A People Magazine Best New Book Pick
Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Year by CrimeReads, LitHub, and Book Riot!
“If you’re looking for a dark, moody, complex thriller with a complex woman protagonist this is your series. I love love love these books."--Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Hunger
From Strand Critics Award winner Sheena Kamal, comes the third novel featuring the brilliant, fearless, deeply flawed Nora Watts whose vendetta against a triad enforcer escalates when he places a target on her daughter's back.
Find your enemy. Before he finds you.
Nora Watts has a talent for seeing what lies beneath strangers’ surfaces, and for knowing what they’re working hard to keep hidden. Somehow, it’s the people closest to her she has trouble truly connecting with. In the case of Bonnie, the teenage daughter Nora gave up for adoption, she has to keep trying. For Bonnie has a target on her back—and it’s all because of Nora.
Two years ago, Bonnie was kidnapped by the wealthy Zhang family. Though Nora rescued her, she made a powerful enemy in Dao, a mysterious triad enforcer and former head of the Zhangs’ private security. Now Dao is out for revenge, and she needs to track him down in order to keep herself—and Bonnie—safe.
On Dao’s trail, Nora forms an unlikely partnership with Bernard Lam, an eccentric playboy billionaire with his own mysterious grudge to bear, and reunites with Jon Brazuca, ex-cop turned private investigator and Nora’s occasional ally. From Canada to southeast Asia they pursue Dao, uncovering a shadowy criminal cabal. But soon, the trail will lead full circle to Vancouver, the only home Nora’s ever known, and right to the heart of her brutal past.
A complicated backstory weighs down Canadian author Kamal's tiresome third Nora Watts novel (after 2018's It All Falls Down). Nora's 17-year-old daughter, Bonnie, believes she's being followed. Meanwhile, Nora learns that, unbeknownst to her, she barely escaped being killed during her recent stay in Detroit. Nora puts the two incidents together and concludes that her arch nemesis, Dao, a man of great wealth with criminal contacts, is out to get her; her only hope is to get to him first. She's aided by her loyal friends and her uncanny knack of knowing when people are lying to her. Kamal recaps the first two books in an effort to explain why Nora and Bonnie are being targeted, but the frequent pauses for exposition stop the narrative flow. That the troubled Nora has relatability issues she prefers the company of her dog to that of most people is another minus. Those who value humor or wit in their mysteries will have to look elsewhere.