Tired travelers and weary truckers have stopped at rest areas on the nation’s highways for decades to refuel, grab a bite, and maybe get some shut-eye, but one man’s rest stop is another’s hunting ground. For decades the defenseless, the weary, and the stranded have disappeared along the highways and byways, vanishing without a trace, but these seemingly unconnected incidents are no coincidence, and a madman stalks the freeways.
When FBI special agent Maggie O’Dell and her partner, Tully, discover the remains of a young woman in a highway ditch, the one clue left behind is a map that will send Maggie and Tully on a frantic hunt crisscrossing the country to stop a madman before he kills again.
As the body count rises and Maggie races against the clock to unmask the monster who’s terrorizing the nation’s highways, she turns to a former foe for help since he seems to know just what the killer’s next move will be. As she gets closer to finding the killer, it becomes eerily clear that Maggie is the ultimate target.
I was reluctant to read this book after I purchased it because of the whole Maggie always being the “ultimate target” – it gets old. However, I love Maggie & Tully and the rest of the crew plus I liked the idea of a killer picking his targets at rest areas. This idea had crossed my mind several times and I was going to use rest areas in Iowa since that is my home state. Well, Kava beat me to it.
I started the book last night and could barely put it down. Luckily we were quite dead so I could read pretty much uninterrupted for 8 full hours. I finished it around 5:30 am. It is classic Kava – I was enthralled almost immediately and couldn’t get away from the need to know what happened next.
Kava hasn’t, in my estimation anyway, been up to her usual self when writing on the Maggie series lately. I felt the last two I read fell kind of short. Not this one – this one was pretty perfect! I knew who the killer was the moment he stepped onto the scene but that was alright – the book kept moving.
You can’t read this one without reading “Fireproof” because it is a sequel and you need the previous book to understand what is going on. The writing, the intensity, and even the familiarity of the area made the book all the more exciting to me. I didn’t want it to end. Maggie is efficient and on the top of her game in this one rather than tired, disenchanted and recovering from the last serial killer’s attempt to kill her.
As such, I give the book a strong A+ and highly recommend it after you read “Fireproof” that is. :-)