What a perfect storm - an espionage thriller combined with identity theft in the pandemic. The protagonist, Ash, has shot a Russian crime leader named Vlad, who lies in a UCLA hospital bed in a coma. But how deep is his coma, and will he recover to come after her? The hospital is overwhelmed with Covid cases, and unlikely to keep tabs on him. Then comes more crisis when Ash and her boyfriend, Michael, rescue a woman they find near death on a deserted beach, and help to get her transported to the hospital. The mystery woman recovers and leaves the hospital having stolen Ash’s identity – driver’s license, medical insurance, everything. Then the violent Russian escapes, and what follows is a plunge into one frightening twist after another.
What distinguishes this thriller is its fine writing, deeply atmospheric, intelligent and emotional. It is another example of the author’s gift for showing ordinary people’s struggle to survive in terrifying circumstances. I enjoyed this book immensely and will recommend it to friends. Well done, five stars!