Trying to start over, PI Paige Holden has moved to Baltimore and is trying to cope with her attack. But when a client is shot and killed right in her arms, Paige knows there’s some truth to Elena’s claims to her husband’s innocence. Her investigation leads her to Prosecutor Grayson Smith who arrives just in time to save Paige’s life. As the two work together to find out who framed Elena’s husband they begin to uncover a conspiracy so large that those involved will do anything to keep it secret.
As usual, Karen Rose kept me guessing with action and twists all the way to the end. Considering the length of the book this one only covers a week or so. There’s a lot of action and pacing is great. These books are heavy and this one is no different. It seemed like everyone of the main characters has had this horrible, tragic life. I just wanted one character that’s had at least an ok life.
I liked both Grayson and Paige; they’re both so loyal and considerate and honorable. Though their attraction is immediate, I still found myself believing in their feelings for each other and I was happy to see them together. They each have had hard lives and they deserve happiness.
I loved the Carter family and hope to see more of them in the future as well as more of Stevie. This book really made things rough on Stevie and I want to see her find someone to lean on after everything she’s been through. As a side note I found myself strangely captivated by Adele and Darrin’s story. After each time they appeared I wanted to come back to them. I don’t know what about them was so magnetic but I would have loved more on them.
I guess this isn’t a bad thing but the list of all those involved just kept getting bigger and bigger. I feel like each book Rose has written is trying to top the previous one and it’s resulting in these huge conspiracies. I still like them but I feel like I have to take some time before starting the next one.
3 out of 5 stars
Hidden Identity • Law Enforcement • Lawyers • Overcoming Trauma
References to past abuse
A car crashes in front of rookie PI Paige Holden’s home. And suddenly, she finds one of her pro bono clients dying in her arms—from a gunshot wound. With her last breath, the woman whispers cryptic words into her ear and hands her a blood-smeared flash drive.
Five years ago, State’s Attorney Grayson Smith put a murderer behind bars. But when Paige Holden shares the flash drive with him, its contents cast doubts on the conviction—and lead him and Paige into a world of blackmail, dark secrets, and a decades-long string of murders. An investigation they’ll survive only by trusting each other—and the truth.