Published by: Harlequin MIRA
Publication Date: June 26, 2012
Review Copy from: Meryl L. Moss Media(The Book Trib)
Edition: ARC TPB
My Rating: 4
Synopsis (from author’s website):
Each day is a struggle for Amanda Gleason’s newborn son as he battles a rare immune deficiency. Justin’s best chance for a cure lies with his father, who was brutally murdered before Amanda even realized she carried his child.
Or was he?
One emailed photo changes everything, planting a seed of doubt that Amanda latches onto for dear life: a recent photo of a man who looks exactly like Paul. Could Justin’s father be alive? The mother in her is desperate to find out. But tracking down a ghost when every second counts is not for amateurs.
Forensic Instincts is the one team up for the challenge.
A behaviorist. A former Navy SEAL. A techno-wizard. An intuitive. A retired FBI agent. A human scent evidence dog. Together, they achieve the impossible, pushing ethical and legal boundaries whenever the ends justify the means.
The manhunt is on for the elusive father. Yet the further the team digs into Paul’s past, the more questions are raised about whether the man Amanda fell in love with ever really existed at all.
Dark secrets. Carefully crafted lies. From the Congressional halls of Washington D.C. to exclusive Hamptons manors, there are ruthless people who would stop at nothing to make Forensic Instincts forget about the man Amanda desperately needs to find.
Little do they realize that once Forensic Instincts takes the case, nothing will stop them from uncovering the shocking truth that transcends The Line Between Here and Gone.
My Thoughts and Opinion: Four hundred pages that is packed with a fast paced “ticking time bomb” plot and twists and turns throughout. The book pulled me in right from the start with the introduction of Justin, a newborn who is fighting for his life in the hospital’s pediatric bone marrow transplant unit. From there the reader is presented with a fairly large amount of characters. However, the author does a superb job of allowing the reader to not become overwhelmed and keeping the characters straight and creating the imagery in one’s mind, due to the uniqueness of each person and their role in the storyline. The descriptions and details of the suspenseful plot start off slowly and builds to a crescendo within the first quarter of the book and the intensity doesn’t let go until the last page is read. After reaching a certain point in the book, I could NOT put it down and had to finish reading it. The author pulls the tale and characters together in a culmination that the reader does not see coming. The fictional team of Forensic Instincts, was introduced in the book The Girl Who Disappeared Twice, which I plan on purchasing, but this book could be and was read as a stand alone novel. Even though it is 400 pages, once the action reaches a certain level, it is a definite page turner. Highly recommend!!