Haunted by her best friend's disappearance, always practical Rowan Quaide lives a life of cold logic. As an intelligence analyst, her world is ruled by who has the best strategy and Ro's reasoned control makes her Queen.
A Chance encounter with a man from her past stretches the bounds of reason and throws her into a game of dark deception and danger. With the past creeping from her nightmares into her reality, Ro pits herself against the monster determined to destroy the new love she's found.
As the intel gets more and more disturbing and events begin to spin out of control, she must rely one her instincts and cling to an unreasonable truth, or allow logic to tear her apart.
“The pleasure of remembering had been taken from me, because there was no longer anyone to remember with. It felt like losing your co-rememberer meant losing the memory itself, as if the things we’d done were less real and important than they had been hours before.”― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
Rowan Is Brilliant. Brilliant on a level that Einstein didn’t approach, but Da Vinci may have shared. That kind of brilliance makes it hard enough to bond with ‘normals’ under the best of circumstances. Add in parents who saw her as an interesting experiment, homeschooling her and discouraging any outside hobbies, interest, or friends, and living a normal life is pretty much an impossibility of stunning proportions. But, when Rowan meets Lexi in college, her life changes. Lexi teaches her ‘social studies.’ How to talk to people. How to smile. How to have fun. How to be human.
But then, Lexi disappeared. And Rowen’s life was shattered. The pieces that Lexi had nurtured fell away, leaving the cold, precise, analytical Rowen behind. It hurts to be so broken. So, she analyzes. She analyzes at work, putting together business strategies for the customers of Hologram Security. She analyzes everything, researching, investigating, plotting and graphing everything that strikes her fancy. But especially missing persons, and Lexi’s disappearance. She even researches dating strategies when her friend, Farrah Lewis, whom she met in a support group for friends and family members of missing persons, asks. For six long years, ever since the day Lexi disappeared, Rowan has functioned like an analytical droid, living for her work, for her analysis. For the faint hope that one day she will find the thread that will bring Lexi back to her. Rowan is The Bloodhound, sniffing out facts and presenting them to her clients in the form of cold logic. Just as coldly logical as her life is lived.
And then one day, Harrison Briggs appears in her office. And all the pain comes rushing back. For Harrison Briggs is Lexi’s boyfriend. Was the last person to see her alive on that terrible day, when Lexi disappeared, and Rowan’s whole life imploded. Harrison Briggs, who has the gall to stand in front of her and swear that he didn’t attend Columbia. That he has never heard of Lexi. What kind of monster can do that? To stand in front of her and deny his relationship with the one person Rowan loved above all others? How Could He?
But things are even stranger than she thought. And what is true may very well cost Rowan her life.
I adored Rowan and her story. Mystery. Suspense. Convolutions. This a very well written, enjoyable book that kept me reading for way too long into the night. She is brilliant, but in such pain. Watching what has become of her psyche due to her parents cold scientific parenting is heartbreaking, and her ability to grow and change through the book gave me heart. Her search for her friend, and the pain of all family and friends of missing persons, is extremely well written. Highly recommended.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. This is Randa Flannery’s first book and I will be watching closely for her next.
4.5 Hearts What a shock this book turned out to be. Having not read this author before and to be honest not even sure if this is the first book by the author I was unsure what to expect but I have to say this really surprised me.
The story was interesting and suspenseful but wasn’t dark like so many thrillers are these days. It seems the stories are fluff romances (which is my favorite so that is a compliment) or dark to the bone and there is no in between but this one had the perfect amount of thrill and romance to keep me interested.
