You can’t outrun the Registration
Imagine it’s legal to commit one murder in your lifetime?if you Register the victim and accomplish the kill within fourteen days. So when Lynell Mize stands in line to Register the man who abused her as a child, she’s shocked to hear a stranger Register her to be killed. Why would anyone who doesn't know her squander his one legal murder on her? Desperate to survive the next two weeks, she must find out who wants to kill her?and why.
Easier said than done as Lynell soon discovers that multiple strangers have used their Registration on her. Along the way, she reunites with her estranged husband who is determined to dig up a past Lynell prefers to keep buried. With only days left to live, Lynell fights to uncover the truth and survive a destiny not of her choosing.
In the not too distant dystopian future of Lawson's earnest debut, each citizen—for an affordable fee—is given the one-time-only right to murder a person of their choice, with no legal repercussions. They have two weeks to complete the kill. If they fail, the chosen victim is safe until someone else chooses to Register them. Lynell Mize, 24, of Dallas, Tex., is waiting in line to Register to kill her abusive stepfather when she hears her own name being Registered by a man who identifies himself as Zachary Price. She has no idea who he is or why he would want her dead. She hastily heads for her apartment to grab a bag, planning to leave the city and lie low for the next two weeks. After a few close calls, she realizes that Zachary isn't the only one who has Registered to kill her. Her attempts at escape only bring her closer to the secret truth about her family's past. Lynell's ability to talk herself out of danger is a bit too facile, and the coincidence-filled plot builds to a perplexing conclusion. This tale of a targeted innocent person on the run isn't up to Hitchcock standards. Agent: Julie Gwynn, Seymour Agency.