Published by Thomas & Mercer on March 1st 2018
There’s more than one way to stoke the flames of revenge…
Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in the hands of the only parents she knew—a pair of serial killers who murdered her mother and tried to shape Charlotte in their own twisted image. If only the nightmare had ended when she was rescued. Instead, her real father exploited her tabloid-ready story for fame and profit—until Charlotte finally broke free from her ghoulish past and fled. Just when she thinks she has buried her personal hell forever, Charlotte is swept into a frightening new ordeal. Secretly dosed with an experimental drug, she’s endowed with a shocking new power—but pursued by a treacherous corporation desperate to control her.
Except from now on, if anybody is going to control Charlotte, it’s going to be Charlotte herself. She’s determined to use the extraordinary ability she now possesses to fight the kind of evil that shattered her life—by drawing a serial killer out from the shadows to face the righteous fury of a victim turned avenger.
The prologue of the book is written in first person from the characters Trina’s point of view. Trina is the daughter of a murder victim who was raised by her mother’s killers for the first seven years. The prologue was so powerfully written that it pulled me into the story from the very first paragraph.
The rest of the book is written in third person and follows the present day life of Charlotte Rowe, the woman Trina became. I point this out as I know some reader’s don’t like first person books. The book has enough twists and turns to have kept me reading long after I should have been in bed. At first I thought this was a straight forward thriller. BUT, it turned out that Rice had more in store for his readers than a basic girl who lived with serial killers thriller. Umm… if that type of book could be basic. What sets this book apart is the believable roller coaster ride that Rice plots out. In which every character is well defined and their backstories propel their actions during the book. Even the character’s that exploit Charlotte are believable in their own reasoning. I’m not going to say I didn’t see the first betrayal coming but the how and the why were another twist I really enjoyed. The multiple story lines end up merging into a killer ending.
I seriously don’t know why I’ve never read Rice before but if this book is any indication of his work I will be reading a lot more by the author. I seriously can’t wait for the next book in this series.