I’m still getting to know this author but I’ve indulged in her writing sufficiently enough to garner appreciation for her talented efforts. She immediately captures a readers interest regardless how boring a subject may (seemingly) be. Her stories aren’t based on sex nor do they revolve around sex or become a vehicle to move between sex scenes that overpower the story. It’s first and foremost an action/drama with a side of romance where she subtly weaves in the romantic interest. Here, we are quickly introduced to 26 y/o Scarlett Stone, a solid-state physics nerd usually associated with lab rats and academics. Scarlett naïvely tries to seek justice and exonerate her family name, prove her father innocent of treason and get him released from prison. But her efforts cause even more harm. Not only does she erroneously interrupt months of intricate FBI surveillance and an FBI spy mission causing it to be scrapped, her actions places her under suspicion as a person of interest and makes her a target for elimination by the Russians. Her amateur spying opens several cans of worms and causes a dead case to reactivate. Criminals, spies, political figures and moles ooze from their hiding to cover their nefarious tracks. Red flags begin to wave and conspiracy theories arise within the FBI causing them to question themselves and their imprisoned colleague who could possibly be innocent. I quickly gravitated to Scarlett’s strong character and I loved all the FBI lingo, top secret tactical operations, Russian intelligence, espionage and technological communications. But..
1. Scarlett acts too immature for a 26 y/o woman. It was off-putting. For being so intelligent, she made many unbelievably ignorant choices.
2. Her and Matt’s attraction seemed more like lust at first sight, rather than love.
3. She’s too forgiving of her father’s FBI colleagues who thought the worst of him and turned their backs on him. She states, “some people in the FBI believed her father and wanted the truth”. This wasn’t true. Everyone thought him a traitor to America and nobody sought the truth. If it wasn’t for Scarlett forcing them to take action, an innocent man would’ve spent the rest of his life in prison.
4. The ending twisted upon itself, looped around then unraveled and fell apart.
5. The reasoning behind the lies and betrayal was so manufactured, it was almost silly.
Still it’s an excellent nail biter that quickly captures interest and I highly recommend.