by Kathy Reichs
Synopsis: #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs steps beyond her classic Temperance Brennan series in a new standalone thriller featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past. Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. . . .
Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie’s help.
Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn’t she want to be found? It’s time for Sunnie to face her own demons because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.
My Review: Sunday (Sunnie) Night is an ex-marine, ex-cop who is living on Goat Island as a recluse. You quickly learn that she has a lot of baggage that has scarred her emotionally. When her friend, Beau, visits her on the island, he tells her he has a job for her. Opaline Drucker wants to hire her to find her granddaughter. At first Sunnie wants to turn it down but figures she will go and hear her out before making her final decision. The story she hears convinces Sunnie to take the job. With all expenses covered and a possible payout of 140,000.00, she sets her plan in motion. She sets off solo, but picks up help along the way as her life becomes endangered. Will she find Stella? Is she still alive? Who is trying to kill Sunnie?
I don’t want to give the plot away, but suffice it to say that it keeps you turning the pages. Kathy Reichs is an excellent writer whether she is penning a book in her Tempe Brennan series, or this standalone thriller. The one thing I found was that the main character was rather unlikeable. She was argumentative, rude, quick to temper and put herself and others in danger. As her story unfolds, I started to see why she was that way and she started to grow on me. There are two narrators in the story, Sunnie and an adolescent girl. The story comes together very nicely in the end. I enjoyed this book, but not as much as many of her other ones. A good book for those who like thrillers and suspense. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.