A woman searches for her missing lover on the French Riviera as the world teeters on the brink of chaos in Roen’s (Maya Rising, 2015, etc.) near-future thriller.
Maya Jade, an American residing in the south of France, lives in dangerous times. The year is 2018, and the world as she knows it is quickly disintegrating due to ecological disasters and widespread political corruption. She’s built a successful career and enjoyed glamorous parties among the European jet set, but those days are almost over as the Russian Mafia solidifies its power over Monaco and the French Riviera. When her sister, Leah, invites her to return to the United States and seek safety at the family compound in Oregon, Maya is tempted—but first she must tend to some unfinished business. She had a falling-out with her doctor lover, Julian, but a psychic has predicted that he’ll come back, raising Maya’s hopes for a reunion. Enlisting the help of longtime friend Giovanni, she searches for her lost love throughout the area. Along the way, she uncovers a human-trafficking ring and meets Abdul, a powerful man whose seductive charms may be irresistible. Roen creates an arresting pastiche of apocalyptic fiction and erotic romance that’s anchored by a strong heroine. Its depiction of a futuristic Côte d’Azur on the brink of anarchy is particularly striking; even as questions swirl about a possible Russian takeover, the wealthy continue to party and gamble all night in decadent nightclubs and casinos. Roen also paints a vivid picture of what’s taking place in a future America via the emails that Maya receives. Maya herself is an intriguing, resourceful heroine whose compassionate nature is complemented by Julian’s. Her journals serve as a frame for the story—a clever device that brings a sense of immediacy to her predicament while also allowing for solid character development.
A fast-paced thriller
featuring exotic locales and an intriguing cast of characters.