From Publishers Weekly
At the start of this overwrought thriller from Crouch (Abandon
), attorney Will Innis's wife, Rachael, fails to come home from a late night at work. Her car is found on an Arizona desert highway, the driver's side window smashed, but no sign of blood. After a belligerent cop interrogates him about his wife's disappearance, Will packs up his 11-year-old daughter, Devlin, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, and flees. Five years pass until FBI agent Kalyn Sharp tracks down Will, who's lived in several towns under various identities, to tell him she believes he's innocent. For a lawyer, Will is incredibly gullible. Based on nothing, he fears he'll be prosecuted, and Devlin will have no one to take care of her. He forgets that the girl has loving grandparents as well as aunts and uncles, and ignores that her disease, though in remission, can be life threatening. He accepts Kalyn's involvement with little thought. The story comes to a less than credible climax at a remote Alaskan resort. (June)
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*Starred Review* From the first sentence of this thriller, it’s clear that bad times lie ahead for the Innis family of Ajo, Arizona—but just how bad is nearly beyond comprehension. When Rachel Innis vanishes, local authorities focus on her husband, Will, as the perpetrator. Fearing wrongful conviction that will take him away from his 11-year-old daughter, Devlin, who has cystic fibrosis, Will flees with Devi and they take new identities. Five years later, FBI Agent Kalyn Sharp tracks Will down with news that Rachel was not the only woman to disappear in the same manner and that Kalyn’s sister was among those who vanished. Kalyn has determined that Javier Estrada, a cruelly expert mercenary, is the kidnapper of the women, but she needs Will’s help in finding the victims. The quest takes them to the snowbound Lodge That Doesn’t Exist in remote Alaska, and Kalyn and Javier—both skilled, courageous, and coldly calculating—become worthy adversaries. Crouch (Abandon, 2009) builds suspense as lines blur between good and bad and plot twists continue to the last sentence. Absolutely compelling reading; not for the faint of heart. --Michele Leber