Saturday, July 16, 2016
Absence of Light by Zoe Sharp
Once you've met Charlie Fox in a book, you'll never forget her. Now, Sharp brings Charlie back in Absence of Light. It reminded me of all the drama, and the determined woman with grit. But, Absence of Light isn't quite as violent as previous books in the series.
Charlie Fox works for Parker Armstrong's close protection agency, and her job is usually to protect high-paying or high-profile clients. This time, though, she's asked to act as security for a team from Rescue & Recovery International who are helping out following an earthquake. That's just a cover. The previous security advisor is dead. And, Mrs. Hamilton, one of the donors behind Rescue & Recovery, worries that her suspicions about the team caused his death. There were rumors of organized theft from the dead, and she asked Kyle Stephens to look into that. Now, he's dead, and Charlie is taking his place, looking into both the theft and Stephens' death.
Charlie's arrival isn't exactly greeted with cheers by the team. In fact, if she was the suspicious sort, she'd guess that they're testing her, and wouldn't be too upset if she ended up dead. But, no one on the team could have caused the aftershock that leaves Charlie trapped in darkness. It's the perfect analogy for the state of Charlie's life right now, but she doesn't need to actually experience it to know how bad it is.
Absence of Light is as fast-paced and action-packed as any of the Charlie Fox thrillers. It's a suspenseful story, and, typical of Sharp, she leaves the reader hanging with one storyline. This story, called "A Charlie Fox Novella" is a little less violent, but just as intriguing as all of the books in this series. I'm a fan of the gutsy bodyguard, a woman who handles her work life brilliantly and brutally, but whose personal life is often a mess. Welcome back, Charlie.
Zoe Sharp's website is www.zoesharp.com
Absence of Light by Zoe Sharp. Felony & Mayhem. (2013, 2016). ISBN 9781631940811 (paperback), 222p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I bought my copy of the book.