In this sequel to Tabula Rasa (2014), Lippert-Martin returns to her tale of a girl who’s lost her memory but gained some extraordinary powers and the young hacker who fought a corrupt hospital establishment by her side.
Angel thought she’d be able to leave the past behind and start a new life, free from threat, in her beloved New York City with her boyfriend, Thomas. Only hours into their first date, their world is turned upside down again. Thomas is kidnapped, and someone tries to murder Angel, right under the noses of their protection detail, who do nothing to help. If it weren’t for a strange kid named Mikey, Angel would have died and there would be no clues to follow to track Thomas. But whoever is after Thomas…and perhaps Angel…seems to have plans for Mikey as well. As this unlikely trio races from one clue to the next, one threat to the next, Angel knows she’s going to need every bit of help her enhanced brain and elusive memories can provide if she’s going to keep everyone alive. While the action is nonstop, these characters are paper-thin and the plot so convoluted that readers new to the series will have difficulty understanding intercharacter relationships or motivations. Angel narrates in an undistinguished present tense that makes even action scenes feel ponderous. She, Thomas, and Mikey are all white.
This may make readers yearn for a do-over with a truly blank slate. (Thriller. 12-18)