Stephanie Maddox is the head of the FBI’s Internal Investigations Division in the Washington, D.C. office. It’s a busy and demanding position, and Stephanie works long hours. She’s also the single mother of seventeen-year-old Zachary who has become distant and uncommunicative. Stephanie thinks this is a consequence of his age and her long hours and resolves to do something about it. Imagine how Stephanie feels when she discovers a gun hidden in Zachary’s room. Her Zachary, a good student, who is awaiting college acceptance letters? And then, an FBI agent from the domestic terrorism squad shows up: ‘It’s about Zachary …’. Stephanie learns that apparently Zachary has been emailing a domestic terrorist group.
Stephanie is conflicted. Can she protect Zachary? Surely, he is not involved in terrorism?
I read this book in a day, wanting to know how it would end and what choices Stephanie would make. Stephanie is convinced that someone from her past (could it be Zachary’s father (an influential Senator), or a disgruntled FBI agent who lost his job because of her, or a mob boss) trying to get at Stephanie through Zachary?
The more Stephanie investigates, the less she seems able to distinguish between right and wrong. While I appreciate the dilemma Stephanie finds herself in, some of the choices she makes left me gobsmacked. A couple of aspects of the story (although I can’t tell you what they are without spoilers ) didn’t work for me .
My conclusion? This is a fast-moving story which, while it mostly held my attention, had me questioning its believability. Surely a good FBI agent would have paid more attention to detail than Stephanie did?
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Bantam Press for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: BANTAM PRESS (16 July 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1787630617
- ISBN-13: 978-1787630611
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 422 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews