Blood Echo

Thomas & Mercer. (Burning Girl, Bk. 2). Feb. 2019. 366p. ISBN 9781503904354. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781503904330. $15.95. HORROR
In this sequel to Bone Music, Charlie, a young woman who had been kidnapped and raised by serial killers, is now a veritable laser-guided missile designed to take out serial killers. Charlie is managed by Cole, the billionaire CEO of the pharmaceutical company that created the pill that transforms her into a superpowered assassin. Only thing is, Charlie is the only person who has survived the drug testing, and it's possible Cole might be keeping secrets from her. Rice's series is fast-paced, featuring plenty of action, but it has a somewhat shallow, surface-level treatment of characters and themes, reminiscent of the kind of popular TV series produced by the CW network. Though many characters are clichéd and some of the dialog is stilted, the book is an undeniable page-turner and a lot of fun.
VERDICT An engaging read, ideal for those who enjoy comic book story lines and TV shows such as Scorpion and Jessica Jones.
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