Danger is all around her…
What should have been a routine investigation for FBI profiler Evelyn Baine turns ominous when she's kidnapped by a dangerous cult of survivalists. As her worst nightmares become a reality, she begins to question what she's seeing. Because the longer she's inside their compound, the more she realizes this group is not what it seems to be.
The next terrorist threat is right beside her…
As the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team closes in, Evelyn suspects she's stumbled onto an emerging terrorist threat—and a cult leader who has a score to settle with the FBI. If Hostage Rescue breaches the compound, Evelyn's dead for sure. If they don't, the cult may unleash a surprise attack that could leave the whole country shattered.
I've really looked forward to the opportunity to read a book by this author, and was very pleased, when Harlequin sent a copy of it to me via NetGalley. Even though this is a book three in a series, it didn't take away from the story, that is easy to be read as a standalone book.
The story is a fascinating look into the professional life of the FBI profiler. In a rather dark and sinister tone, the world of no mercy, constantly overworked agents are trying to live without any human errors, that could put others in danger, and avoid any feelings that would prove them to be vulnerable.
Almost in a documentary style written tale, that has great attention to even the smallest details, and seems very lifelike, the agents seek after clues, come up with theories, and test their likelihood.
The action in the story is sparse, as theory, tips, proof is sought by investigation into the past. The dialog is scarce, as well, and very much focused only on the task at hand. The case under investigation comes too close to home several times with the different alphabet soup agencies on the task force, yet these cold professionals are able to close their emotions deep inside of them. The thought-provoking possibilities of the terrorist attacks are chilling, and possibility of one of their own being involved, horrifying.
The story proceeds and flow in a good speed. There are twists in the plot, events that are unexpected, and gripping. As the story is so detailed and true to life like in its telling, I was surprised couple times by a plot twist, that, to me, seemed an unlikely event. But I will save you from any spoilers.
Overall, I found the case the FBI was working on, fascinating and was absorbed in it. I usually like a little more personal life and emotions inserted into the story as well, not just suspense, as this one is, maybe more emotion could have brought more intensity to the tale as well. Evelyn is at a crossroads in her life, and she has a colleague, she has deeper feelings towards, but those points are more of a side note in the story.
A scarp, analytical, and eerie story of the reality we seem to live in these days
~ Four Spoons
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me