Evan Meade returns home late one night after hanging out with his friends only to witness the brutal murder of his stepfather, a retired deputy sheriff. The 16-year old literally runs for his life with the killer in pursuit. Private Investigator Lance Kruger is called to help by Evan’s mother when she comes home to the carnage and attorney Morgan Dane, his fiancée, accompanies him to the scene. They arrive before law enforcement who makes it clear that Evan is their primary suspect. As Lance and Morgan work to find Evan, they also know finding the actual murderer is paramount to protecting him. However, the deeper they probe, the more confounding and sinister the situation becomes.
The opening of this story was chilling and concern for Evan started immediately. We know he isn’t the killer and that kept me on edge for the rest of the story. It becomes extremely dangerous for Lance, Morgan and fellow investigator Lincoln Sharp who has also involved Olivia Cruz, the reporter who helped them in an earlier case and seems to have attracted Sharp’s attention in a personal way. Things get scary as old connections to Evan’s mother emerge who deserve to be feared.
The pace of the story kept me engaged as there weren’t many decent stopping points. It was exciting and thrilling, though some of the chase scenes got a bit complicated for me. There were softer moments, however, as Lance’s relationship with Morgan’s daughters deepen and he begins to develop paternal bonds. It was a sweet aspect that provided relief to all that tension. I also liked what appears to be something growing between Sharp and Olivia. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving character. As usual, the narrator delivered a fine performance, her storytelling skills put to the test. I enjoyed this one even as it took some time for the facts to unfold.
- Release Date: March 19, 2019
- Series: Morgan Dane #5
- Narrator: Cris Dukeheart
- Audio Length: 9 hours, 34 minutes
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio