Gasp-inducing plot twists and intricate storylines mark another outstanding thriller from powerhouse Slaughter. As usual, she pulls no punches with her characters, battering them with brutal action, especially poor Lena. There’s a long-anticipated face-off between Sara and Lena this time, and it’s electrifying and admirably balanced, highlighting the good and bad in both strong women.
While Will Trent is undercover in Macon to bust a huge drug ring, his path crosses once more with Detective Lena Adams. Trouble has found Lena again, despite her now living a more settled life with her husband Jared. First her raid on a drug den is too late, and then a savage attack in her own home leaves Jared near death and Will keeping secrets from the love of his life, Sara. Sara still holds Lena responsible for the death of her husband, Jeffrey, who was Lena’s boss and Jared’s father. The secrets and lies mount, leading to heart-pounding and dangerous showdowns. (DELACORTE, Jul., 400 pp., $27.00)