Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint BCA-FBI violent crime task force have handled shocking cases before, but this one is different. Read more...
Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint BCA-FBI violent crime task force have handled shocking cases before, but this one is different. Stevens s daughter, Andrea, is distraught over a classmate s suicide, but what the two investigators find is even more disturbing an online suicide club of unhappy teenagers, presided over by an anonymous presence who seems to be spurring them on. Soon, it becomes apparent that the classmate wasn t the first victim and won t be the last, either, unless they can hunt down this psychopath once and for all."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-01-18
- Reviewer: Staff
A teen’s suicide kick-starts Laukkanen’s subpar fifth novel featuring Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Kirk Stevens and his FBI partner, Carla Windermere (after 2015’s The Stolen Ones). Stevens’s daughter, a high school senior, is distraught after a bullied classmate, Adrian Miller, hangs himself in his bedroom one day after school. When Stevens and Windermere learn that Adrian entered a suicide pact with someone with whom he was in contact online, they begin a desperate search to save the life of his partner. The pair later discover that the online contact persuaded Adrian to film his own death, encouraged others to kill themselves, and may have future victims lined up. The revelation of their adversary’s identity, a sadistic voyeur with the requisite troubled upbringing, sets up a tense cat and mouse game. Windermere, who takes on the one-dimensional villain with what amounts to a personal vendetta, engages in some unlikely heroics at the climax. Author tour. Agent: Stacia Decker, Donald Maass Literary Agency. (Mar.)