Never Far Away

Little, Brown. Feb. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9780316535939. $28. THRILLER
Koryta kick-starts his latest novel with a witness to a murder faking her own death using the assassins hired to kill her. Nina Morgan must leave her husband and two children and assume a new identity to ensure their safety. Ten years later, the children’s father dies and the kids, 13-year-old Hailey and 11-year-old Nick, are sent to live with Nina, whom they know only as “Aunt Leah.” Her former employer, who set up the original assassination attempt, realizes that Nina must be alive. Using his power as the leader of a Blackwater-like paramilitary organization, he sends out new hit men to complete the job. From there, Nina and her children must learn to trust each other as they try to stay one step ahead of their hired killers.
VERDICT Fans of the author’s previous works will be on the edge of their seats as they follow his characters’ attempts to survive vicious assassins. As he often does, Koryta (If She Wakes) provides strong character development, believable dialogue, and a fast-paced narrative. Keen observers will notice a brief sighting of two brothers (and evil murderers) who were introduced in Koryta’s Those Who Wish Me Dead.
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