Kaia Thompson, 17, is the daughter of a husband and wife high-end hitman team in this fast-paced young adult thriller. Formerly working for the CIA, the parents now work for themselves, and the family lives in a rather abnormal way, traveling all over the world for very risky jobs. Kaia has received lessons in “the family business” as well, as part of the desire of her parents to protect her. But 18 months prior to the start of this story, something goes terribly wrong, and her parents have disappeared.
Kaia goes to a couple in South Carolina she has been told would be her back-up family, and who pose as her grandparents. But suddenly other bad guys have come after her there, demanding to know where her mother is (Kaia presumed her dead) and threatening to kidnap her. Kaia’s boyfriend Oliver walks in just as this is happening, and in a short time, he, a bit in shock, joins her on the run.
Oliver never knew this side of Kaia, but he has secrets of his own. In alternating chapters narrated by Kaia and Oliver, all of the secrets invariably come out as the two flee across the country in wild chase episodes pursued by various bad actors.
Will they make it alive? Will they find out what really happened to Kaia’s parents? And how do the bad guys keep finding them?
Evaluation: If you don’t apply too much scrutiny to the many unrealistic aspects of this story, it’s an entertaining way to spend some reading time. The author shows great insight into teen thinking and dialogue.
Published by Sourcebooks, 2017