A mysterious killer once again targets Nearly “Leigh” Boswell for science-themed murders and harassment.
In Nearly Gone (2014), TJ Wiles murdered Leigh’s tutees to punish her for her father’s crimes. Now TJ is in prison, but his father, Reggie, has just been released. When a second series of violent acts begins—a set of threatening, physics-related notes left inside Leigh’s and others’ homes, a drug dealer’s girlfriend murdered, a local business burned to the ground—Leigh is certain they are Reggie’s doing. Interning at a forensic-science lab, Leigh gets a chance to learn how evidence is collected…and to give herself unauthorized access to fingerprint databases and more. Leigh’s stubbornness, recklessness, and willingness to bend rules to her own ends make her a compellingly flawed character. Tension runs high as Leigh keeps secrets, sneaks around physical and electronic security systems, and enlists allies with their own agendas. Some loose ends aren’t entirely tied up (readers never do learn, for instance, whether there are consequences for Leigh’s taking liberties at the forensics lab). The dramatic conclusion, however, answers the novel’s biggest questions—both plot-related and philosophical—with aplomb.
A sequel every bit as nail-biting as its predecessor. (Mystery. 14-18)