Published 12 February by Simon & Schuster Ltd, £3.99 (ebook price)
Tag-words: Thriller, fast-paced action, young romance, NA + YA.
Perfect for?: Anytime anywhere.
Steam?: Hot tension, but not graphic.
Plot: Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings. There was only one survivor – fifteen year-old Nic Preston. Now eighteen, Nic is trying hard to rebuild her life. But then one night her high-security apartment is broken into. It seems the killers are back to finish the job. Finn Carter – hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s murderers walked free. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best chance of staying alive is by staying close to Finn. And the closer they get to the truth, and to each other, the greater the danger becomes.
Working down my reading list, I have finally been able to read this book. And it was well worth the wait.
As I have said in my first ever review on this blog, Sarah Alderson is a fantastic story teller. Fans like me who have latched on after Come Back To Me (under the pen name Mila Gray), will not be disappointed. I would stress that this is not heavy on romance. It is an action-packed thriller with plenty of suspense and surprising revelations. For someone who is not so keen on thrillers and violence, I was definitely hooked on the plot. It got to the point where I had to stop myself from reading because I didn’t want to finish it too soon! The adrenaline was constantly pumping.
This book had the same alternating chapters as Come Back To Me, giving us a deep insight into both the protagonists. Again, Sarah produces great characterization. Nic is a very believable and likable character. She is an 18 year old trying to piece together the fragments of a tragic past, and we definitely feel her pain and fear. Her vulnerability and bravery makes a good match for Finn, a confident genius who is also shouldering haunting memories. It also helps that he is hot as well.
A lot of accurate and interesting research went into this. The book taught me a lot about the power of the online world and the diamond trade (I will not go into spoiler details). And also the fact that things are not always as they seem. Yet again we have movie potential.
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