Since Gabriel Stern has made it abundantly clear he neither wants nor needs Sam Ryan as a partner, she succeeds in being reassigned only to get a bodyguard detail. The downside is, the man she is assigned to isn’t the real person, he’s a clone and people linked to the base of Hopeworth keep dying. With confusing hints about her childhood and where she came from appearing at random intervals and the mysterious Joe Black who claims to be a friend but her senses say otherwise, will the truth finally come out? With her abilities continuing to develop at a rapid pace, Sam fears she is no longer human, if she even was to start with. All answers seem to lead back to the ex-military project known as Penumbra.
This is the third book in the Spook Squad series and it continues the story nicely. Sometimes in a series, each book stands alone with just the main characters linking them, but Keri Arthur has integrated the storyline seamlessly across the three books. As far as I can tell it was promoted as a trilogy but the story seems far from over. You get a lot of the answers you seek but it’s lacking aftermath and a few things like her attraction with Gabriel Stern are left unexplored. There is also one huge thing left to resolve but I won’t mention it here as it would be a major spoiler. Maybe that was the intention but it felt unfinished so I am hoping there are more books in the works. Again, the characters made the story for me, I love Sam and her ‘I can take care of myself’ attitude which she can even back up. I still want to smack Gabriel occasionally but he is getting easier to deal with, as emotions he has long had locked away start coming out. All three books have been very entertaining and as I said, I hope there will be more!