FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid Rogan is back from her honeymoon and eager to be returning to work but somewhat wary of the new bureau chief, Rachel Vaughn. She was right to be concerned as Vaughn doesn’t trust her and makes that clear to not only Lucy but the entire San Antonio office, relegating her to desk work despite their shortage in agents. Meanwhile, RCK frontman and founding partner J. T. Caruso is having a personal crisis. His sister Bella works for a private agency dedicated to finding missing underage girls who are suspected of being trafficked. She’s deeply undercover but is now in trouble when the police officer who was helping her is murdered and Bella is out of contact. When the FBI takes this on as a case, the Assistant Director requests Lucy for his task force, deepening the divide between her and Vaughn.
Despite my admiration for Lucy and her exceptional skills, I understood Rachel Vaughn’s concerns about her from a manager’s perspective. However, her methods in dealing with the situation bordered on outrageous and petty, stoking dissension throughout the office and causing cases suffer. This storyline was as compelling as the race to locate and extract Bella. We get Bella’s point of view, which raised the tension level to great heights as the players she was dealing with were dangerous, resourceful and ruthless. Discovery of her identity would also put her at risk because of her relationship to J. T. and her being a former policewoman.
Human trafficking is insidious and this story offers an inside view of the horrors experienced by these young girls and women. The author doesn’t hold back, making this an uncomfortable but insightful reading experience at times. The conflict between Lucy and her new manager was highly interesting, especially as I could empathize with both sides and hoped for an outcome that would leave both of them whole. The narrator delivered another great performance, adding distinctions to the many voices crucial in the story. She made a suspenseful and thrilling experience even more exciting, reinforcing my commitment to listening to this series.
- Release Date: January 30, 2018
- Series: Lucy Kincaid #13
- Narrator: Ann Marie Lee
- Audio Length: 14 hours, 27 minutes
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio