By Nichole Christoff
Thriller / Random House Publishing Group – Alibi / Dec 2, 2014
In this taut debut thriller, Nichole Christoff introduces a savvy private investigator with nerves of steel—and a shattered heart.
As a top private eye turned security specialist, Jamie Sinclair has worked hard to put her broken marriage behind her. But when her lying, cheating ex-husband, army colonel Tim Thorp, calls with the news that his three-year-old daughter has been kidnapped, he begs Jamie to come find her. For the sake of the child, Jamie knows she can’t refuse. Now, despite the past, she’ll do everything in her power to bring little Brooke Thorp home alive.
Soon Jamie is back at Fort Leeds—the army base in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens where she grew up, the only child of a two-star general—chasing down leads and forging an uneasy alliance with the stern military police commander and the exacting FBI agent working Brooke’s case. But because Jamie’s father is now a U.S. senator, her recent run-in with a disturbed stalker is all over the news, and when she starts receiving gruesome threats echoing the stalker’s last words, she can’t shake the feeling that her investigation may be about more than a missing girl—and that someone very powerful is hiding something very significant . . . and very sinister.
I found this to be an absolute page-turner from start to finish. Christoff’s characters were so well developed I could feel their breath on the page. While I could predict a little of what was coming I was still surprised at every turn.
Christoff’s writing is first rate. Fresh and detailed descriptions brought every scene alive. Her experience as a military wife shows in her respectful depiction of the military life and attitudes. Definitely a student of “show don’t tell” she reveals her characters through their action such as Adam Barrett’s treatment of a stray dog.
While action took the front seat in this story, the romantic element was ever present and nicely done. I look forward to the development of Jaime’s relationship with Barrett. If you like a fast paced thriller buy this book!