16-year-old Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival.
When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.
One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father.
Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.
This book caught me by surprise. I thought I’d be reading another fancy lady in distress waiting for her father to come back. But it turns out, this lady, Grace, could hold her own. She didn’t believe that her father was dead. She’s quite tough, adamant, inquisitive, determined and one helluva girl. She sounds like a great heroine, if you think about it, but she’s got flaws too. Sometimes, I myself would like to kick her butt and tell her to just roll with it.
Anyway, this was a page-turner, I was like an energizer bunny that kept reading and reading until I get to the matter at hand. Her father’s disappearance isn’t the only mystery in the book. There’s the issue about animal poaching and the case of an ex-boyfriend she couldn’t forget nor forgive. Well, she got distracted by Mo, a British rogue who was “abso-bloody-lutely” attractive, if I may say so. But her spirits weren’t deterred and she didn’t let her emotions get the best of her.
The ending was something else! Actually, it was shocking and unbelievable. Grace finally got to the bottom of her dad’s disappearance. I really didn’t expect it to end like that, and this made me think of reading the next book. I liked the way SR Johannes kept up the pace and mystery in the story, it was worth reading until at the last chapter.
Sometimes you need to let go. Sometimes you just can’t.