This book is all about dr. Maura Isles while Jane Rizzoli remains in the background this time. I don’t mind although the setting isn’t that of a detective story but rather that of a disaster movie with all kind of drama going from bad to worse and even more worse: Isles struggles in her relationship with the unreachable David and grows more and more unhappy. Being on a ME convention and meeting an acquaintance from university might offer just the right diversion for her. Finally she is able to laugh again but the small weekend trip into the Wyoming mountains turns out to be a death trap. A car accident, a deserted settlement, mixed emotions and fatal decisions worsen Maura’s predicament.
While Maura has to fight all kinds of demons Jane is still in Boston until she gets notice of Maura’s disappearance and – what might be her – death. Of course she wants to find out what’s going on and leaves for Wyoming, accompanied by her husband Dean and Maura’s lover David.
After the last book I complained that I missed some male characters; well, I got quite enough in this book, but most of them are vicious and malicious, except for the marvellous boy Julian who turns out to be the hero of this book. But one has to read the complete page-turner form Gerritsen to find out whether this Kasper-Hauser-like bloke has a chance to survive.
Although it is a compelling story, all of it is rather far-fetched so I’ll end awarding no more than 3 stars to this work of utter fiction.