Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings – the Bel Air home invasion that rocked the nation.
There was only one survivor – a sixteen year-old girl.
And though the killers were caught they walked free.
Now eighteen, Nic Preston – the girl who survived – is trying hard to rebuild her life. She’s security conscious to the point of paranoia and her only friend is a French Mastiff bulldog, but she’s making progress. She’s started college in New York and has even begun dating.
But then one night her apartment is broken into and the life Nic’s worked so hard to create is shattered in an instant.
Finn Carter – hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s killers walked free from court. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best and possibly only chance of staying alive is by keeping close to Finn and learning to trust the person she’s sworn to hate.
Fleeing across a snowbound New England, frantically trying to uncover the motive behind the murders, Nic and Finn come to realize the conspiracy is bigger than they could ever have suspected. But the closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, the greater the danger becomes.
To survive she has to stay close to him.
To keep her safe he has to keep his distance.
THIS IS SOO GOOD! I LOVE THIS BOOK. I’ve read it twice in one day ’cause I couldn’t get enough of it!
If any of you read Alderson’s Hunting Lila books, YOU WILL LOVE THIS.
It was very similar to Hunting Lila in some aspects, in others not so much.
First, the story line. Beautiful. Mysterious. Captivating. Romantic. This is a dual POV novel, alternating between Nic Preston and Finn Carter.
Disclaimer: This is not a LGBT novel. Nic is a girl and Finn is a boy.
The story starts out right into the action which I love. Alderson doesn’t hesitate to get things moving. And the action doesn’t stop until the end of the book! The mystery was practical and in the end everything made sense. Clues were placed strategically and I never felt like I was missing anything important. The details were there and the story was there. There were plot twists that I never saw coming, and the romance between Nic and Finn was A-MAZING.
Nic Preston saw her family get murdered right in front of her. She has many issues and scars and the way she went from the scared girl to the brave women who just wants to live her life, is the focus of her emotional journey. I loved her from the start and her dog, Goz was a great comic relief to the story!
Finn Carter. I have another man to add to the list. He is an ex-FBI trainee/hacker and absolutely brilliant. I love my female characters kickass and clever but male characters who are like that along with the main character was a nice breath of fresh air. He also has scars which make Nic and Finn the perfect couple.
Their chemistry was probably one of the highlights of this book. I couldn’t get enough of it. The dual POVs helps a lot in figuring out their feelings for each other and how they resisted each other without the other knowing. I LOVE that kind of story!! Their relationship was realistic too. It didn’t come out of nowhere like some novels I’ve read. It came naturally and the process of their relationship were placed smartly over the course of the book.
I recommend this book to Sarah Alderson’s existing fans, those who love action and romance, and if you love a good mystery, this is yours too!
I know it’s probably cheating if I take reviews from my Goodreads and just transfer them here, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
Keep calm and read on!