When it comes to delivering amazing tales of edge-of-your-seat suspense, team Johansen and Johansen have proven they are unbeatable! Kendra Michaels is an exceptionally compelling protagonist, whose life experience has made her powers of observation unmatched. This fact makes her uniquely qualified to assist law enforcement in the most complex cases. Blunt by nature, Kendra doesn’t suffer fools gladly, but over the course of these books she has gotten better at interpersonal relationships. The most intriguing relationship Kendra has is with enigmatic agent-for-hire Adam Lynch, and this book takes that connection into a whole new phase. Like always the action is intense and the suspense spine chilling, but Kendra is up against a killer who hides behind layers of protection. Get the snacks ready and keep the lights on, for this book will keep you hanging on until the last word!

The murder of a paralegal just blocks from Kendra’s condo is the first indicator she has of how dangerous the case she is about to be drawn into is. It turns out Elena Meyer was carrying an envelope with Kendra’s name and address on it, as well as a flash drive. Weirdly the flash drive only contains film footage of a wedding reception, and Kendra doesn’t recognize anyone in the footage. But before Kendra, Lynch and the FBI have time to really start digging, the bride in the video is kidnapped from her home. With little to go on, Kendra and Lynch start trying to glean clues from the video and Elena’s life. One thread leads them to a private security company with major government contacts. The company has been wanting to hire Lynch for a very long time, but after Kendra and Lynch visit their compound, they nearly have a fatal accident. Then the kidnapped bride’s body is returned and another member of the wedding party is kidnapped. Frighteningly it appears they are dealing with a vicious and clever killer whose nightmarish plan is just getting started. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jul., 336 pp., $28.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith