I didn't read the first novel in this series so that I did find it most confusing. I must say that I find it annoying when authors draw material from previous novels as then it becomes simply an episode in an adventure and the reader is left without a begining and in this case without an end. I was 3% through the book before I realised that the so called heroine was in fact a woman. It also seems rather a cheap and easy trick to use the same characters, continue the relationships and romances instead of writing a completely new novel. I did think this was why the characters in this book were poorly drawn, however on reading other blogs from readers of the first novel, they also considered the characters poor. Like most readers of adventure or detective novels we really do like, to like our heroes. I couldn't relate to any of these characters and certain aspects of their behaviour simply didn't gel. The mother is a doctor yet has little or no humane feelings,odd in itself. At the same time she behaves like a whore and then becomes a lesbian, also very strange. The two male characters for their positions in the story seemed pretty pathetic to me when it came to handling a rather silly woman. As for Erin the heroine, I cannot think that any man would have put up with her for more than a day and am surprised that Diggs didn't simply leave her in the woods. Then she is so much in love with him that she would rather suffer misery simply to protect him and a few weeks later she is back in the arms of another man. Sorry none of this rings true to life. I did in fact guess who the ringleader was and the two stars are for the fact that I finished the story. However, I am glad I didn't read the first novel and I won't read the next.