Book Review: A Minute to Midnight, Atlee Pine Thriller Book 2, David Baldacci
Thriller: A Minute to Midnight, Atlee Pine Thriller Book 2, David Baldacci
Atlee Pine’s life has been shaped by one seminal event. When she was six, her twin sister was kidnapped. She was never found. Atlee herself was beaten and nearly killed by the kidnapper. Left for dead, she survived and grew up to become an FBI agent. But the mystery of her own life still haunts her.
Accompanied by her assistant, Pine takes some time and returns to her home in Georgia to reexamine the events through the eyes of a trained agent. However, soon after she arrives, bodies begin appearing in her small hometown. Is it a coincidence that as soon as she shows up a serial killer begins working? Or is it somehow improbably tied to the events of thirty years ago?
In his usual fashion, David Baldacci puts together a complex plot filled with interesting characters. Pine and her assistant, Charlotte Blum, are joined by a member of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Also participating in the investigations is an old colleague from the FBI with whom Pine has a complex history. And a plethora of local characters find their way into the story: an investment multimillionaire, a tech guru and his wife, the owner of the local hotel, and the elderly man who is squatting in the Pines’ old house.
Filled with twists and turns, A Minute to Midnight sends readers on a wild journey. Baldacci does not stop introducing surprises until the very end, when a final surprise opens the door to what I hope will be many sequels to come.
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