From Publishers Weekly
In Atkins's improbable sequel to his equally improbable debut, Ashes, Ashes
, Dr. Barrett Conyors proves once again she's more than just a forensic psychiatrist who cares too much; she's also an action hero. Having prevented the Manhattan water supply from being contaminated by the plague in Ashes, Ashes
, Conyors now stumbles upon a white slave ring that preys on foster children run by Chase Strand, a social worker for New York City's Department of Family and Youth Services. Despite being a new mother, Conyors repeatedly, and often heedlessly, hurls herself into harm's way, without ever suffering serious consequences. The book's big reveal—the identity of the higher-up behind Strand's evil—will surprise few, given the portrayal of that character beforehand. One can only hope that the author, who's a psychiatrist on the Yale clinical faculty, will use his impressive professional experience to create a more realistic thriller next time. (Nov.)
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Called to an abandoned building by one of her patients, a homeless man named Jerod Blank, forensic psychiatrist Barratt Conyers discovers the bodies of two teenagers, both dead of drug overdoses--but no sign of Jerod. She is sure Jerod didn't kill the kids, but his disappearance makes him the cops' prime suspect. As the mystery about the dead teens and the missing Jerod deepens, Barratt finds herself under intense pressure from a boss who clearly dislikes her, and she is also trying to resolve her ambivalent feelings about Detective Ed Hobbs, who's fallen hard for her. Meanwhile, Barratt finds herself attracted to a rich, handsome, smooth-talking colleague, Chase Strand, but she senses something isn't quite right about him. Shocking twists, plenty of high-speed action, and a plucky, savvy, likable heroine make this an entertaining and gripping thriller. --Booklist, 1st October 2009