I went into this book not knowing that it was one of a series and that these characters were well known to fans of the author. For that reason, I found the character development weak if this book is to be considered on its own. There are characters and side storylines I did not understand, found unnecessary and even distracting.
That said, it is an interesting thriller. There is a lot of dialogue, which I loved. The book moves quickly and you do want to see Alice caught and Bennie restored back into the life that Alice tried to steal. I think I would have liked this book a lot more if I had read all of the earlier ones. However, I did not find the characters to be so engaging that I want to know more. The heroine, Bennie, is pretty unlovable, and who wants to read more about an unlovable heroine?