When librarian Laura Griffith’s sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned PI James “Dev” Devlin to help. But the deeper he digs, the more he begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl’s disappearance. And the closer he gets to uncovering the truth, the clearer it becomes that the situation isn’t just dangerous–it’s deadly.
The second instalment in Irene Hannon’s Private Justice series returns readers to the world of Phoenix, Inc., its trio of former law enforcement officers, and the feisty, pierced, and colourful office manager, Nikki. This time Dev takes centre stage as he agrees to locate Laura Griffith’s teenage sister and the unlikely pair discover evil, danger, and love. Irene’s stories are always well written and Trapped continues that trend. I enjoyed the integrity of Dev and the unexpected talent and grit of Laura, hidden beneath the image of a reserved lover of books. The antagonist is clear from the moment he appears and as his character develops his evil intent is quickly revealed. I’ve come to prefer novels where the element of mystery remains, rather than walking with him as he commits his awful deeds. The latter is employed in Trapped and it makes for a more uncomfortable read and took away some of my enjoyment of this book. The intensity levels in this story surround the predicament of Laura’s sister rather than a lot of adventure and action so be prepared for that. Trapped is a story Irene’s fans will love, though some may find the subject matter a little disturbing. All that said, I’m looking forward to reading Connor’s story in Deceived.
With thanks to Revell for my review copy
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