FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid and her husband Sean Rogan are in Hildago, Texas because his brother Kane is finally marrying his fiancée Siobhan Walsh. In typical Kane style, the ceremony is last minute, the only other guest is Siobhan’s sister Andie and it’s taking place at the RCK ranch. But while Lucy and Siobhan are picking up Andie from the airport, Sean and Kane come under attack from an old enemy who’s resurfaced after nine years. By the time, Lucy reaches the ranch, they’ve disappeared but there’s evidence Sean and Kane didn’t go easily.
the heart of the story…
For a short story, this had all the elements that I’d expect to find in a full-length novel. The pace is almost breathtaking and Lucy brings the full force of the FBI and local law enforcement into Hildago as Kane’s relationships within that community are far and high. But it’s Lucy who assembles the clues that help identify the abductors and trace their paths to figure out how to save Kane and Sean. Of course, those two aren’t waiting to be saved either and their escape efforts reflected just how connected these brothers are when things get dangerous. It was exciting to follow the procedurals as they unfolded fast and furiously. Andie Walsh is a Marine lieutenant colonel so she’s no slouch either, partnering with Lucy to bring added brainpower to the search.
Lee is definitely my voice for the series and she’s at her best when there’s this much tension and suspense. She made this even more exciting.
the bottom line…
I inhaled this story in one sitting, forgoing other plans until I reached the end. It just didn’t feel like a novella as the character development, plotting and storytelling was so rich. I loved everything about it from start to finish.
- Release Date: November 17, 2020
- Series: Lucy Kincaid #16.5
- Narrator: Ann Marie Lee
- Audio Length: 4 hours, 33 minutes
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio