Reeve LeClaire is not a victim. Not any more.
It's been seven years since she escaped from evil psychopath, Daryl Wayne Flint. he held her captive for four of her precious teenage years, and now she's finally getting her life back.
But Flint, imprisoned in a top psychiatric hospital, has been watching and waiting - meticulously planning his getaway. And now his chance has finally come.
His escape is Reeve's worst nightmare. As he persistently evades capture, baffling authorities and leaving a bloody trail through the forests of Washington State, Reeve is hit by a fearful realization: She will have to face her kidnapper one last time.
His perfect crime. His little cricket
When I realised this was book 2 in the series I did stop and start at the first book. As we are mostly aware, the first book in a series is setting out the characters and the settings. But that is not the case with these books. In deed this book can be read as a stand-alone.
In contrast to the first book, this one deals with an evolution of Reeve’s story some many years after her initial abduction and just as she is coming to terms with her life. She had an ongoing interest with psychotherapy and at her psychiatrist’s suggestion is now in college studying the subject officially. Don’t get me wrong she is still flawed and had a hard time trusting people … but she is getting there. The reason Reeve makes such a good advocate for kidnapped people are that she is not only attuned to their horror but also that of the abductor.
Reeve, as well as the other characters, is believable and well crafted. There are elements of Reeve’s character that make the reader want to root for her. However, going forward having such black and white characters could be limiting; the author needs to investigate the grey areas that we all have.
The story of the abductor is faultlessly interwoven with that of Reeve. This book started at a really good pace and did not let up until the end. Not only does this book refer back to Reeve’s kidnapping but it also provides a forward story (both are inter related). Suspense is an integral part of this story and hardly lets up until the final page. And the cliff hanger keeps you rooting for Reeve and invested enough to read the forthcoming books.
If you love psychological thrillers this novel will get you hooked from the first page. There are enough twists and turns to keep you interested until the last page and badgering the author to release the next book sooner rather than later.
Full Disclosure: I received a free copy from Netgalley for an honest review.
I rated this ? stars on Netgalley and 'I liked it' on Goodreads (3 stars) and Amazon (4 stars).