In the second installment of Roberts’ (Ed Savage and the Savage Murders Trilogy, 2016) thriller series, the Savage family confronts kidnappers and salacious rumors.
After the events of the last novel, wealthy intelligence operative and TV star Ed Savage and his family members are recovering from the loss of loved ones. One of those lost is Cara Vanderran Savage, Ed’s sister-in-law; her sister, Zolie Vanderran, seeks closure at the Vreeland Hills Sanatorium, where she hopes to speak to one of the inmates responsible for Cara’s death. Unfortunately, Dr. Stanley Sinardi works there, and he has a grudge against Ed for stealing the spotlight on Stan’s reality TV series, Phantom Finders, and later pitting his own show against Stan’s. Later, when Ed and other Savages go looking for Zolie, they face not only Stan, but another deadly doctor who took her captive. Ed’s troubles only escalate after someone abducts two of his nieces; an interviewer blindsides him with an allegation of “sick sex games”; and an old case of his resurfaces following the discovery of warheads from a missing submarine. Meanwhile, Ed’s wife, Marlo, who’s preparing to be on the reality show Tycoon Wives, gets distressing news that could destroy the couple’s marriage, and a subsea earthquake triggers a tsunami that puts multiple Savage family members in peril. Clearly, Roberts packs his frenzied novel with numerous subplots and characters. His ability to manage them all is most impressive, and he makes the relationships between the many players abundantly clear. (That said, it is recommended that readers first tackle Volume 1 in order to understand relevant references.) Likewise, the author bounces around various plotlines with ease; for instance, he effectively establishes the creepiness of the hospital before Ed and company stroll its corridors. The story dabbles in multiple genres, including action and horror, and the family drama could have filled a book on its own. The end result is a dizzying ride, and readers will doubtlessly anticipate the Savages’ third go-round.
Heady, madcap fun in a sequel that surpasses the original.