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What if you found out that your whole life is based on a lie?
Vicky Collins has a seemingly enviable life; a successful agent for the FBI, and lives with her social media star and real estate entrepreneur boyfriend.
But appearances can be deceiving.
When Vicky is recruited to an elite unit to investigate a serial killer piggybacking on the murders of other serial killers, her life begins to spiral out of control.
To complicate things further for the young special agent, a routine background check at the FBI reveals a sibling DNA match — a brother she didn’t know existed.
Determined to unravel the mysteries of her past and to find her long lost brother, Vicky retraces the boy’s footsteps through the foster care system, uncovering the abuse and neglect he suffered growing up. The secrets she unveils are more monstrous and terrifying than she ever imagined, and a new truth about her childhood threatens to consume her.
Then the Piggyback Serial Killer strikes again, but this time, Agent Collins has multiple suspects — including members of her own family.
This was a difficult read for me. I don’t enjoy first-person point-of-views, but I was so interested in the concept that I wanted to give it a try.
Vicky is a new FBI agent on a task force investigating a serial killer targeting women in California. A routine background check reveals that she has a brother she’s never heard of. This puts her career and everything she knew about her family in doubt.
Overall the book was enjoyable. Vicky is an engaging character, and I found myself sympathetic to her situation. The serial killer case was interesting and I enjoyed the mystery of it all. It could have done without some of the “twists” though, honestly the novel was a bit predictable.
My problem came with the aforementioned first-person POV, and the switching of POVs throughout the novel. Because everything was in first-person. I had to really focus on chapter changes and titles in order to know that we weren’t with Vicky any longer.
I really wanted to enjoy the book, but by the time I got halfway through, I was wishing for the ending.
The concept was fantastic, but it just was not able to keep me engaged past chapter 18 or so. I feel like the ending was rushed in order to somewhat tie up loose ends. Those ties did not leave me satisfied, however.
A.B. Whelan resides in sunny Southern California with her family, among soccer fields, manicured lawns, and beautiful homes, where everybody’s lives seem perfect. Here is where she cooks up unique psychological thrillers that delve into suburbia life. Also, as a medical professional, she meets interesting people and draws inspiration from them for her characters.
She is a James Patterson Masterclass graduate and credits her writing style to her favorite suspense writers: Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and Paula Hawkins.
Whelan also writes YA romantic fantasies, inspired by her fascination with the ancient Egyptian culture, 19th century London, and our vast universe. In her Fields of Elysium series, Kirkus Reviews describe the first book, “the novel’s take on otherworldly travel is a compelling one, and the romantic plot will likely appeal to Twilight fans.”
If you’d like to connect with A.B. Whelan, learn more about her books and giveaways, and read advanced material before anyone else, you can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, and Twitter. Or on her blog at abwhelan.blogspot.com.
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