Adeena Minor’s world is turned upside down after her mother is killed in a school shooting. Having her face plastered all over the news triggers a series of events connected to her birth, and to the ego and ambition of a family used to getting their own way. Sal is a shady computer expert whose skills and connections are critical in solving the mystery of just who Adeena really is.
Dillon Watson has created a complex and absorbing thriller, with a touch of romance on the side. At times the relationships and who is who are extremely confusing at the beginning, but stick with it, most of it becomes clear as the story unfolds.
Adeena is an excellent MC, witty, sarcastic and intelligent with enough sass to overcome the often-scary situations she is thrust into. Sal is a wonderful creation – a complex back history, a shady past and a very useful but clearly dodgy set of connections. The pair make a formidable team with ideas and emotions bouncing between them.
The plot is extremely intricate, and the flashback at the start takes a lot of resolving, although we do finally get all the pieces in place. It’s a page-turner that drags you through the complexities with enough detail to just about keep you in the picture. The romance is very much second fiddle to the mystery thriller, it adds an element of sexual energy without becoming the focus.
There were places that I felt could have been tightened up, occasions where the repetition of names became aggravating, but overall the force of the plot and characters overcame shortfalls in the editing.
A thoroughly enjoyable and fast paced read, will definitely be looking for more from this author.
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