The entire Kincaid family is heading to San Diego for a Christmas reunion where all of the siblings will be together for the first time as adults. At his mother’s request, Patrick takes a detour through San Francisco to check on Gabrielle (Elle) Santana, a close family friend whose mother has been desperately trying to reach her for days. He unwittingly finds himself in the middle of a very dangerous situation. Meanwhile, Lucy & boyfriend Sean Rogan, along with her brother Dillon & girlfriend Kate Donovan, find themselves grounded in a Denver hotel because of bad weather. Unfortunately, they get called into action as a dead body is found and the death isn’t due to natural causes.
Not enough drama? Back in San Diego, Pat Kincaid, the family patriarch, has a health emergency that lands him in the ER. While visiting him, Carina gets involved in the middle of a hostage situation that quickly spirals out of control.
These are three separate stories that dovetail nicely once everyone reaches San Diego. Patrick’s dilemma poses the most threats and danger because Elle makes rash decisions that exacerbate the issues. Their developing relationship seems illogical on the surface but it actually works well for both of them. I enjoyed seeing Lucy & Sean team up with Dillon & Kate to apply the best of their skills in the hotel investigation. They were like a well oiled machine working in tandem. When they arrived in San Diego, Lucy is drawn into Carina’s situation, giving us a view of the new FBI agent who’s finally managed her panic attacks.
The structure of the book is a clever concept executed flawlessly. The transitions were seamless and the convergence in San Diego built to an exciting climax. There was also drama from within the family as Lucy’s oldest sister hasn’t spoken to her since her son Justin’s kidnapping and death when Lucy was seven years old. I liked all of the stories equally with some elements from each being favorites. It wasn’t confusing in the least and it was a treat to see so many Kincaids in action in one story.
- Release Date: May 15, 2014
- Series: Lucy Kincaid #7
- Narrator: Kate Udall
- Audio Length: 10 hours, 55 minutes
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio