Conspiracy Girl – Sarah Alderson – Simon & Schuster – Published 12 February 2015
Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings – the Bel Air home invasion that rocked the nation.
There was only one survivor – a sixteen year-old girl.
And though the killers were caught they walked free.
Now eighteen, Nic Preston – the girl who survived – is trying hard to rebuild her life. She’s security conscious to the point of paranoia and her only friend is a French Mastiff bulldog, but she’s making progress. She’s started college in New York and has even begun dating.
But then one night her apartment is broken into and the life Nic’s worked so hard to create is shattered in an instant.
Finn Carter – hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s killers walked free from court. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best and possibly only chance of staying alive is by keeping close to Finn and learning to trust the person she’s sworn to hate.
Fleeing across a snowbound New England, frantically trying to uncover the motive behind the murders, Nic and Finn come to realize the conspiracy is bigger than they could ever have suspected. But the closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, the greater the danger becomes.
To survive she has to stay close to him.
To keep her safe he has to keep his distance.
What an action-packed book. For some reason I put this book down just after starting it to read some others. Which is strange, because once I picked it up again it was un-put-downable. Fantastic action and suspense and great romance.
Nic’s life changed the night her mother and step-sister were brutally murdered. For Nic, life has gone on, but it is a life of constant fear. When her apartment is broken into and her neighbour shot, she must go into hiding. But the last person she expects to help her is the man who helped the killers walk free. Finn has many skills: surveillance, mixed marshal arts, computer hacking, coding and being gorgeous, and he is more than happy to help solve the mystery of who organised the murder of Nic’s family. He is just unprepared for the emotional shakeup that Nic brings to his life. Soon the two will have to learn to trust each other as they run for their lives.
I love Sarah Alderson’s books, particularly the Lila series and her more recent release Out Of Control. Conspiracy Girl has the same mix of action, mystery, engaging plot line and, of course, epic romantic tension. It is nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat, let’s-skip-dinner-to-keep-reading stuff. I loved the tension that sizzles between Nic and Finn. Nic is the perfect mix of kick-but and terrified and Finn is geeky cool, protective and gorgeous (have I mentioned that before?). Intrigue, shoot-outs, Finn, car chases, more Finn, cool computer skills, shirt-less Finn – what more could you want? Loved it.
Category: New Adult/ Young adult fiction
Genre: Action Suspense.
Age guide: 14 and up.
Advisory: Violence. Mild sexual references.
Themes: Crime. Romance. Suspense.
Published: 5 May 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire.
Format: Paperback. 320 pages.
Author’s website: Sarah Alderson.