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Laura Pace is a woman on the run—struggling to reconstruct her past, to rebuild her memories, to retrace her steps... and to identify the people who tried to erase her from existence.Everglade City, Florida, March 2015. It’s been two months since Lisa Green crawled barefoot and bleeding out of a terrible car accident with three important questions: Where am I?... How did ILaura Pace is a woman on the run—struggling to reconstruct her past, to rebuild her memories, to retrace her steps... and to identify the people who tried to erase her from existence.Everglade City, Florida, March 2015. It’s been two months since Lisa Green crawled barefoot and bleeding out of a terrible car accident with three important questions: Where am I?... How did I get here?... and most importantly… Who am I? Her boyfriend Roland has been nursing her back to health under close watch. Lisa has amnesia. They both know that, but only Lisa knows that she hasn’t lost her ability to reason. And reason tells her that she is not Roland’s girlfriend. She is his prisoner. Gradually, Lisa remembers training and skills that she didn’t know she had and is able to make her escape. When a sheriff’s deputy finds her, she tells him she wants to report a missing person: herself.What follows is a high-octane international chase, which involves US Border Control, the Sicilian mafia, and a shadowy organization specializing in trafficking infants taken from Syrian refugees and made available for adoption to wealthy American couples. Lisa, whose real name is Laura Pace, must figure out who she can trust and how to stay alive......

Title : Killing Pace
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ISBN : 9781250120557
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Killing Pace Reviews

  • Patricia
    2019-06-04 00:11

    3.5 stars

  • Laura Gelinas
    2019-06-01 02:35

    “Never trust a coincidence,” her grandmother had always lectured, “Look behind it.”Chosen as the book club pick at my local library, it was the first book by autho Douglas Shofield that I’d read. Likes about this book, was that it was fast paced, started out really good when a woman mysteriously awakened in pain. Barefoot and running on crushed rocks. I enjoyed this aspect of trying to piece together the different women and their stories throughout.Dislikes: I didn’t feel like the story flowed well. Too many undeveloped characters and plots to tie together. Too much time spent on the ins and outs of the organizations rather than enjoying the plots that had already been introduced. Overall a meh type straight down the middle rating of 3 stars. Not terrible, not the best ever, but enough that I would enjoy reading another book by this author.(Also making this the ATY Book Club pick for the prompt “Earth setting” from Goodreads Around the Year in 52 Weeks.)

  • Judy Collins
    2019-05-26 06:36

    Review to follow.

  • Analicia
    2019-05-24 02:29

    Lots of twists and turns, but the story was a little jumbled and confusing at times. It didn't flow as well as I'd like. The ending was choppy and fast, but the overall story I liked.

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-26 08:35

    Back in 2015, I read and reviewed Time of Departure by Douglas Schofield, so when (thanks to St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books and NetGalley) I had the opportunity to read Schofield’s new novel, Killing Pace, in return for my honest review, I leapt at it.Like Time of Departure, Killing Pace also features a female protagonist facing some crime-related challenges. Time of Departure was set in Florida, and while Killing Pace begins in Florida, it then moves back and forth between Sicily and Florida.The first chapter is straightforward, and provided me with a good hook, as it described a woman named Lisa Green crawling bleeding and barefoot out of a car accident, completely confused. Not only does she not know where she is or how she got there, she doesn’t even remember who she is. In the next chapter, the woman begins to regain memory with flashes of remembrance related to Flight 103 (crashed over Lockerbie, Scotland), conversations with an older woman, and eating Nutella. She beats the crap out of the man who had been holding her captive and reports herself missing to the police. The next section, titled Sarah, describes the activities of a female Customs and Border Protection Office named Sarah Lockhart, and just as I was wondering if she was the woman in the car accident (despite the different name), the next section was back to Lisa. Because my reading was interrupted by a couple of weeks of personal chaos, I was a bit disoriented by the shifts among Lisa, Sarah, and yet another female character, Laura Pace – but in looking back over the book, I realize this was just me – Schofield did a great job weaving the sections together, and it all made sense.The story becomes an international chase, involving not just Sarah’s efforts in Italy and Miami on behalf of the US Border Control, but expanding to include the Sicilian mafia, human trafficking (infants taken from Syrian refugees and made available for adoption to wealthy American couples, also known as “baby laundering”), and smuggling. There is also a tiny bit of romantic interest, which I would expect will be explored in the next Laura Pace novel (and I hope there will be one!). And I JUST realized the title is a play on words -- DUH!!There are several issues explored, including questions of trust, ethical behavior of government officials, and loyalty. Like Time of Departure, this novel requires some willing suspension of disbelief, but I read with the attitude of “just go along for the ride,” and I am glad I did. Following the two-week hiatus between when I started this book and yesterday when I picked it up again, I was hooked and spent the majority of the day yesterday reading it. I love mystery-thrillers than take over my whole day, and give this one four stars. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Schofield, whose experience as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney contributes to his ability to tell a story that hooks the reader.

