Lucy Kincaid is anxiously waiting to see if her application to the FBI is accepted and it’s not going well. With all of her proverbial eggs placed in that one basket, she has no other life plan and is rudderless for the moment. In the meantime, Sean Rogan and her brother Patrick have accepted an assignment to find a missing teenager who is sort of related to the Rogans. Sean quickly realizes that Lucy has the unique skills they need and convinces her to join the case. His instincts were on target as she uncovers details that lead them to New York and Detective Suzanne Madeaux who is the FBI point person on a task force created to find a Serial killer who‘s been dubbed by the media as the Cinderella Strangler. The case immerses Lucy into a world she barely escaped and threatens to damage her emotionally.
This was an exceptionally difficult case on many levels. In the background are these underground sex clubs involving young college teens who are at serious risk, beyond the Cinderella Strangler. We have multiple narratives, including Kirsten Benton, the missing teen. Nailing down a suspect was difficult as the narratives weren’t necessarily on the same timeline and those involved were murky at best. It kept me highly engaged.
The best part of this story, however, comes from Lucy who gradually gains her confidence, thanks to Sean’s genuine encouragement, and asserts herself in the case, flexing her profiling muscles. Preeminent FBI profiler Hans Vigo is also in the background pushing Lucy to trust her instincts. I loved how she found her mojo at a low point in her burgeoning career, faced her fears and got seasoned investigators to not only pay attention but take her seriously. I loved the subtlety of this aspect of the story as well as all the other elements that made this a great listening experience, including the narrator’s performance. She continues to make this series one I look forward to each month, taking a really good story and lifting it off the pages.
- Release Date: February 22, 2011
- Series: Lucy Kincaid #2
- Narrator: Ann Marie Lee
- Audio Length: 11 hours, 51 minutes
- Publisher: Random House Audio