The survivor of a vicious crime confronts her fears in a hunt for a serial killer.
Tossed into a dumpster when she was 1 month old, Nina Esperanza was raised in a series of foster homes. At 16, she was abducted and tortured. At 17, she won legal emancipation and a new surname. At 27, she’s an FBI agent who incarnates the female warrior of her chosen name, Guerrera. After a home video of her besting two assailants goes viral, a murdered runaway in a dumpster refers obliquely in death to Nina. The young victim looks like her—petite, Latina—and shows the same signs of abuse. And a cipher for “hope is dead” makes clear that the man who kidnapped Nina is targeting her again. She’s invited to join the Behavioral Analysis Unit to find him, though it means working with a BAU specialist she has reason to resent. And despite the exposure of her past during the investigation, Nina’s determination to catch the man now known as the Cipher for his increasingly complex coded messages only grows as he kills again to send her a message: that he won’t stop until he has Nina in his grasp once more.
Forensic analysis, violent action, and a tough heroine who stands up to the last man on earth she wants to see again.
Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2020
Page Count: 336
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Review Posted Online: July 29, 2020
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2020