  • Jeanie
    2019-05-20 05:14

    As young as she was, she had already learned one of life's most bitter and important lessons: that law and justice can be diametrically opposed. Long before she joined the brigade, she had seen her enemy up close. She had seen them for what they were- cruel men claiming "lawful" orders. Monsters who did what they were commanded to do, ruthlessly and meticulously, and took deep satisfaction in their evil. In fighting against men like this, she had chosen justice over law. That was all she needed. I loved how this book read, a strong woman Laura Pace who had a strong tie to her Nonna who taught her many life lessons who lived thru the atrocious of World War II, her grandmother warned her never to trust coincidences and never forget the treachery of human beings. As an customs agent working in Italy, she comes across a crime that plays against the refugees of Syria. A crime that becomes so personal that her life becomes in danger. This story reminded me of a female version of Jason Bourne. Laura is intuitive and knows to solve this crime and bring it to justice she must go rogue. There are twists and turns and with the beginning that starts with the intensity that stays all the way to the end. A woman who has survived a deadly car accident that can't remember who she is and why she was there to a woman who never gives up. With many characters and going back in forth in time, it all comes together with clarity as you catch up.A Special Thank You to St. Martins Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

  • Amber
    2019-06-13 07:15

    If you’re looking for a fast-paced, action-packed legal thriller/mystery of sorts, this is the book for you. The story starts in the middle of chaos, giving you a glimpse of what’s to come, and it just keeps growing from there. It might feel a bit choppy at first, but keep going. Everything is related and each time a new connection is revealed, the excitement increases a notch or two.There’s a historical aspect to Laura’s part of the story involving her grandmother. I really appreciated this sidebar because it added to Laura’s character, making her feel more human, more vulnerable, despite all of her hard edges. The fact that she was such a tough character, someone who wasn’t backing down in the face of danger and wasn’t letting anyone talk her out of taking down the bad guys, also really enhanced this story for me. As a reader who finds her strongest connection to a story in the characters, it really helped me immerse myself into a genre I don’t normally gravitate toward.Overall, it was a very solid read. I’ll be interested to see if Schofield turns this into a series.

  • Sharon
    2019-05-24 05:25

    St. Martin's Press and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Killing Pace. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.Killing Pace starts slowly, but gains a thrilling pace towards the middle of the book. Involving criminal enterprises that reach from Miami to Italy, it is a story of a young woman's desire to do her job to the best of her abilities. When she uncovers a deplorable human trafficking ring involving babies, will Laura find herself trusting the wrong people to aid her in capturing the perpetrators?The beginning of Killing Pace is so slow that I contemplated not finishing the book. I was glad that I stuck with it, as the latter half of the book is quite good. Although I did figure out some of what transpired, there were some surprises during the reveal. I was not a fan of the constant flashbacks, as they make the story disjointed to a large extent. Laura Pace is an interesting main character, though, and I would be interested in reading more about her in the future.

