Jenny Aaron, part of an elite government group, is shot in the head on an assignment and left blind. After five years, she returns to the elite group. OK--first, before losing her sight, Jenny Aaron was legendary for her skills and on returning, she is so good that most don't even recognize she is blind. So...a little over the top.
Although Pfluger has researched therapy and rehabilitation for the blind, for Jenny Aaron to be so physically skilled (better than sighted individuals) in the martial arts, etc.--requires suspension of disbelief. (We really owe Coleridge for that term, which we apply so readily in reviewing.)
Nevertheless, I did accept Jenny's skills for the sake of the story. The secondary characters are also a bit over-the-top but interesting and well-drawn, especially Jenny's friend Pavlik, a sniper of tremendous skill and patience.
Flashbacks, memories, and dream sequences are interspersed throughout the novel, and the writing is excellent.
Thriller. 2016. Print length: 464 pages.
I read this one first because it was an ARC from NetGalley, but strongly recommend beginning with In the Dark since the incidents in In the Dark make understanding the plot in A Shadow Falls much easier to comprehend.
The man responsible for Jenny's blindness, Ludger Holme, has given her a dubious gift. Jenny knows that it is a trap, but nevertheless plans to see it through because there is a puzzle she is compelled to unravel.
Accompanied by Pavlik, Jenny goes to Marrakesh to set the ball rolling, realizing the danger, but willing to find out more about her father's death.
Lots of action, more flashbacks, memories, and dream sequences. Twisting, complex, and ultimately engrossing.
Thriller. Oct. 16, 2019. Print version: 448 pages.