Proving once again that she’s the queen of suspense, Brown keeps readers turning pages with her trademark cliff-hanger chapter endings and intriguing characters. The characters are easy to both love and hate, as she adds so many dimensions that they become almost like a reader’s own family.
Dawson Scott, a journalist just back from Afghanistan, is privately suffering from PTSD. When he gets a call from an FBI source about new developments in a story that began 40 years ago, he realizes this could be the story of his career. Before he knows it, he’s in Georgia, covering the disappearance and presumed murder of former marine Jeremy Wesson, the biological son of two of the FBI’s still most-wanted terrorists. But as Dawson delves deeper into the story he also develops unexpected attachments to Wesson’s ex-wife Amelia and her two sons. And when the nanny winds up dead, the story, and the case, takes an unexpected turn. (GRAND CENTRAL, Oct., 410 pp., $26.00)