Hannah Barrett is on a business trip in Las Vegas, having dinner and drinks with her boss and clients at a club on the Strip. As she’s leaving, a young girl pleads for her help in the parking lot while being chased by a man. She intervenes and things get violent with him escaping, taking the girl but not before crashing Hannah’s car. She’s slightly injured and is sidelined from work for the moment, recuperating in Scarlet Falls. In the meantime, the man she confronted has her purse with all of her data and vows to exact revenge because she did a lot of damage to him, especially his ego.
This was a brutal story involving human trafficking and a lot of violence against women so be forewarned. It’s harrowing but probably is very close to the reality of the crimes. Additionally, the Neanderthal that comes after Hannah brings his psychopathic brother with him to Scarlet Falls and they both leave a stain on the town. In the meantime, Hannah is being helped by Brody McNamara, the detective who helped the family when brother Lee and his wife were murdered. Fearful that the traffickers are coming after her, he keeps a close watch and the attraction that had been brewing develops in full force.
While I enjoyed the story, it’s more mystery & suspense with a romantic element, which I prefer. Hannah and Brody make a great couple but it’s all about the underlying threat of the traffickers from start to finish. She was a formidable character, too, who took care of herself and sometimes Brody! I found it hard to stop listening, despite the narrator’s challenges with the male voices. She tells the story really well but the secondary male voice interpretations were awful. I just powered through those moments because I enjoyed everything else about her performance. I’m really enjoying this series and am looking forward to the final book in this trilogy.
- Release Date: June 30, 2015
- Series: Scarlet Falls #2
- Narrator: Cris Dukeheart
- Audio Length: 10 hours, 4 minutes
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio