received this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. Although it took a while for this book to be delivered to me, once I got it I was very glad to have the opportunity to read it. This book was a fast-paced and thrilling read. I was hanging on the edge of my seat from the beginning of the book until almost the very end.
The book begins with the apprehension of Simon Fisk by the French police. His help is wanted to track down an abducted American girl, Lindsay Sorkin. Simon reluctantly agrees, but only because he doesn’t want another family to go through what him and his wife went through when their young daughter was kidnapped out of their home years ago. The story then follows Simon, and accomplices, as they race through Europe trying to catch the kidnappers and figure out why they kidnapped Lindsay in the first place.
The plot in this book is fantastic. Nonstop action, with enough background information thrown in to make the book seem real. There was actually a lot of information in this book, describing the things that Simon and co. were facing (whether it was corrupt law enforcement or child traffickers). I thought that the extra information really aided in keeping the plot realistic, I felt as if the extra information made it seem as if I were actually in the story.
The characters in this book are truly fantastic. Simon is an amazing main character; besides his relationship with Anna, I found that he behaved in a remarkably realistic manner. His relationship with Anna, though, seemed a little fake and unrealistic. I understand that there are a lot of people looking for a little romance in their thrillers, but I thought the book would have been better if the relationship between Anna and Simon hadn’t been romantic. I did like Anna as a character though, I thought that her law connections really aided in bringing a new vantage point to the story and that her personality was refreshing in the story.
The writing in this book was good. This author definitely has the art of writing a successful thriller down to a T. I was sucked right into the book and found myself floating along on the authors writing, not finding anything to critique about the writing itself.
The subject matter of this book was rough. This book touches on a lot of disturbing topics- child kidnapping and child pornography, most notably. I thought that the author did a really good job of writing about those topics in a realistic, yet not extremely graphic manner. The most disturbing part about the mentions of child pornography and child trafficking, rather than what was said, was what wasn’t said. I don’t even have children of my own and I found myself disturbed by the topic, this would definitely be an even more intense book to read if you have children of your own.
Overall, I found this book to be a really pleasing thriller to read. I was sucked right in to the story and found myself unable to put the book down until I had finished. I will definitely be looking into other books written by this author, especially if they include the main character, Simon.