Sloane Burbank is doing her best to forge a new life for herself as an independent consultant after being injured on the job and leaving the FBI. She fills her days with conferences, seminars and investigations that allow her to use her skills yet put no stress on her injured hand, which was severely slashed during a takedown when she was still with the FBI.
When contacted out of the blue by the mother of her childhood friend, Penny Truman, Sloane is alarmed to hear that Penny has been missing for a year with no clue as to where or why she disappeared. Sloane immediately agrees to go over the reports from the investigation into Penny’s disappearance and see if she can wring out any additional information in order to locate her former companion.
Although her hopes of finding Penny alive are slim, Sloane still gives the case her all as she does everything she undertakes. Even if she can do nothing more than find a body or answers to Penny’s disappearance in order to help Penny’s parents move on, she’s determined to do it. Unfortunately, doing so puts her into close contact with her former lover and co-worker, Special Agent Derek Parker.
Penny knows that Derek is going to be completely underwhelmed by her reappearance into his life, yet loyalty to Penny and the Trumans drives Sloane on to face a demon from her past. It’s just too bad that this particular demon has the appearance of a god and still has the power to make her heart race and her pulse pound.
It doesn’t take long for Sloane and Derek to find themselves thrown together by this investigation, which escalates quickly. Sloane’s research into the disappearing women and Derek’s assignment investigating into Chinese organized crime and murdered sex workers amazingly cross paths and bring them both to the trail of the same killer. Unfortunately, the women who have already disappeared and those who have died are not satisfying the perpetrator, and Sloane becomes his next target.
While Sloane works to find the unaccounted-for victims and Derek struggles to protect the woman he loves, the killer makes alarming progress in his sick plan. The clock is ticking as victim after victim disappears, and the case takes one ugly turn after another.
Will Sloane be able to save the many women whose families are frantic with worry? Will Derek be able to protect Sloane, who has quickly worked her way back into his heart? Will time and police work be enough, or will they all fall victim to the evil that is at work? The only way to find out is to keep turning those pages!
Two highly motivated investigators and a madman obsessed with the Greek goddesses of mythology all combine to make TWISTED an unputdownable page turner, and it’s easy to find yourself caught up in the investigation and the fate of these women as are Derek and Sloane. Andrea Kane has penned yet another book that urges --- no, make that demands --- the reader race to the conclusion with all the intensity and purpose of the main characters. Fans will be glad to know that a sequel is in the works!
Reviewed by Amie Taylor on April 1, 2008