When Gabriel Ash's wife and kids were kidnapped four years ago by Somali pirates, his life spiraled out of control. He left his job working for the British government and moved to a small town where he descended into near madness. But with the help of his dog, Patience, and his friendship with young police officer Hazel Best, his focus returned. So when he discovers that his wife is still alive, Ash is once again filled with hope and fear. Hope that he has another chance to find her and their two young sons; fear that, in trying, he may bring about their deaths.
Hazel is deeply worried for Ash. But even she is unprepared for what Ash seems willing to do to secure the safety of his wife and children. In fact, nothing is as it seems and loyalty, friendship, and family bonds will be called into question. When Ash learns who was behind the events that wrecked his life and his sanity, even the resourceful Hazel might not be able to keep him from getting hurt. How much is Ash willing to sacrifice in order to bring his family home and bring justice to those responsible?
Current GoodReads Rating: 3.55 Stars
Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published December 8th 2015 by Minotaur Books
The first half read like it was a novella designed to wrap up whatever story came before. Thinking that, I would have hated the story that came before. The first half of this story was the solution to a problem that must have started so many books ago. Then I felt awkward as Hazel filled her time with little projects and investigations, as if the major solution with Gabriel didn't just happen. At a point, I didn't understand why that event was even included in this book because it was an ending to the previous one and seemed to have nothing to do with Hazel's new investigations.
I would not recommend this as a stand alone. I did love the second half, but I was so upset by the chaos of the first half depending so heavily on previous books that I would only recommend to start with the first in this series if you have any interest to read this book. You will be so distracted and confused to referenced events that are not fully explained, that you get to the point where you want to stop reading. I'm glad I read this book, but it took way too long to get to the acceleration in this story and become it's own independent adventure. I would give this three out of five stars.
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