This is the 5th book in Brian Freemans Stride & Serena series, and personally I found it to be the most exciting yet. Kasey is a small town cop, working hard to support her out of work husband and young child. She is driving home one night when she unwittingly stumbles across the latest victim of the North lands killer who has been the subject of a statewide search by local police, headed by veteran cop Maggie Bei. Soon enough Kasey finds herself straight in the middle of the investigation, and it's soon clear that the killer has his sights set on her.
Meanwhile Stride is recouperating after his fall from a bridge in the last book;The Watcher
in his remote house on the lake. Unfortunately he's not coping well and is also growing distant from long term girlfriend, and fellow cop, Serena Dial. One night Stride & Dial are confronted by a fellow officer in need of help. An infant has gone missing from the large house of a wealthy surgeon and the twosomes expertise is needed on the case. While Stride struggles to decide wether he is ready to get back on the force, Serena jumps straight in, embracing a new challenge that doesnt involve her relationship.
This book is frighteningly fast paced. I read it in two days and I simply couldn't put it down, even turning up for work a few minutes late just so i could finish a chapter. The regular characters that we have been following for quite a few years now are finally all coming to the forefront, meaning it's no longer just a Jonathan Stride book. We get to indulge in the lives of both Serena and Maggie also, including a cast of beautifully portrayed secondary characters. The only thing letting this one down is the fact that I think the storyline itself could have done with a bit more tightening up, but thats really the only fault I could find. A full throttle juggernaut of a thriller, can easily be read by itself as well as part of the series.