Girl of Rage by Charles Sheehan-Miles
Book 2 of the Rachel’s Peril Trilogy
Four days ago, Andrea Thompson agreed to fly to the United States to help her sister Carrie. Four days ago, everything changed.
Now Andrea is lost and on the run. Dylan Paris is missing. Julia and Crank Wilson are under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service. The Thompson family is scattered and in danger, and Andrea’s very identity may hold the key to unlock decades of buried secrets.
Andrea, the youngest member of the Thompson clan, sets out on a search to find answers. Who is attacking her family? Who is trying to kill her and why?
As Andrea seeks her answers, everything she thought she knew about her family will be turned upside down.
“We’re dispatching someone right now, can you tell me your name?”
“No. I have to go.”
Andrea set the phone in its cradle and walked to the door. She set the chain on the door and turned the deadbolt. Then she ran for the back window. It was small, but she should be able to fit through. High above the toilet, the glass frosted. She slid the window back.
Damn it. What was she thinking? She should have checked the window first. But the rage, the thumping next door, all of it was just too much. She yanked at the window again, bracing her right leg against the corner of the wall. Slowly, she felt it beginning to separate. Finally, with a sudden crack, the window snapped back and she slipped off the toilet, falling to the floor and hitting her head on the wall. Her vision went white, for just a second.
Jesus. She had to move. Back on her feet, she stretched for the window, lifting herself up and through it with both arms.
Her window was directly above the bed of a white, dirty pick up truck. She let her body fold through the window, hanging on with both arms and flipping over, landing in the truck feet first. The truck was parked in a dirty alley behind the motel. A ten foot high chain link fence, tangled with weeds and brush, was about ten feet from the back wall, the space between worn and potholed concrete. Puddles of filthy looking water filled the potholes.
Andrea jumped to the ground from the back of the truck. Old crushed beer cans and condom wrappers scattered the alley. She ran to the end of the alley then calmly walked out from behind the building. The motel, a grey painted building that looked as if hadn’t been maintained since the 1990s sat on a corner of a two lane road and a larger, six lane divided highway. Annapolis Road was lined on both sides by fast food places, mini-malls, check cashing places and pawnshops.
She walked, back erect, across the two-lane road and sat down at the bus stop. Dylan would be back soon—she could keep an eye out for him here.
Charles Sheehan-Miles does it again with another brilliant book! I think it’s impossible for him to disappoint me. This book is just as explosive and action-packed as Girl of Lies if not MORE! This book was fast paced and impossible to put down. It picks up where Girl of Lies ends. I’m usually pretty forgetful about books in a series and need a re-read, but chose not to with this and found it easy to immerse myself in this story as little details and snippets mentioned were enough to bring everything back to me without being too descriptive or repetitive.
I honestly didn’t even know I liked political fiction until this series came along, but I absolutely love all the mystery, suspense, and unexpected connections as the story unfolds. We get a few answers from book 1, but no worries the evil Charles Sheehan-Miles replaces those with many more questions to fill your brain. ;) One of my complaints with the first book was the difficulty trying to keep up with all the characters. This one was definitely an easier read now that I’m familiar with everyone.. although some of their roles are still a mystery.
This book is told in multiple POVs which I really enjoyed. It adds so much to the story and I found myself completely getting caught up in the lives of all the new/side characters. We still get plenty of the Thompson has they struggle to survive and uncover the secrets surrounding their family.. and there is still a little romance in this book although it’s not the focus.
Overall, I think this is a series that anyone can enjoy. The writing and storytelling is impressive, and this book is definitely one I could see on the big screen. You definitely must read Girl of Lies in before reading this book. The Thompson Sister books are optional, but they are fantastic and I would recommend them. Reading the Thompson Sister books will also increase the emotional connection to the characters.
Charles Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive, and is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including the indie bestsellers Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America’s Future. Charles and his partner Andrea Randall live and write together in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
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Girl of Rage (Rachel’s Peril)
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