Review: White Out by Danielle Girard

Title: White Out
Author: Danielle Girard
Series: Badlands Thriller, #1
Published: August 2020, Thomas & Mercer
Format: ARC Paperback, 364 pages
Source: Author

Summary: 
After surviving a car
accident on an icy road in Hagen, North Dakota, Lily Baker regains
consciousness with no idea where or who she is. Scattered Bible verses
and the image of a man lying in a pool of blood haunt her memory.

The
same night of the accident, a young woman is murdered and tossed in a
dumpster. Kylie Milliard, Hagen’s only detective, doesn’t immediately
recognize the victim, but Kylie soon discovers that Lily and the dead
woman share a dark past…if only Lily could remember what it was.

Lily
and Kylie both want answers. But Kylie has to play by the book. Lily
has to play it safe. And the more Lily learns about her identity, the
more she fears the truth.

My thoughts: This is the first book I’ve read by Danielle Girard and the first book in her newest series. As you all know I love series and am so glad to not only have found a new one to read but have also discovered a new author on top of it!


I love books that deal with amnesia – there is just something intriguing to me when you have that concept of forgotten memory.  Add in a car accident, a murder, some cultish goings-on and small town politics and I am all in! 


This book starts with a bang and never lets up. There are strong female characters that I felt I wanted to learn more about as well as a host of other intriguing characters. The twists and turns really kept me glued to this book and I had no idea where things were headed – this was one complex, complicated mystery that didn’t let up until the very end. 

I liked that not only does Lily seem to have memory issues, but Iver, who owns the bar where a body was found, does too and his memory issues might not be just due to his drinking. There were definitely some sinister things afoot here.


I cannot wait to see where this series goes next…and while I wait, I will definitely be checking out this author’s backlist. Have you read any of her other books?




Books in this series: 

  1. White Out
  2. Far Gone – due out July 2021

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