Each day is a struggle for Amanda Gleason’s newborn son as he battles a rare immune deficiency. Justin’s best chance for a cure lies with his father, who was brutally murdered before Amanda even realized she carried his child.
Or was he?
One emailed photo changes everything, planting a seed of doubt that Amanda latches onto for dear life: a recent photo of a man who looks exactly like Paul. Could Justin’s father be alive? The mother in her is desperate to find out. But tracking down a ghost when every second counts is not for amateurs.
Forensic Instincts is the one team up for the challenge.
A behaviorist. A former Navy SEAL. A techno-wizard. An intuitive. A retired FBI agent. A human scent evidence dog. Together, they achieve the impossible, pushing ethical and legal boundaries whenever the ends justify the means.
The manhunt is on for the elusive father. Yet the further the team digs into Paul’s past, the more questions are raised about whether the man Amanda fell in love with ever really existed at all.
Dark secrets. Carefully crafted lies. From the Congressional halls of Washington D.C. to exclusive Hamptons manors, there are ruthless people who would stop at nothing to make Forensic Instincts forget about the man Amanda desperately needs to find.
Little do they realize that once Forensic Instincts takes the case, nothing will stop them from uncovering the shocking truth that transcends The Line Between Here and Gone.
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Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50
First Thought When Finished: Usually it is the case that wins me over in the thriller genre but in this case it was the characters of the FI team!
What I thought of the Case: The FI team was hired to find the “missing and declared dead” father of a dying infant that needed a stem cell transplant. Why? There was a picture snapped of the father well after he died. The mom is desperate and the team will do anything to find him and save the baby. The case should have been nail-biting, heart wrenching, and edge of your seat action. I think it started off strong and ended stronger but there were some pacing issues in the middle. That being said, I thought it was compelling, well thought out, and kept me interested. The twist at the end was brilliant!
What I thought of the Characters: I am in love with the FI team! They are each so unique and bring such a great vibe to the thriller genre. Even though I am not sure they would have worked together under normal circumstances (I am going to have to get book 1 to see if it enlightens me more on how they came together), they click well as a unit. They each have strengths and weaknesses they bring to the table. How they figured out the case would not have worked based on just one of their skill sets alone, it took the whole team. I don’t have a favorite member of the team but the geek in me is sort of leaning towards Ryan.
What I thought overall: While there were some pacing issues; almost everything about the story, the case, and the characters was compelling. The mom, baby, and father story lines had plenty of twists and turns. You really are hard pressed to know who the good guys and who the bad guys are in Amanda’s (the mom) world.
Final Thought: I do recommend The Line Between Here and Gone to anyone who loves a good thriller solved by a team of dedicated but unorthodox professionals.