About to turn sixteen, Marnie Taylor is rebellious--fighting often with her mother, Ashleigh--and jealous of her more even-tempered and popular twin sister, Callie. Lonely, Marnie finds a compassionate listener in Brad, whom she meets online. Spinning a web of lies to throw her parents off, Marnie arranges an in-person meet-up with Brad. But she realizes too late that she has been targeted in a sinister scheme for ransom.
Quinn's vivid cast of characters returns in this high-tension, stand-alone sequel. Though their actions are plausible, none of them behaves as others might predict in this tale that discloses the darker behaviors people are capable of. Cougar Viviana De Mornay takes Chicago's fashion world and ''Italian Stallion'' Gino Cabello by storm. Tony Wainwright, who has paid his dues for a past crime and appears to have turned his life around, is catapulted to the top of the list of suspects. PI Ross Pocino is on the scene with his surprising insights into criminal behavior, and Paige Toddman's mother, Helen, seems to grow younger every day. While some mothers can unintentionally do unspeakable harm to their children, Ashleigh's steel-magnolia efforts to wrest her daughter from her captor redeem the sacredness of that role.
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I picked up this book knowing that it was part of a series however the description did say that it could stand alone. I didn't find that to be so at all. Every time the perspective would change to that of another character's I would feel lost until I managed to determine just how this character would fit into the picture. So needless to say, I didn't find this to be an enjoyable read.
The book is very well written and can easily see how readers who have followed this series would absolutely love this book. However as far as standing alone on its own merits, this book fails miserably in my eyes.
I do recommend this book to my readers who have been keeping up on this series. Otherwise I would either give it a pass or wait until you read the previous books.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.