"Seek liberty, Foxy, and you'll find me."
Sergeant Alexandra Fox came to America to find the man who had brutally murdered her sister. A man the press called The Escape Artist. Could a British Sergeant fit in with the NYPD? Not if Commander Patterson had anything to do with it.
Suspended with only two friends in America-- Chief Brown, a long time family friend, and retired Sergeant Matt "Nobby" Adams, Alex has seven days to find three kidnapped babies, or look for a new job.
Her investigation leads her into a world of deception, that turns tragic before it even begins, and a helping hand from the one person she hated the most--The Escape Artist.
Mel Comley and Linda Prather have once again joined forces and created the first full-length novel in their new 'Deception' series - I can tell you that it's another cracking page-turner. Following on from the prequel 'Clever Deception', DS Alex Fox is now in New York, having crossed the pond in pursuit of her sister's killer, The Escape Artist.
But the Escape Artist is the least of her worries at the moment. As if things weren't bad enough, her hateful boss, Commander Patterson suspends her on subordination. But this is not just a suspension. He gives her a case to solve and if she doesn't solve it within a week, she can say goodbye to her job.
Alex is thrown on a frantic race against time to try and find three missing babies, but with no badge and no access to official documents this task is almost impossible. Helped by her only two friends in the US (apart from Dixie and Cinders), Alex begins an unofficial investigation that will take her to some of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in the city. She soon begins to uncover a tangled web of lies and deceit. Not everyone is telling the truth and some people have an interest in the babies not being found.
In this book we meet some devious, unsavoury schemers that will do anything to see their plans through. Where are these babies? Who has kidnapped them? Will Alex make it on time with her limited resources to save these kids in an unfamiliar territory? And where is The Escape Artist? Is he watching her?
Though second in a series, this book can be well read as a standalone as apart from Alex, all other characters are new. After a heartbreaking, disturbing prologue, this book kept me literally hooked. It made me feel all sorts of emotions. I felt sad, happy, angry, horrified, disgusted and more. Short, fast-paced, tension-packed chapters kept my heart racing throughout and made me go through this book like a breeze. I desperately wanted to know what was going to happen, where the babies are, if they will be rescued in time or not. Alex is such a great character, I admired her for her tenacity and determination, but I also felt bad for her, a lonely Brit having to contend with her nasty boss and unfriendly colleagues. But thankfully not everyone is bad...
I really had a great time reading this book and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a well-written, gripping thriller. Now, I can't wait for the next instalment in the series.
With thanks to both authors for an ARC of this book.