The Peri Reed Chronicles, Book 2
Synopsis: On-the-run ex-agent Peri Reed returns bigger and bolder than ever in this second highly-anticipated installment in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison’s new suspense trilogy, The Peri Reed Chronicles.
Peri Reed’s job eats her mind, but for a special task agent in hiding, forgetting the past can be a blessing.
Betrayed by the man she thought she loved and the agency who turned her into the very thing she fought against, Peri abandoned the wealth and privilege of Opti for anonymity riddled with memory gaps and self-doubt. But when a highly addictive drug promises to end her dependency on those who’d use her as a tool for their own success, she must choose to remain broken and vulnerable, or return to the above-the-law power and prestige she once left: strong but without will—for whoever holds her next fix, will hold her loyalty.
Yet even now as then, a love based on lies of omission might still save her life.
Review: I liked the first book but it’s true that something was still missing for me. So I started this one while waiting to see what would be my feeling and I confess that I was a bit more taken by the story this time.
Peri Reed finally managed to flee Opti to try to build a simpler life even if it is still very difficult for her to deal with the betrayal and the consequences of the previous volume. Yet her memory holes remain a big problem and although she might prefer to remember everything, it is actually quite an unattainable dream. She suspected that the organization would not let her go that easily… But this time, their offer is quite attractive and they propose her an addictive drug which could help her remember everything, while enslaving her. As they alone hold the product. This is a very difficult choice that our heroine has to do but she knows that she can not trust Opti. Parallel to all this, we find all the characters of the first volumes including Michael who wants more than anything to get his hands on this drug and then have the power he thinks due to him. And for that, he’s really ready for anything!
It is true that I was easily carried away by the story while trying to understand how Peri was going to resolve all her problems. I must say that it is quite difficult and as if that was not enough, she begins to realize that her forgotten memories affect other characters that evolve around her and that she finally forgot some important events. Trying to oppose Opti, she will make new allies but also powerful enemies and this is how we enter a race against time where both parties will compete. I loved to learn more about our heroine and to see her realizing what she imposed on people she loved. Jake is here again and I admit that I was curious to see what she would do about him with all her contradictory feelings … It’s really not easy but the author has conducted her subject with a constant action throughout the novel.
To conclude, to me, this volume was a bit more than the first one and I admit that I’m curious to see what the author will offer us later. The idea is always original and it’s true that while Peri hopes to have a quiet life, she will realize that it is far from possible.