Paradise hides a master thief.
What if diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend?
A heist at a high-end auction house sends tech specialist Sophie on a new case hunting down a thief whose skills match her own. Even as she chases a cache of precious gems, events begun in a distant land threaten the fragile happiness Sophie’s building—and an enigmatic new partner brings challenges close to home, luring Sophie into the world of vigilante justice.
Two years after Wired Courage, Sophie, now going by her maiden name of Smithson, is in charge of Security Solutions and hating the desk confining responsibilities as CEO. A new client comes to her with a case that has her back in the field with a new partner, new hire Pierre Raveaux. The case is bigger than they realized and they work well together to solve it. Raveaux is a good partner for Sophie.
I loved how this story was told – each chapter a different character’s point of view. I was also happy that Ms Neal redeemed her one transgression by returning Ginger to her proper owner. I literally cried at her loss in the last book!
The characters in this series have changed considerably in the two years since the last book took place. Sophie has come such a long way from the person she was a few years ago. She is even using American idioms in her speech regularly, and is warm and comforting with strangers. I love seeing her as a mother to two year old Momi. She has a good handle on her depression finally, too. She has been such a fantastic example of living with clinical depression and the toll it takes, and the very real struggle of managing it. I am most definitely enjoying this matured Sophie.
Connor. Connor is perfectly himself in this book. He has also changed, and while he thinks it’s for the better, I have my doubts. I can see a future Connor coming that we won’t necessarily like and I’m afraid Sophie may eventually be the one who must stop him. This is just totally my theorizing and not anything really indicated in this book.
Raveaux is a welcome addition to this series. He is a complex character who will definitely give Sophie a run for her money, to use one of the aforementioned idioms. He is fighting the battle between grieving his dead wife and being attracted to someone and this will definitely complicate the situation that came about in the last chapter.
All in all, an excellent book and one of my favorites in the series. I cannot wait to read the next to see where they all go from here.
About the author:
Kirkus Reviews calls Neal’s writing, “persistently riveting. Masterly.”
Award-winning, USA Today bestselling social worker turned author Toby Neal grew up on the island of Kaua`i in Hawaii. Neal is a mental health therapist, a career that has informed the depth and complexity of the characters in her stories. Neal’s police procedurals, starring multicultural female sleuths Lei Texeira and Sophie Ang, explore the crimes and issues of Hawaii and have sold well over a million copies.
Neal focuses on mystery, but also writes romance and a line of apocalyptic romance thrillers, the Scorch Series, with Emily Kimelman.