Thomas & Mercer: Amazon. Jul. 2021. 351p. ISBN 9781542024952. $24.95. THRILLER
In this latest stand-alone from Parks (Interference), Nate Lovejoy is happy to stay home with his two young daughters in Richmond, VA, while his wife Jenny tries to make partner at Richmond’s largest law firm. On just another ordinary day, Nate is kidnapped by members of a secret society called the Praesidium and briefly held captive at the mansion of their leader, Vanslow DeGange. Praesidium claims that DeGange can see the future, and he’s predicted that if Nate doesn’t commit an unthinkable act in four days, a billion people will die. The mass casualty will be a direct result of Jenny’s current lawsuit against Virginia’s biggest power company. Nate and Jenny manage to escape attempts on their lives, then realize that they must locate DeGange’s compound in the remote Virginia countryside before they run out of time to change the future.
VERDICT This fast-paced novel, narrated in alternating chapters by Nate and Jenny, has twists and turns that’ll keep readers guessing. Recommended for readers who enjoyed Parks’s other stand-alone works, as well as fans of Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay.
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