Blurb: Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and Will is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda’s motivation until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before, when his father was imprisoned for murder, this was Will’s home. It appears that the case that launched Amanda’s career forty years ago has suddenly come back to life—and it involves the long-held mystery of Will’s birth and parentage. Now these two dauntless investigators will each need to face down demons from the past if they are to prevent an even greater terror from being unleashed.
Review: As another addition to this series, this book is pretty good. We get quite a bit more about Will’s background, though for the most part, it is stuff that readers mostly already knew. This just gives a bit more detail and understanding as to how Will is connected to Amanda.
That connection seems exceptionally strange to me, though. You would think that Amanda would have more of a soft spot for Will rather than act as a tormentor towards him. It is one of the aspects to this series that I’ve never been much of a fan of, how Will is treated by almost every other character in the series. I do not understand why Amanda treats him the way she does and why she seems to enjoy causing him emotional pain, which she does several times here. I never understood it before, but now it seems even more odd and just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
I will say that this book left a few loose threads at the end, hinting that there is actually more to this than what we’ve already seen. It wasn’t a major cliffhanger, but enough to leave me a bit frustrated.