- Author Jeffery Deaver
What I like about Deaver is the ability to cross information throughout the series without being dull, repetitive or patronising. In this one we have plenty of familiar characters, who all have history that shapes the way they work. There’s even a glimpse of one of the criminals from a previous book, and at no step of the way was I thinking “shh, I know this, get on with it.” That could be to do with my bad memory though.
Anyway, the story itself is completely terrifying. As someone who shares part of their life on the internet, I have learnt plenty about privacy, but this book - about crimes involving data mining - opened my eyes to a whole other level. It almost makes you want to log off everything and go and live in a cave, but even then, they’d probably be able to track you somehow.
This story is rather less graphic than some of the others, although there is still plenty of blood and death. If you can stand it, you should give it a read, if only to give yourself a taster of the “Big Brother is Watching You” world we live in.