After reading only a few pages, you’ll know that you’re in for a good, well-written story in Ewan’s stand-alone. A departure from his Good Thief’s Guide series, this is more threatening and suspenseful. Ewan is as comfortable and adept with this new style as he is with the lighter, comic style of his series.
Rob Hale wakes up in the hospital following a crash on his motorbike with a broken shoulder, bruised ribs and head trauma. He asks about Lena, the girl who was riding with him. At the scene, the paramedic told him Lena was hurt worse, and he saw the ambulance carrying her drive off as he waited for the second ambulance. But now, everyone tells him he was the only victim; there was only one ambulance. Is his memory correct, or is his damaged brain fooling him? Does Lena exist? Determined to discover the truth, his search lures him to secrets and dangers he can’t foresee. (MINOTAUR, Dec., 448 pp., $25.99)