Polliannah Koch Guryev is in trouble and her boyfriend is dead. It's not the first time amateur sleuth Sémya Slotin finds herself on the first plane to rescue her best friend, but nothing's prepared her for what she finds in Toronto. Polliannah is a widow and her late husband John Allen was a hit man for the powerful Dovos family. What did they want from her? Why is this happening? One thing they do know: their carefree life back in London is officially over.
Sémya’s long-time boyfriend Josh Heinz knows more than he lets on, but as usual he’s not telling her anything. In fact, everyone knows more but nobody’s talking. But that never stops Sémya Slotin, Detective Extraordinaire, from finding out the truth beneath the lies…
But at what cost? Old conspiracies and secrets resurface that put them all in peril. Sémya’s worst fears about her relationship with Josh and his past are confirmed, and the rift between them may never heal.
Sémya and Polliannah’s world is falling apart. Will they be able to come out of this stronger?
Oh, and did I mention that Polliannah got married?
This story just keeps getting better and better. Even though I enjoyed the last book in Polliannah's POV, I was glad to get back to Semya diving into a new case. I really love the way Seyma is and how she stays true to herself. We see a new side of her, becoming a little more vulnerable, and it's refreshing to see this side of her, knowing she's kept most people an arms length away for a long time.
And FINALLY, we find out who Josh is. But of course, with that mystery out of the way, it feels like a million more questions pop up.
The story is very engaging. I read 90% of the book in one sitting and regretted the decision in the morning, but I'd most likely end up doing it again.
The issues I had with perspective in the first book seemed to be fixed by this one. It was easy to tell who was thinking what. Minor issues like name mix ups stole away from the story occasionally, but easily forgotten once you get back into the story.
4/5 Platypires and taking a wee break before starting the next one.