on January 9, 2013
The fourth in the Byte series featuring Ellie Conway, Flashbyte is actually my first experience of these thrillers and it turned out to be a memorable one. Ellie Conway wakes one day with various problems. She hears that she has been murdered and has to convince her peers she is still very much alive. If that isn't bad enough she is then targeted by a sniper on two occasions and Ellie also receives a suspicious package from New Zealand. It's just one of those days.
Her life under threat, Ellie has to continue her work as an FBI Special Agent and finds herself investigating a string of bank robberies in one instance, a series of murders at a hospital and unwelcome faces from her past. Ellie has her personal life to juggle too with her daughter, Carla, and her boyfriend, Rowan, who is a famous musician and frequently on tour. Will Ellie get to the bottom of the murders and bank robberies? What about the mysterious packages and the threats on her life?
I enjoyed Flashbyte. This pace is suitably past and although there is a lot going on Connor has good control over the narrative. Once you get going it proves a hard book to put down. Being the fourth instalment, Ellie and her colleagues would be comfortably familiar to readers of the other books but as this was my first experience it wasn't always easy to keep track of everyone. Had I read the other instalments first though I'm sure this wouldn't have been a problem.
Flashbyte is a well executed crime thriller with a strong female protagonist who has her weaknesses but stands tall under great adversity. There are some interesting plot threads here and they come together nicely as the book draws to a conclusion. I'd certainly be interested in trying the other books in the Byte series.