If you haven’t read Book 1 there are spoilers ahead.
After the events in the first book, which are fast paced and action-packed, the reader is left which very high expectations for the second book.
This book continues to follow Elaine through her very emotional and turbulent journey. After leaving Nick, who is going to be arrested, she instead favors to work for the Treasury. Elaine desperately tries to move on, as she can’t help but wonder what he is doing, if he actually got arrested, and a million other things related to him. At the Treasury she is back working with an old friend, the instructor from the Treasury Department – Gene Lassiter. We get an extremely dodgy vibe from him, straight off the bat, which is strange as in the first book he was helpful, and friendly, towards Elaine. However, after working there for a year, Elaine starts to become restless ,and her mind wonders more and more often to Nick When she finally gets up the courage to ask Gene what happened to him, she learns of his actual imprisonment, causing her thoughts to be taken back to her father’s imprisonment and suicide. We also learn that Gene has been intercepting letters from Nick’s messages to Elaine, and burning them, although we don’t learn the reason why until later on. Elaine, is an interesting character throughout, as she often comes across as a bit stupid, purely because she often doesn’t apply logic to dangerous situations, which I found a bit strange. It almost seems like she wants to be followed, kidnapped and almost killed. However, In order not to spoil the plot line, I will say little more on the matter.
Mike Wells has written this novel in a very similar style to the last, however, it is far faster paced than the first book, taking you all over the world. The writing style, plot and character development do not disappoint. He managed to weave together a terrific story in only a third of the pages which normal novels use. The ending is the perfect cliff hanger into Elaine’s life of ‘crime’, although she is beginning not to see it that way. She begins to admire, and maybe even have romantic feelings for the sauve Giorgio Cattoretti. We know as readers that something dark and bad is coming, as whenever Gene is mentioned there is a dark sense of foreboding. This then poses the question is this is what is going to pass. How will Giorgio Cattoretti play into all of this? What is happening, or going to happen, to Nick? Will he make a reappearance? I certainly hope so, as that would make for a very interesting sort of love triangle, and add another dynamic to the story.
I am going to be jumping straight into book 3: Murder, as I physically can’t wait to see how this plays out. Overall I am absolutely stunned. Before I picked up the first book I have never heard of Mike Wells, now I’m wondering where he has been all this time. He is an amazing author and I can’t wait to read more of this series and his other works as well.