Review: A man with little else to lose.

Just as Cain Bell thinks his life is on the upswing, years after the tragic death of his young daughter, another terrible event places his fiancée in a coma, just as she was about to tell him the truth about the driver who killed Hannah in a hit and run.

Now he has to contend with his partner’s ex-husband and daughter he’s never met, some nasty thugs, detectives and a few other lowlifes making threats and demands, while he waits to see if the woman he loves will ever wake up, and with that time on his hands and his journalistic instincts awakened, he starts to dig.

Gripping and clever, as Cain digs into the past and the cast of characters around him all seem to somehow be involved. People keep telling him to back off, but he wants the truth and keeps trying to find it. He only seems to have a few people he can trust, and even then they’re not entirely much help.

A lot happens very quickly, and it all seems to spin a little out of control around Cain, to the point where he seems to decide to just give up. The ending was a bit less redemptive than I’d have liked, I think I read too many books where the bad guys all get their comeuppance and the good guy gets the girl, but this is more realistic than that, and Cain’s decisions are those of a man with little else to lose.

Rambling Mads – Madeline 

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