A computer hacker’s criminal past comes back to haunt her in this “edge-of-your-seat thriller” from the author of Vanished (Alison Gaylin, USA Today–bestselling author).
Nicole Jones lives off the grid. She doesn’t have a driver’s license, passport, or even a bank account. She definitely doesn’t own a computer. Operating bike tours on Block Island, she hasn’t left her New England refuge in fifteen years. But it’s not that she’s afraid of the world. She’s afraid of what she could do to it if she ever plugged back in. Because Nicole Jones isn’t her real name. Still wanted by the FBI, she was once one of the best cyberthieves in the business.
When the last person Nicole wants to see suddenly appears on the island, using a name he knows will draw her out, Nicole realizes that no one can hide forever—not even her. As her secret past comes to light and her carefully-constructed life starts to unravel, Nicole’s long-time haven becomes a prison, and her only chance for survival is hacking her way out.
Olson (Shot Girl and three other Annie Seymour mysteries) starts more strongly than she finishes in this thriller about an enigmatic woman in hiding. The 40-year-old person who now calls herself Nicole Jones abandoned her old life 15 years before the book begins. She has exiled herself to Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island, where she works as a bike tour operator. Nicole, who has assumed a new persona along with her new name, has settled into a comfortable routine, hanging out mostly with her closest friend, Steve McQueen (no relation to the actor), who hopes that their relationship will become more than platonic. Gradually, the reader learns exactly what led Nicole to vanish and why she has cut herself off from the outside world. Inevitably, Nicole must deal with the fallout once Steve and the others she has come to know on the island learn that she's been less than honest with them. The character interactions are of more interest than the overly familiar plot.