I just love Jack Kerley's series of books featuring Carson Ryder and his partner, Harry Nautilus - as you will note from my previous reviews of each of his books.
If I'm to be picky, this isn't the best but it's way ahead of comparable storytellers currently available - with the possible exception of Chelsea Cain.
In this book, our two heroes are not quite as much to the forefront of the investigation into who is killing off an increasing number of young females. Into the picture comes the niece of Nautilus who seems just as adept at getting into and then out of trouble as her uncle Harry.
The story centres around an undercover group of women who help abused fellow women disappear into a new life. Unfortunately, someone has infiltrated their organisation and is picking off some of the females. It's up this trio (now) to solve the problem but not before the author keeps us guessing as to who and why.
I said it wasn't the best because there is, for me, just a little too much centred on the abused women and their personal situations. This is never a happy subject but these pages tend to slow the investigation which, up until this book, always had a risk factor involved for Carson and/or Harry. Here, that bite has gone. Centre stage in this regard moves to Reinetta Early (the niece) who takes on the role of an endangered species. I suspect she will be back more strongly in later books which, since she seems like a capable women in dire cicumstances, is no bad thing.
New readers will not be put out, as very little of past histories is brought into this story. But, if you are a new reader, please go back to book one and start from the beginning. They're each great crime thrillers, piling on the 'edge of the seat' factor in spades.
If you're a regular, like me, it's another gripping story but don't expect too much from the old diehards of past books. Just enjoy a slightly different viewpoint.