Midnight Train to Paris (Episode 3) by Juliette Sobanet 5/5 stars
Publisher: Montlake Romance Length: 31 pages Format: Kindle
*This book is a Kindle serial, which means that each week a new episode will be released until you have a complete book. I’m choosing to review each episode individually.*
Goodreads: When hard-hitting DC reporter Jillian Chambord learns that her twin sister, Isla, has been abducted from a luxury train traveling through the Alps, not even the threat of losing her coveted position at The Washington Daily can stop her from hopping on the next flight to France. Never mind the fact that Samuel Kelly—the sexy former CIA agent who Jillian has sworn off forever—has been assigned as the lead investigator in the case. When Jillian and Samuel arrive in the Alps, they soon learn that their midnight train isn’t leading them to Isla, but has taken them back in time to 1937, to a night when another young woman was abducted from the same Orient Express train. Given a chance to save both women, Jillian and Samuel are unprepared for what they discover on the train that night, for the sparks that fly between them . . . and for what they’ll have to do to keep each other alive. Midnight Train to Paris is a magical and suspenseful exploration of just how far we will go to save the ones we love.
It just keeps getting better. Besides being a pleasurable read for me, this book has also taught me a big writing lesson about pacing and building suspense. I am not so good at pacing and reading Midnight Train to Paris has really helped me better understand how important it is to have a story flow smoothly and keep the reader hanging on week after week.
Things get intense in this episode. This would be the point in a soap opera where the beautiful girl ends up in a coma after a bad accident. Only here we have Jillian discovering a huge secret about her sister and facing down Isla’s crazy ex-fiancé. We are lead through a car chase that left me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I feared for Jillian and the driver who helped her escape throughout chapter eight.
I stayed up way too late the other night reading this episode, but it was totally worth it. This episode ended with a cliffhanger that had me gasping out loud. I won’t spoil the story for those who haven’t read it yet, but it will leave you utterly shocked.
I am also totally rooting for Jillian and Samuel to get back together. She’s realizing that she probably never should have let him go, and there is a moment, as they’re boarding a train, when the need for them to be together is so obvious, you’d have to be blind not to see it. I should also note that we are getting more details about the 1937 crime and how it relates to Isla and Jillian.
I wish I could meet Ms. Sobanet. She is the kind of author I want to be – someone who nails it with every single book. This is the first I’ve read of her, but I will go back and read the rest of her books. It’s obvious she knows Paris quite well and has done her research, making her stories relatable and realistic.
Disclaimer: I purchased this book on my own and all opinions are my own. I will be reviewing each episode as I read them so check back on Wednesday, May 29 for my review of episode 4.