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Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite
Doubtful by Ann Warner is a dramatic tale of survival for the two strong main characters, David Christiansen and Dr. Van Peters, who meet in the small town of Doubtful. Doubtful is a retreat for Van, whereas it is anything but for David: he is bored and dreads spending any length of time there. Van is working on a scientific project, endeavoring to rebuild her career after a devastating accusation from peers destroyed everything she had worked for. David needs time out from the loss of his wife. Her death caused him to unravel emotionally and his attitude has developed an edge much too sharp for a good journalist. Neither Van nor David is looking for a relationship, or romance. Each one contends with their individual challenges and would prefer isolation by choice, but when violence comes to Doubtful, Van and David must put aside their differences and their dislike of one another if they are to survive. They become the targets of a kidnapper, being cast into isolation with only meagre essentials with which to survive.
How they cope with the ensuing dramatic turn of events makes compelling, entertaining reading. As the story progresses, their dependence on each other is critical if they are to survive the ordeal. How they deal with the irritable behavior of the other is as entertaining as the story. Good reading with strong main characters and an unusual, yet easy to follow plot, make this a book that is hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed it.