Thank you to Minotaur Books for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Laura Pace is a woman on the run—struggling to reconstruct her past, to rebuild her memories, to retrace her steps… and to identify the people who tried to erase her from existence.
Everglade City, Florida, March 2015. It’s been two months since Lisa Green crawled barefoot and bleeding out of a terrible car accident with three important questions: Where am I?… How did I get here?… and most importantly… Who am I? Her boyfriend Roland has been nursing her back to health under close watch.
Lisa has amnesia. They both know that, but only Lisa knows that she hasn’t lost her ability to reason. And reason tells her that she is not Roland’s girlfriend. She is his prisoner. Gradually, Lisa remembers training and skills that she didn’t know she had and is able to make her escape. When a sheriff’s deputy finds her, she tells him she wants to report a missing person: herself.
What follows is a high-octane international chase, which involves US Border Control, the Sicilian mafia, and a shadowy organization specializing in trafficking infants taken from Syrian refugees and made available for adoption to wealthy American couples. Lisa, whose real name is Laura Pace, must figure out who she can trust and how to stay alive…
If you’re looking for a fast-paced, action-packed legal thriller/mystery of sorts, this is the book for you. The story starts in the middle of chaos, giving you a glimpse of what’s to come, and it just keeps growing from there. It might feel a bit choppy at first, but keep going. Everything is related and each time a new connection is revealed, the excitement increases a notch or two.
There’s a historical aspect to Laura’s part of the story involving her grandmother. I really appreciated this sidebar because it added to Laura’s character, making her feel more human, more vulnerable, despite all of her hard edges. The fact that she was such a tough character, someone who wasn’t backing down in the face of danger and wasn’t letting anyone talk her out of taking down the bad guys, also really enhanced this story for me. As a reader who finds her strongest connection to a story in the characters, it really helped me immerse myself into a genre I don’t normally gravitate toward.
Overall, it was a very solid read. I’ll be interested to see if Schofield turns this into a series. ~Amber