Kaia is the daughter of professional assassins whose final job went bad and killed them both. Now, however, Kaia has some reason to believe that her mother might be alive, and she sets out with her boyfriend, Oliver, to find out.
Fortunately, Kaia’s parents trained her in some of their methods, and Kaia knows where their safe houses are. After a mysterious man attacks her, asking the whereabouts of her mother, Kaia decides that she must find her. With Oliver, who has learned to survive an abusive foster father, she makes her way to the first safe house, where they find abundant cash, weapons, and a convenient, unremarkable car. However, it seems they’re being tracked—and attacked—as they travel. Narrowly winning fights and continuing to evade their pursuers, they finally and surprisingly meet with Kaia’s uncle, who knows exactly what has happened to Kaia’s mother and where she is. Despite the extreme danger, the trio travels there in an attempt to find her. Of course, it may be that Kaia herself doesn’t know the whole truth. Scott delivers a zippy narrative that downplays romance. The result is a story with all the driving suspense of a spy thriller. She divides the narrative between Kaia and Oliver in alternating first-person chapters, creating interesting, well-rounded characters. Oliver appears to be white, while Kaia is of at least half-Mexican heritage.
A page-turner. (Thriller. 12-18)