RELEASE DATE: July 22th
BLURB: When F.B.I. agent Ryan Tucker gets the job of escorting a federal witness to court in D.C., he thinks it’s just another boring case on his downhill slide from the top. And then the fireworks start.
In Miami, the alcoholic and mediocre F.B.I. agent is assigned to bring the witness Jackson O’Malley from Miami to Atlanta for what promises to be a minor federal trial. Tucker travels there to find that Jackson is an intelligent, belligerent and gorgeous young man who tells him the odds are against his ever showing up in court alive. Tucker learns Jackson will actually be testifying against a Colombian drug cartel, but there’s one serious problem. It’s his twin brother Dylan who saw the murder and Jackson never saw anything. After a serious and almost successful attempt on their lives at the airport in Miami, Tucker learns that someone in the F.B.I. doesn’t care who Jackson is. They simply want him dead, and think that Tucker is expendable as well. Not knowing who they can trust, Tucker and Jackson find a car and start driving toward Georgia and the federal judge familiar with the case.
Somewhere during that long, dangerous drive, they both learn face the truth about themselves and those they trust, as well as their own inner strengths. With everyone out to get them, they’re forced to rely on instinct and ingenuity if they are going to make it to out of this thing alive.
Personally I thought this slightly different than what I would normally expect from Ms West. The changes in her style of writing for this novel was unexpected but riveting, so many twists and turns, which kept me on tender hooks, but also highlighted her mastery talent of writing a blimmin’ good story.
So, how far would you go to protect your twin brother? Jackson, would do anything for his twin Dylan – he’s being doing it for most of his life, why change now? Except this time, Dylan’s escapades have landed him in jail – the authorities convinced that he’s Dylan!
FBI Agent Ryan Tucker is a recovering alcoholic, he had hit rock bottom 2 years previously (I refuse to do a spoiler here as to why, but trust me, he had his reasons) and he is sent to interview Jackson believing him to be Ryan in jail – confused? don’t be, the author did a fantastic job of keeping it simple for readers to follow.
Tucker’s job is simple – pick up suspect from jail and deliver him back to Atlanta. But when has Tucker’s life ever been simple? The baddie may be the goodie and the goodies may be the baddies! It kept me on my toes throughout.
The author had obviously done her research on police procedures etc., she was thorough in her execution (one of my pet hates being when an author doesn’t do his/her research properly and their are glaring mistakes) and I liked the way Jackson kept suggesting courses of action to Ryan, the expert, to avoid capture whilst on the run – all based on a film he watched! – nice touch author.
If I was going to make one criticism and it’s only a small one, Jackson was a lead guitarist in a band going places. After the initial reference, the band, his musical aspirations, or even his taste in music was never really discussed again, which I thought was a little odd? Even when they were driving to escape the baddies, they didn’t argue over which music to play! I just thought it a little strange when all other little details were covered thoroughly.
It’s always refreshing to see author’s try something different in their writing and Ms West succeeded with flying colours – 5* all the way from me.
***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reviewing this ARC. My review was an honest opinion of the book***