret of her life.

A teenage challenge turns sour
For teenager Woody, stealing cars with his new friend helps alleviate the tedium of a life of poverty and boredom. This isn’t what he wants to do with his life but for now, he feels accepted. Except on this occasion, his actions have consequences that could change his life forever. Is it too late to turn his life around?

How far would you go to save those you love?
While DI Paton is on the case of the missing child, he is quickly drawn into a web of deception that hits dangerously close to home. He soon finds himself torn in two, not knowing which way to turn: save his career or his family? Will he be able to crack the case before he himself cracks?

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Driven starts with two teens, Roach and Woody, stealing a car with 2-year-old Louie sleeping in the backseat. They have no idea Louie is there until they are out of town. To Woody’s horror, Roach stops the car in the middle of nowhere and leaves Louie on the side of the road!

This is the first case that DI Paton gets to take the lead on. He’s sure is ready but is now the right time with his wife out of town and his son’s school closed for the week? As he takes on more and more, he (and I) wonders if he’s going to make it through this stressful time.

The characters are well developed, and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for most of them. I already addressed DI Paton. Louie’s parents are, of course, beside themselves with worry, and his mom feels enormous guilt because she’d left her keys in the car. Woody isn’t a bad person but gets in with the wrong crowd and wants out. Those are just examples of the poor characters I felt bad for. There are several more!

It was difficult to put Driven down at times. I had to find out what happened to Louie and then to DI Paton’s son, Tommy. There are some twists along the way that kept me turning the pages. This is definitely a book you’ll want to read if you enjoy suspenseful detective mysteries. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

About the Author

We are thrilled to be introducing DI Dave Paton and his son Tommy, the stars of the first novel in Kerena Swan’s new series, to the world. Before coming to Hobeck, Kerena had published three novels, Dying To See YouScared to Breathe and Who’s There? and has built a solid fan base around her writing career thus far. She is a juggler extraordinaire: driving forward a successful care business she runs with her husband yet finding time to write. She loves to write, here and there and everywhere when she’s not working. We don’t know how she does it but we are glad that she does! Kerena talks about her writing, her influences and how she came to Hobeck in this video.

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