  • Jane
    2019-06-13 07:24

    2.5 stars I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The book opens with a woman (Laura Pace) that has amnesia and is being held captive by a man that claims to be her boyfriend. She eventually regains her memories and escapes her captor, only to discover she is a wanted fugitive that has been set up for a double homicide. Laura goes on the run to clear her name and solve the international mystery that started her problems in the first place. The story includes stolen babies from Syrian refugees, rich families trying to adopt babies, international smuggling, the Mafia, the U.N., U.S. Border Control and the Justice Department. HUH? Just.Too.Much. Rather than letting the story develop and add a few twists and turns, the author crammed too many elements, concepts and side stories into the book. The result is a rambling story that I lost interest in half way through. I'm not sure if it was the writing style or the frantic pace of the book, but I just found it annoying. Plus, the main story simply didn't interest me.

  • Jen
    2019-06-10 03:31

    "Killing Pace" requires its readers to pay attention. There's a lot of detail in this book, and some of it occasionally feels overwrought even though it comes together in the end. One of my favourite elements of the book is the strong female characters. There isn't a wallflower among them. I had a couple of issues with the book, mainly that there's never any explanation for Laura's infamous history and that the heroine is almost too good to be true (very much like a Jason Bourne but she has more of a superwoman quality). All in all, a good book for readers looking for some action-adventure with a bit of intrigue and espionage.

  • Steve
    2019-05-20 01:21

    Wow! What a book. Yes, Killing Pace is a mystery, but it is also a twisty, involving action/suspense novel. And for once, the hero is a strong and more-than-capable woman. When you start Killing Pace, make sure that you have nothing else on your calendar. Then be prepared for a gut - wrenching adventure dealing with stolen kids, the Mafia, and the U.S. Justice Department. The question is, who can our hero trust? And the answer lies between the pages of Killing Pace, a snaking and thrilling novel by a talented writer.

  • Devon
    2019-06-16 06:17

    Killing Pace is coded as a mystery, but it is so much more!! Douglas Schofield has given us a kick ass female lead, surrounded her with intriguing friends and foes, and set them all off into the international world of trafficking infants stolen from Syrian refugees. She dodges US Border Control, the Sicilian Mafia,and shadowy elements to figure out who she can trust and how to keep herself alive. This is a book, that once started, will keep you reading into the night. It is coming out in Hardcover November,2017 and should be a must read for Christmas!!

  • LInda L
    2019-05-24 05:37

    This book had too much of everything. The main character changed her identity more often than most of us change TV channels. It was as if the author was trying to get everything he could think of into one book: baby laundering, the mafia, refugees, smuggling -- there was no end to the crimes committed within these pages. I struggled through it, but the last 150 pages was tough sledding. I SO looked forward to the final gasp. No more Schofield for me!!

  • Dawn
    2019-05-22 01:26

    Wow !! What a thrilling book. So much suspense!! I was captivated from the very first chapter when Laura/Sarah was kidnapped and got away from her derelict perverted kidnapper. This book took you on so many ups and downs and you kept you suspicious of every person in this book. I loved it! Perfect suspenseful read that kept you on the edge of you seat!!!!!

  • Kathleen Eigenbrode
    2019-06-05 01:36

    My first book by Douglas Schofield. Happy to have another author to look for.

  • julie
    2019-05-25 04:32

    the beginning of the book was really interesting and then i got confused between the two "people". To be honest... the first part sounded better than the second one and i kept hoping that i would go back to the first story line. It was well written but i found there was a lot of "police characters" and different names and got a bit confused (that might just be me thought). Her memory did not come back gradually i found.. one minute she is doing something then BAM... she remembers everything and has no issues doing all the things that she used to do (work wise).

  • Madelynn
    2019-06-15 06:34


  • Necole Bartley
    2019-06-13 01:26

    This was a Goodreads giveaway win!The book started off really good then got confusing then got good again. The book summary on the jacket was a good description.It was hard to follow at times because of the character having two names and two perspectives and the places the story took place in.Killing Pace definitely had a great and unique plot but got slow in certain times in the book.I am sending around on a facebook book club I am on so others can read and review it as well.