To save one life, she risks many others.
Working for the Royal Military Police, Major Helen Scott is used to rapid change. On a posting to Paris she oversees security for a NATO summit in the city, yet has barely begun before her presence is demanded at Interpol headquarters in Lyon.
Helen’s orders are to locate a kidnapping victim – the eldest son of oil magnate Khalil Dalmani. The main suspect is Fawaz bin Nabil, whose fortune has been made from illegal trade familiar to the intelligence agencies.
Helen knows the pain of loss and won’t rest until Khalil’s child is found. Along the way, she crosses paths with old faces and forms new alliances. But who will betray her trust?
A stunning new thriller from the author of the acclaimed DI Kelly Porter novels and a rising star in British crime fiction.
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I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was quite a departure from my more recent reads, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The storyline is tense, and I could feel the urgency of the search for Dalmani’s son. This is not a story for the faint hearted as it genuinely is an edge of your seat read.
Moving from her task of overseeing a NATO summit, Helen joins Interpol and finds a new colleague in Sylvia Drogan, who heads up the missing person’s division at Interpol Headquarters. The partnership between Helen and Sylvia proves to be a crucial element of the overall story.
Of course, Helen is not without a past, and as her path crosses with Grant Tennyson, a former colleague from her RMP days, it’s clear that they have a history that goes beyond their military connection.
The story ranges across several characters and it’s a challenge to decipher who the good ones are. It’s clear that there is a deeper history between Khalil Dalmani and Fawaz bin Nabil than simple trade deals.
With tight teams of security, it’s difficult to instantly tell how such a daring kidnapping could have taken place, but all is not as it seems, and it soon becomes obvious that there is more to this story than meets the eye.
I enjoyed the pace and the twists in this story and will certainly watch out for future books by Rachel Lynch.
About Rachel Lynch
Rachel Lynch grew up in Cumbria and the lakes and fells are never far away from her. London pulled her away to teach History and marry an Army Officer, whom she followed around the globe for thirteen years. A change of career after children led to personal training and sports therapy, but writing was always the overwhelming force driving the future. The human capacity for compassion as well as its descent into the brutal and murky world of crime are fundamental to her work.
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