I found the story to be a quick read with really well written characters. Give this book a try. I do not think you will be disappointed. And I look forward to more from this author.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I was no expecting this to be such a great read that had me guessing. Rowan is a brilliant anaylst that has been looking for her best friend for the last eight years. It has become her obsession and mission in life to find Lexie. A chance meeting is about to change everything that she has done so far. Why does he remember her, they did spend time together when Lexie was still around. Harrison has no idea who she is and makes sure that she stays away from him. The more Ro digs the more she realises that Harrison isn't who he was back in college. Is he been honest with her about his life and who he is or will she give up her life for nothing. Ro is a shy emotional wreck who doesn't know who to deal with her feelings for Harrison as she has never felt them before. Can Harrison get her to believe him and for her to be part of his life. The past is about to come back and it could get someone killed. Can Ro find her friend and can she move forward with her life. A really intense storyline that keeps you absorbed and I really enjoyed the book and I am sure that others will love it as well. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley
Not by any means your typical romance.... nor your typical mystery... This is a full on edge of the seat type of read... Never knowing what will happen.. Never knowing why it happen. The author has a knack of captivating the readers by the rope and letting them swing their until the end. Pretty good concept of writing..
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and had some gritty topics without being too dark. The characters were likeable without being one-dimensional. It moved at a great pace and kept my interest.
This book will grab you from the first chapter to the last as we watch an emotionally crippled analyst investigate the disappearance of her best friend, solve a haunting mystery and fall in love. Born to parents that nurtured her brain rather than her emotions, her people skills are stunted. Rowan Quaide is an introverted, focus driven, brilliant intelligence analyst; give her any problem and she can ferret out everything there is to know about the subject. She can solve any problem except the disappearance of her best friend during their college years. She has file upon file on Lex’s disappearance, all to no avail. That is until Lex’s last boyfriend, Harrison Briggs, suddenly shows up as a perspective client. To say things did not go well would be an understatement as Harrison denies knowing either of them. But he does tell Ro he has a twin brother. This meeting will turn Ro’s introverted closet world upside down.
What follows is a mystery full of suspense, murder, twist and turns as Ro and Harrison join forces to solve the deepening mystery and accept their mutual attraction. Ro reminded me of a combination of Temperance Brennan on the television show Bones and Charlie Epps on Numbers. They have the same skill set, ability to focus solely and exclusively on one task, and the same lack of people skills. Ro is coming alive from the sterile world of analytical information that she has lived in for so long to find love and acceptance with Harrison.
Ms. Flannery's plotting was great as the suspense built and built and the character growth of Ro was wonderful to watch. Ms. Flannery threw humor in the story as well; I laughed and laughed at the antics of Ro's friend and rock, Farrah, and Farrah's cop neighbor, Mark. This book will keep you up reading, so be ready for long nights as Ms. Flannery created a tantalizing story of suspense, murder, romance, mystery and a truly evil psychopath.
I recommend this book to anyone that loves a good solid mystery romance full of suspense, twists, and turns.
I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Terrific! Loved, Loved it! I loved the concept for this book, and I'm always down for a mystery! The main character, Rowan, is super neurotic, and she has manic episodes that effect her health and well being, but she is really intelligent and has a very unique way of looking at things. I absolutely loved her! I love the way she figures out a problem, and I love how raw she is. She has an obsession with finding out what happened to her best friend who went missing 8 years ago, she has such an obsession with it that she goes into these frantic, closed off moments, and she's a bit of an introvert. I really enjoyed her friendship with Farrah; it was really great to see Rowan has a good support system, and her friends at work were a nice addition, and I loved the love interest, and their relationship was so sweet, and I felt the intimate deep layers to their relationship while I was reading. I needed to finish this book, so I stayed up way to late, and that is definitely a sign of a very interesting book, that keeps a reader engrossed in the story. I will definitely look for more books by Randa Flannery!
I received this book as an arc for a honest review. Rowan is an computer analyst, one of the best in the business due to her reasoning and logic. Her friend Farrah, a therapist (not hers), is the perfect best friend, her opposite in every way. I loved their relationship. Then she meets Harrison, a new client at work, and her world starts to collide with a moment 8 years ago when her best friend Lexie went missing. Rowan has a sort if PTSD and still searches for clues in the case years later. I don't want to give too much away, but if you like quirky fun romance, mystery and suspense you will love this book!