High school student Aaron Stevens accidentally stumbles upon the hiding spot of five million dollars, money recently stolen from the Pineville bank. Whilst in hiding, he becomes an eyewitness to the murder of one of the robbers, and finds the money in the process. After a daring escape in which one of his friends is fatally shot, Aaron takes the money to the closest place he can think of - his own high school.

He tells his tale to the Sheriff and his deputy, both of them are less than eager to believe his story, especially when they can find neither of the bodies Aaron claims to know about, nor can Aaron lead them to the place where he stashed the backpack full of money he had brought back with him.

In fact, it seems the only person that does believe him is is drama teacher Amanda, but will she help him or hurt him when the mastermind behind the robberies shows up at the school and puts them both on lock-down?

My Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

The Pineville Heist is an fast-paced, action-packed thriller that keeps the reader glued to the pages until the very end. It has all the elements a good suspense novel should have: A bank robbery gone wrong, teenagers who are unable to mind their own business, a hero and a villain (or in this case a group of villains), and enough unexpected plot twists to keep the story moving in new, and unexpected ways.

During the course of the story, Aaron unquestionably transforms before your eyes from an unpopular, normal teenage boy into an adult and a hero overnight. He has to face some pretty scary (and not to mention deadly) scenarios, and fight to keep not only himself, but his teacher alive as they navigate the school, trying to evade a madman hell bent on getting his money, and tying up loose ends.

I was pulled into the story the first chapter, and was unable to put it down until I had finished. I didn't want to wait another minute to find out what happened to Aaron and Amanda. Would they survive? Who was behind the heist? Who could be trusted? All of these questions (and more) are answered as the story concludes in a completely unexpected ending that is sure to leave readers guessing (and surprised), right up until the very end.

Due to the graphic nature of this story, I would suggest it not be read by anyone with a weak stomach, who gets squeamish over the mention of blood and guts, and by anyone who is under the age of 13.

         The Pineville Heist  is available for purchase from Amazon.com by clicking HERE.

DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced copy of The Pineville Heist in exchange for my honest review. This has not reflected on my review in any way.

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