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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Ready or Not is a chilling contemporary tale by AB Plum, described by the author as ‘A Twisted Psychological Thriller’. Written for mature audiences, the heroine of our tale is highly successful cyber sleuth Karen Sullivan, who makes short work of searching for dirt on both employers and employees for a pretty penny. She occasionally brushes the line of the law for the sake of her ailing father who is eighty-seven and requires assisted living. At thirty-seven, life is not what she’d hoped, but when a terrifying phone call recounts the awful traumas of her childhood, Karen’s life is thrown into turmoil. With the looming threat of harming those she loves, Karen must figure out who is terrorizing her before her very life is taken away.
I rocketed through this book at a breakneck pace just to find out what happens next, and I have to say author AB Plum does not disappoint with the twists and turns of Karen’s terrifying tale. There are certainly trigger warnings to be made regarding rape and sexual abuse, because the trauma that the creepy caller puts Karen through is realistically written and sometimes heart-wrenching to read, but if you can stand the nature of the topic then the thriller and the unravelling of the plot are well worth the journey. Plum writes with conviction and real humanity, unveiling both the best and worst of us as human beings. Overall, I’d certainly recommend Ready or Not to brave readers searching for a truly terrifying thriller.