Lyons dives deep into the human soul with her latest. Scars both physical and mental overwhelm the reader, and the end result is a grim but rewarding experience. Her three-dimensional characters resonate with the reader long after the final page. The brutal honesty and violence shocks at times, but it’s a necessary journey to the amazing resolution.
Caitlyn Tierney has seen her share of bad breaks through her history with the FBI. Her childhood consisted of her father killing himself, and her dad’s best friend, the man she considered a second father, was arrested for murder. It’s been almost 25 years, and he asks to see her. He wants her to protect his missing daughter. When two men in the jail kill him right in front of her eyes, she feels a responsibility to find his daughter, and there is a nagging doubt in the back of her mind that he may have been falsely accused. (ST. MARTIN’S, Mar., 368 pp., $7.99)