I must agree with the previous two reviews - it was a terrific read. I couldn't put it down, and it's been a long time since I could say that about a book. I think what I liked best about this book was that the characters were so realistic. Take best-selling authors like Lee Child, Michael Connelly, and Patricia Cornwell. Their protagonists are totally unbelievable characters - they are always experts in their field - the best shot, the best fighter, a weapons expert, know several foreign languages, etc. Their books are a good read but you know in the back of your mind that nobody is THAT accomplished. Carly, on the other hand, was somebody you could totally identify with, a real down-to-earth ordinary person. The plot was well thought out and at no time did this author rely on incredible coincidences to make the plot work. I would not have guessed that this was a first novel - I look forward to reading more by this author.