The deadliest weapons are the ones we never see.
Keyboard prodigy, Lexi Donovan has risen from teenage orphan of the streets to complete independence with little help along the way. When a friend is threatened, Lexi’s anonymous message sends police into a firefight, leading to a wounded cop.
Detective Ethan McAllister’s well-ordered life turned upside down the day an obscure text message led to a sexual predator’s identity. Since then, Callouston PD’s finest can’t trace the elusive hacker. The latest tip leads him to a brutal mutilation and a riddle indicating the identity of the next murder victim.
The dark net houses a playground for the morally depleted and criminally insane. When Lexi discovers the killer’s digital betting arena, she finds herself centered in a cyber stalker’s crosshairs bearing equal talent.
Street life strengthened Lexi while toughening her protective shell, but nothing could shield her from the shrewd detective forging a path to her heart.
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My first impressions of the book were a little “off”. I found it hard to get into the book at the beginning, I just found it too descriptive. For example:
“In the instant when Emerald depths held in thrall, he speculated at the scope of her internal conflict, held within by her pursed lips and fisted hands at her sides”.
To me this who monologue was too much. I found Ethan’s monologues the hardest to follow, once the story started to flow I began to understand the story line. The descriptive monologues faded out by the second chapter once the characters started to discuss, therefor enabling the story to flow.
The author thought the plot out so carefully, it is evident in this book.
I liked the chapters between both Lexi and Ethan. I was able to read from different perspectives which is always better, the serial killer even gets their own chapters – these are twisted but so well thought out.
The relationship between Lexi and Ethan throughout the book was fantastic. It was gradual, and intimate in parts. The author did not focus on the sex, but kept small parts to bring some sensitivity to the couple. I liked that Lexi was a strong independent character – highly skilled with computers and able to go head to head with a killer on the dark net, all at the age of 19. Of course her sensitive side only came out with Ethan.
Ethan was not always the hero, the story starts off with him getting shot and meeting Lexi, there is nothing wrong with showing a man battling with insecurities especially when he suffers with PTSD.
I was thrown completely by the ending, I would never have guessed who the killer was. The story kept me absorbed.
The twists and turns and sickening events kept me wanting to read more. I have never been one to want to read crime but this was amazing. I would say if you liked The girl on the train then you would love this.
The book is a must read, it explores all crime, romance and twisted routes. Like I said the beginning was a bit hard to get through but once you get through the first couple chapters I thoroughly enjoyed it.