Waking to sirens in the night is hardly unusual for Samantha Owens. No longer a medical examiner, she doesn't lose sleep over them, but a routine police investigation in her neighborhood has her curious. When her homicide detective friend, Darren Fletcher, invites her to look over the evidence, she jumps at the chance and immediately realizes the crime scene has been staged. What seems to be a clear case of murder/suicide—a crime of passion—is anything but. The discovery of toxic substances in hidden vials indicates that something much more sinister is at play…
As Fletch and Sam try to understand what and who they are dealing with, they are summoned to a meeting at the State Department. High-level officials are interested in what they know and seem to be keeping secrets of their own. It's up to Sam and Fletch to uncover what lies behind the deception as the threat of bioterrorism is exposed, and her boyfriend, Xander Whitfield, may be in the line of fire.
Unsure who to trust, Sam and Fletch find themselves up against very powerful people at every stage in the investigation. No one is who they appear to be and with every minute that passes, the danger escalates. It's Sam's most complex case yet and the terrifying reality is beyond anything she could have imagined.
Published May 26th 2015
Current GoodReads Rating: 4.19 Stars
I listened to this as an audio book at speed 1.5 and learned the cons to listening at the faster speed. When I'm doing mind-numbing, busy work I usually listen to audio books to help the time pass and it actually helps me stay awake and focus on my work better (especially when the plot accelerates because so does my typing speed). I usually listen to romance which doesn’t have as many intricate details compared to the complex murder and suspense books that I love. This story had a new murder every few chapters and it seemed like I missed so much as sometimes I zone out on my work and was not listening fully to the story developments (I guess I did end up needing my brain on for this work assignment).
I don't feel comfortable reviewing too in depth on this story because of that. I will say when I was listening there were times I would zone out on the book as well because it caught my attention and I would pause to hear the commotion happening in the plot. The second half I listened to on my commutes from Dallas to Houston and back at a normal speed which is how I know I missed so much detail during the first half of the story. I will say I enjoyed the story as a whole and might go back and relisten to the first half.
The story held so many angles and held a suspense that I enjoy so much. It was not a one-dimensional, one man down and one suspect kind of story. It involved multiple suspects and possible guilty parties along with a string of deaths. I think the author balanced it perfectly by not taking the simple road and also by not having an overwhelming amount of characters to where it distracted you from the plot. I will definitely be reading more of this author’s books to see what creative ploys they dream up next. The story closed with a conclusion and answers on the main points, but left a background story open to hold your interest as a to be continued, perfect ending. I gave this 4.5 stars and look forward to reading more.