The Hitman’s Daughter

Agora. (Mave Michael, Bk. 1). Jan. 2022. 350p. ISBN 9781951709587. $26. THRILLER
DEBUT Chateau du Ciel was the place to party until 1991, when all the televisions in the hotel came on at once and the guests heard the haunting sound of a crying baby. The hotel fell into ruin until the final days of 2020, when invitations go out for a last-minute Chateau du Ciel New Year’s Eve party. Hotel employee Mave Michael isn’t eager to pose in evening wear for the hotel’s resident artist, Birdie Everhart, but it feels like a command performance. Birdie seems fascinated by Mave’s ability to locate missing items. It’s something she keeps hidden as she moves from job to job, using various aliases because she’s the daughter of a notorious imprisoned hit man. Somehow, her father seems to find her though, sending her postcards. When Mave finds Birdie’s murdered body in her suite, she realizes she’s been framed for murder. She’ll have to crawl through vents, hide in tunnels, and use a ghost’s help to survive.
VERDICT This fast-paced haunting novel of survival will appeal to fans of new adult fiction.
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