After losing her parents and her sister, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Now, life is finally starting to feel normal again--until an envelope addressed in her sister's handwriting arrives in the mail. And the note inside claims she is still alive.
FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case . . . but he's coming up with more questions than answers. Is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game--or the target of a sinister plot? As Lance digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: someone in the shadows has a deadly agenda.
Bestselling author and three-time RITA Award winner Irene Hannon pulls out all the stops in this high-stakes thriller that races to a bone-chilling finish.
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This book grabbed my attention from chapter one! Mystery being my favorite genre of reading. The only pitfall, is that I am then pressed to choose between reading and taking care of other responsibilities. And when the book is hard to put down, it makes it even more difficult. But I managed to get my work done and still finished within a couple of days.
Christy, a world renown figure skater who came close to entering the Olympics, is now facing the most challenging experience in her life. Her sister's home burnt only two months ago, yet she just received a note claiming her sister was not in it. If the note is not a cruel trick, then could her sister still be alive? And who is the person that was found in the home? In spite of the kidnappers warnings not to go to police, Christy's courage wins out and she contacts FBI.
Special Agent Lance McGregor, FBI Rookie, now has his very own case to tackle. As he digs in, things get more complicated the further he goes. Christy has been through alot in the past year, and how much of it is related to the note and the kidnapper? Will he be able to discover the answers before it's too late for Christy?
The suspense in this book is riveting and will keep you up all night, or on the edge of your seat daytime, depending on whether you want to suffer nightmares. The villain is a mite creepy, a complete psychopath. But the thing that really grabbed me about him was that it would be possible for any individual to become such a villain. That is a bit frightening. He allowed the sins of pride, entitlement and self-centeredness to take control in such a way that he felt like people owed him and were responsible for his happiness. In turn he then chose to assume God's position in dealing out revenge. Yikes!
Christy's faith is amazing and she holds onto it throughout the entire book. She also impacts Agent McGregor with her faith and encourages him to re-connect with God. He himself had been through some tough life experiences being in the Special Forces, and after a life-changing occurrence, had struggled with his faith.
There are so many additional characters in this book that will capture your heart. The villains grandmother for one - is an amazing woman, and I really liked the audacity Irene supplies her with. You will also meet some fearless men, who work with McGregor and those who are a part of his family. Irene also slightly touches on PTSD which could easily have been suffered by several characters in this book because of the circumstances they faced.
Overall, I highly recommend this book just maybe not at bedtime. It is fast paced and exciting! I did not read the first book in this series, so I can vouch that this is certainly a stand-alone, but it has also peaked my curiosity and I would like to read it.
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