Evan Delaney learns that not only has her ex-sister-in-law joined a religious cult, but the unstable young mother plans to regain custody of her son and disappear with him into the fold of the fanatical group. But when murder raises the stakes, Evan is dragged even deeper into the nightmare.
Meg Gardiner's Evan Delaney series, until recently only available in the U.K. (where the American Gardiner lives with her family), is coming to U.S. readers this summer.China LakeMeg Gardiner. Obsidian, (416p) After giving up her law career to work as a legal researcher and science fiction writer, Evan Delaney is also helping her fighter pilot brother, Brian, raise his six-year-old son, Luke. But soon Luke's mother, Tabitha, reappears as a member of the Remnant, a fundamentalist religious group that targets the funeral of Evan's friend Claudine, who died of AIDS. Led by the fanatical pastor Peter Wyoming, the Remnant preaches of a coming apocalypse and urges its members to cleanse themselves of all things satanic. Tabitha demands custody of Luke; the church attacks Evan for her sacrilegious books and Brian for his role in the evil known as the federal government. Things heat up when a member of the Remnant is murdered, and the police arrest Brian as the key suspect. Gardiner nimbly turns what could be a tired plot into a suspenseful thriller, thanks in part to the quick-witted and even quicker tempered Evan.Gardiner's stand-alone novel, The Dirty Secrets Club (Dutton, July), will be the author's first simultaneous release in the U.S. and the U.K. Obsidian plans to release the remaining Evan Delaney novels monthly. China Lake's June release will be followed by Mission Canyon in July, Jericho Point in August, Crosscut in September and, in October, Kill Chain.
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Not a fan of words I can't pronounce
I enjoyed the story line but she used a lot of big words to describe the situations and made it hard to follow because of trying to learn to pronounce the words. I think she tried too hard to empress her readers with her vocabulary that she forgot that we just want an easy read and one we can relate to. But still a fan of Meg Gardiner!!!