Six years ago, Lucy Kincaid was abducted and brutally assaulted by a sexual predator who operated an entire enterprise. She worked hard at her recovery and with her family’s help is now well adjusted and has set her sights on a career with the FBI. In the meantime, Lucy is volunteering at a victims rights organization called Women and Children First (WCF) where she engages online with known paroled sex offenders and leads them to recapture. When one of her targets ends up suspiciously murdered, she discovers after some probing that others she’s engaged with have also later turned up dead.
Since brother Patrick is out of town, Sean Rogan, his partner at Rogan Caruso Kincaid, comes to assist her in his stead. With the FBI’s Noah Armstrong leading the investigation, Lucy becomes an unwilling participant when she comes under suspicion. And, it soon becomes clear that someone is stalking her and may be connected to the investigation.
I am really glad our group reading this series together decided to first read the preceding trilogies that set up not only Lucy’s tragic past but others in the Kincaid family. Having that insight about them made this a much more layered story. There are a lot of angles and possible suspects, including Lucy’s stalker and I had to pay close attention to keep the clues assembled. I was quickly drawn in and immersed in the mystery and lives of the characters.
I opted to listen to the series and enjoyed the narrator’s performance of this story, even though I had to increase the speed setting. There are a lot of characters and she was able to distinguish them effectively. The mystery itself was a little gnarly and, considering it involved sexual predators, quite loathsome. I enjoyed the developing relationship between Sean and Lucy, as well as her realistic portrayal of a young woman who is forced to relive the trauma she worked so hard to overcome. It was interesting on many levels and a strong start to the series.
- Release Date: December 28, 2010
- Series: Lucy Kincaid #1
- Narrator: Ann Marie Lee
- Audio Length: 14 hours, 57 minutes
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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