What’s it about?
A body is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse. It’s the body of an ex-cop, and from the moment Special Agent Will Trent walks in he knows this could be the most devastating case of his career. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim – a woman – has left the scene and vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city’s biggest, most politically-connected, most high-profile athlete – a local hero protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers. A local hero Will has spent the last six months investigating on a brutal rape charge.
But for Will – and also for Dr Sara Linton, the GBI’s newest medical examiner – the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will’s troubled past. The consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues.
But Sara’s scene-of-the-crime diagnosis is that they only have a few hours to find the missing woman before she bleeds out…
“It’s me baby. Did you miss me? It’s what Angie always says whenever she chooses to turn up. Except now she’s really missing.”
Will Trent is back, at long last! It was a long wait for this 8th book in the series but so very worth the wait. I wanted to go slow with the reading but the story just asked to speed-read through it.
This novel focuses on Will Trent’s wife Angie Polaski. She has often made an appearance in the previous novels but now an entire novel is almost exclusively devoted to her intriguing personality. We really get to know this woman who always kept such a strong hold on Will. She even manages – while absent from the scene – to test his new relationship. I felt sorry for him, yet strangely contented too with the lovebird’s troubles in paradise.
The first part of the novel gives all the info about the scene Will, Faith, Sara and Amanda are called into. A cop was found in an abandoned night club under construction. The owner of the night club is well-known because he was charged with rape, and walked away from the allegations unscathed. When they start investigating the scene they notice that the man was not alone and there must have been a woman there too, one who lost a lot of blood in the process. Did the man try to kill the woman first or was it the other way around? As usual, the crime scene is described in tremendous detail, putting the reader really next to the investigators. DNA was collected from several traces of blood and had to be processed for type of blood. I even got a walkthrough of these procedures. I don’t think I’m the only one who finds it all very interesting to know how exactly you get blood type results with only a single speck of dried blood. I love this attention for detail she always puts in, even describing certain (mostly putrid) smells. It feels like it’s just one step down from really being there. The team comes to certain conclusions based on what they find at the crime scene and one of their breakthroughs is that they find out that Angie, Will’s ex, is linked to the scene but missing. What happened here? And is she still alive with such a big blood loss? She wasn’t admitted in a hospital and there’s no way to reach her.
The author keeps us very much in suspense about her fate by inserting a break in the story. We rewind to the past and hear the beginning of the story told from Angie’s perspective, alternating with Will’s attempts to find her. The question if she lives or dies keeps us busy for most part of the novel, and even when we know the answer, we get a few other big surprises. As often in crime novels, not all is what it seems and I can’t think of another one where it applies to more than this one. At the end of the novel we wind up back at the crime scene and with the full story now in our heads, we look at it quite differently. There’s only so much as Sara and Faith can reconstruct and discover from evidence you know and that will be proven in a fantastic manner.
Like always, the writing was excellent and the plot goes way deeper and is more twisted and complex than you first assume. This was a great read. Angie really stole the show this time. It’s hard to say if she has earned more sympathy with me throughout the story. I’m not saying I dislike her as much as before in the end, it’s still not entirely conclusive. She did become more than the abstract figure she was before though, someone with a lot of flaws but also with empathy and humanity. I finally got a little glimpse of the real Angie.
I received a free copy of this novel from the publicist through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.