Sam Ryan, now an agent for the Special Investigations Unit and partner of the reluctant Gabriel Stern investigates a series of murders. Time is of the essence as a new victim turns up every twelve hours. At first the victims seem unrelated but soon they discover it all seems to tie in with a military base called Hopeworth. When hints about Sam’s mysterious history start appearing, could she be tied in with it all and why. As her burgeoning talents continue to develop it seems more important than ever to discover where she came from. Gabriel frustratingly still refuses to work with her as a full partner and tries to keep her in the dark but as he suspects, Sam isn’t too happy about it.
This is the second book in the Spook Squad series and I enjoyed it just as much as the first. It’s fresh, interesting and engaging and I like the characters a lot. You do want to smack Gabriel at times for his obtuseness but you do also understand why he is reluctant to take on a partner again. The chemistry between them is strong and you get tantalising glimpses of what could be but evidently it’s not meant to be. Doesn’t stop you wanting it to happen though. I also like the way Sam deals with everything with an admirable matter of factness, each new task or obstacle thrown at her she just shoulders it and gets on with the job. I find my heart aching for her at times, wanting her to have the answers she needs but I’m not sure she will be able to cope with what they might turn out to be. Hopefully all will be revealed in the next book!