Synopsis: An isolated school for troubled teens. A series of mysterious deaths. A father frantically trying to rescue his daughter before it's too late. But when the law won't listen, who can he turn to?
Kat's Rating: 4.5/5
Kat's Review: Okay so I know that a half star is being finicky but hey, I can be as finicky as I like I guess. Many of you will know I am a HUGE fan of the Ryan Lock books by Sean Black. This latest instalment is absolutely no different and if anything the series is getting better with each book. So why the loss of half a star? Well it's simply too short for my liking. At only 275 pages, it's certainly not his longest instalment and I felt a little bit like it should have been longer. That minor gripe aside, Sean Black has done a superb job at once again taking us on Ryan Lock and Ty Johnson's latest job.
For those that maybe aren't familiar Ryan Lock an ex-soldier turned Bodyguard and his partner Tyrone Johnson have their own firm where they take on all sorts of jobs, from minding Rock Stars, to more sedate jobs like locating people. In this case a father is trying to locate his daughter and ensure her well-being. I don't want to go into too much detail for fear of plot spoiling, but suffice to say I knew nothing of the practices that occur in this book. Sean Black has an ability to tune into areas that are maybe not as known or talked about in mainstream Britain (or if they are it's not something I have read a lot about).
Shockingly, Ryan and Ty don't even make an appearance until a third of the way in, but it makes sense as the story builds giving you an idea of what the characters are going through. The story reeled me in immediately and the writing is as flawless as ever. The pace is hefty and for once we see Ty being the focus of the story as Ryan takes somewhat of a back seat. There is plenty of action, and even if you haven't read the other books in the series this could easily be read as a standalone. The pages flew by and I read this in one sitting! It seems like Sean Black only gets better with each book he produces. One of THE most underrated authors in my opinion. I truly feel like he is up there at the top with the best of them and his fans will LOVE this latest book.
The only thing I can hope for is the next book is a bit longer as I feel like my outings with Ty and Lock at probably once a year are certainly not frequent enough to give me my 'fix'. Sean Blacks books are my drug of choice and as much as I am not a 'pusher' EVERYBODY who reads this genre should be trying these bad boys. Believe me, once you start you won't want to stop!