I have enjoyed Christine's series set in Cambridge and opened this book with high expectations. They have been admirably fulfilled. Here we have a stand alone thriller about two lonely people who pursue a relationship of monthly weekends together in remote spots. Suddenly one of these two fails to get to the rendezvous-vous and the other realises how very limited her knowledge of her erstwhile companion is. Why has he disappeared without a word? Lisa is mourning the death of her father and caring for her teenage son who has cerebral palsy and she valued her weekends with Jay more than she realised. Jay was in a witness protection programme and mourns the deaths of his wife and son. He didn't mean to love Lisa but it crept up on him and he only realised it after he is recognised and must cut himself off from Lisa for her safety.
The story follows parallel tracks about these two and others. Gradually the reader pieces together some of the facts as an atmosphere of rising tension envelops everything. The story moves around within England and in Hongkong and Sweden and includes many interesting characters. The intelligent way Jay, Lisa and others plan their actions is enjoyable and the suspense of the tale is palpable. It is an enjoyable story up to the very end.
Reviewer: Jennifer S Palmer
The series set in Cambridge features academic Cassandra in 3 stories beginning with Death is Academic.