New York Times bestselling author Taylor Stevens introduces a pair of wild cards into the global spy game—a brother and sister who were raised to deceive—and trained to kill . . .
From earliest memory they’ve been taught to hide, to hunt, to survive. Jack and Jill, feuding twins who can never stop running. Clare, mentor more than mother, steeped them in the art of espionage, honed their skills in weaponry, surveillance, and sabotage. But as they grew older they came to question her motives, her methods—and her sanity . . .
Now twenty-six, the twins are trying to lead normal lives. But when Clare goes missing, they realize her paranoid delusions are real. A twisted trail from the CIA to the KGB will lead them to an underground network of global assassins where hunters become the hunted.
Where everyone wants them dead . . .
“The best thriller I've read this year. . . right up there with Lisa Gardner and Lee Child.”
“A twisting tale of espionage and revenge, compelling and addicting.”
“An exceptional thriller . . . the most fascinating characters I've seen in years. Bravo!”
“A high-octane thriller.”
This high-octane series launch from Stevens (The Mask) introduces twins Jonathan and Julia Smith, aka Jack and Jill. Starting at age five, the siblings lived like spies, constantly changing names and moving from country to country while learning guerilla and psychological warfare from their mother, Clare. As teenagers, they came to suspect that their mother was mentally ill, so when the now-estranged 26-year-olds receive an urgent maternal summons, they assume that Clare is in the grips of yet another paranoid delusion until her off-the-grid Texas compound explodes. With Clare missing and mercenaries swarming the property, Jack and Jill go on the run, determined to locate their mother and learn the truth about their past. Abundant action, unexpected twists, and a kaleidoscopic narrative keep the pace brisk and the tension high. Stevens takes too long to develop her point-of-view characters, which undermines the story's drama and lessens its emotional heft, but the cinematic plot entertains, and a nail-biting conclusion gratifies while raising the stakes for book two.