I really liked this book, I'd have to give it at least four stars. I say at least, because one isn't allowed to give half stars, like four and a half stars out of five when reviewing book for Goodreads, Amazon or Chapters/Indigo. My usual genre is mystery, as I've said before and this fits the bill. Touted as a thriller, I'd have to also agree, Thriller/Mystery hits the nail right on the head.
Meg Gardiner has written a terrific book about about a main character named Sarah Keller and her young daughter Zoe. Sarah is a skip tracer who tracks down people who have gone on the lam, running from prosecution. The interesting twist here is that Sarah has to choose to grab Zoe and go on the lam herself. Sarah's daughter isn't actually her daughter, Zoe is the daughter of Sarah's murdered sister and when this whole scenario blows up, our main character has to take five year old Zoe and run for their lives. Will her skills as a skip tracer help her evade the people who want her dead?
The Shadow Tracer was a real roller coaster ride. The book is filled with questions about motives, who's good and who's bad. Our main character is put through the ringer trying to find out just what is going on and who she can safely trust. I would have given this a five star (or a four and a half if I could, lol) if there were one or two few car chases. Please don't get me wrong, it's never boring but I did feel once or twice that I wish I'd finally figure out just what was happening. That's probably just what the author intended, to turn the action up to full throttle and throw the reader headlong into a desperate need to know just what the heck was gonna happen already!! I worked, I read The Shadow Tracer into the wee hours of the morning just to finish the last page.
Ms. Gardiner has written many other books and I have to admit I've already chosen the next one I'm going to read. I can't wait to sink my teeth into Ransom River. What a great new author to add to my list!
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