Hazel Moran is only twenty years old, two weeks shy of her twenty-first birthday when she takes a long drive off of a short pier with her car. She tells her dad that someone was trying to kill her, but he tells her to stop lying; quit being so melodramatic.
So when a man in the shadows attacks Hazel while she is in her bunk on their schooner, she uses her sewing shears to protect herself. She wants to tell her dad she told him so, but is too traumatized to do so. Her dad takes care of the body in the hold, and that's that.
But it's only the beginning. Someone wants her cousin Micah in a bad way and will stop at nothing that heeds their way. If it's Hazel and her family, so be it. Hazel spends ten harrowing days dodging whoever wants her dead, but she can't figure out the who and they why.
Just when you think you figure out who you can trust and what's really happening, the story twists, reverses, and turns and you still don't know. Hazel is a solid and likable character, with her own strengths and weaknesses that lend credence to the story. A heart-thumping, thrilling page turner that will keep you guessing, Last Exit to New Jersey is a deftly blended thriller.