The prologue begins when Lindsay and Joe enter the Hague’s International Zone and meet their friend Anna who is about to testify against a monster who destroyed her life years ago. Chapter one begins with a flashback from five years before, and the excitement never lets up.
Lindsay’s story centers around three missing school teachers whose lives all hold mysteries that might explain their disappearance. Patterson’s and Paetro's use of short chapters and heavy dialogue keep the story moving along and the reader often on the edge of his/her seat. Lindsay and her partner Rich keep hitting stone walls in their search for the women, and even with the help of investigative reporter Cindy, medical examiner Claire and prosecutor Yuki, things begin to look dismal.
Meanwhile Joe comes in contact with Anna who tells him that there is a war criminal living several blocks away from her home. Slobodan Petrović was the man who led the attack on her village and raped and tortured her repeatedly. Joe is determined to find justice for Anna even though this “red-faced hog” seems untouchable.
Watching the authors connect the dots, and connect the two cases kept my interest throughout, and once again I regretted seeing a murder club book come to an end.
Publisher - Little, Brown and Company
Date of Publication - April 29, 2019