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Terror on the Frozen Seas – Close Reach by @JonMooreFiction #AtoZChallenge #Review

I had something totally different planned today for the #AtoZChallenge but Netgalley approved my request for this Random House upcoming release, I was in a lot of pain last night and could not sleep and then…. BAM I was engrossed till the sun came up.

Close-Reach-buttonDean and Kelly set out on a trip around the world and back facing the seas and all her powers in a 75-foot schooner custom designed by Dean himself. Before the trip the ice was not the only thing which was cracking. The trip was going to either make or break the marriage. Sailing takes being centered and sure of who you are. You cannot second guess yourself and decisions. There is no grey out on the sea unless there is a storm brewing, it is black and white. This book explores the sailor, the person and what happens when…. oh wait.. nope no spoilers here!

Close Reach by Jonathan Moore was mind blowing… I started reading it and didn’t stop till I finished. Thriller…oh heck yes! Suspense.. I held my breath and clenched my jaw.. and horror even, but not of the paranormal kind. It was the kind of horror about the properties of the human mind when faced with a situation you never could truly prepare yourself for. Terror came to everyone in the book, no one was exempt including myself.

Growing up in  family who sailed I really relate  to so much of the descriptions. But even if you are not familiar with the intricacies and the perils of sailing or the aspects of boating the author did an amazing job showing us. You could feel her exhilaration and fear. I remember the first time I was at the helm and lead the boat into the wind and we  heeled so far the water ran over the gunwale. Everything went from calm, to terrifying and straight to the kind of clarity only a good adrenaline rush can give you. The story is a lot like sailing

I can’t speak enough about this book. I feel like I did after  staying up all night reading The Old Man and the Sea. This one is going to stick with me for a while. The length is a snippet. It was a four hour read in one sitting and for myself it was just right!

Not for the faint of heart. Lots of violence and suggested rape (no actual descriptions) which could be triggers, I was not triggered but just to be safe I wanted to mention it.

What books have you read that stick to you and still haunt your dreams?


Terror on the Frozen Seas – Close Reach by @JonMooreFiction #AtoZChallenge #ReviewClose Reach
by Jonathan Moore
Pages: 200
Published by Random House - Hydra
on May 6, 2014
Source & Buy Links: NetGalley
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In a riveting tale of suspense and terror on the high seas, Jonathan Moore pits human beings against nature—and something far deadlier: one another.

Kelly Pratihari-Reid and her husband sail their yacht into Antarctic waters, thinking their gravest concerns will be ice and storms—and their cracked marriage. A British girl shrieking across a short-range VHF frequency ends that illusion. It’s coming, she screams. It saw us and it’s coming back! Her voice is drowned by a tide of signal-jamming static, and Kelly sees a target on the radar screen: A ship is coming for them.
Thus begins an unforgettable cat-and-mouse game across stormy polar seas and dire landfalls. Kelly’s pursuers will test her to the limits of her endurance—and beyond. For the ship in her wake is crewed by pirates, with a young leader trained to use the most sadistic tortures in pursuit of his ultimate objective . . . a goal as shocking as it is horrific


About Jonathan Moore

Terror on the Frozen Seas - Close Reach by @JonMooreFiction #AtoZChallenge #Review

Jonathan Moore is a Bram Stoker Award nominated author of dark thrillers. 

Before graduating from law school in New Orleans, Jonathan lived in Taiwan for three years, guided whitewater raft trips on the Rio Grande, and worked as an investigator for a criminal defense attorney in Washington, D.C. He has also been an English teacher, a bar owner, a counselor at a wilderness camp for juvenile delinquents, and a textbook writer.

Jonathan majored in creative writing at Interlochen Arts Academy, and later attended the (now defunct) New College of California for more of the same. While at New College, he wrote three novels that you will never see. Jonathan and his wife have lived in Honolulu since 2007. He tries to split his time between his sailboat and his back porch.

Jonathan’s debut novel, Redheads, was published in November 2013. He wrote Redheads largely aboard his ‘classic’ 1970 Tartan sailboat, and he would like to thank his diesel engine for being so uncooperative that between 2009 and 2011, he did more writing than sailing.


  1. Great book suggestion. Summer reading on the porch is getting closer 🙂

  2. Looks like a good read. Thanks for sharing! Good luck with the rest of AtoZ!

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