Hardcover, 309 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
Format read: E-ARC via NetGalley
Readers will be taken along with Anna and Ethan in an exciting, nail-biting journey, as they work to defeat Thomas once and for all, and try to help Anna escape her past forever.
Anna Boyd almost lost her life to get what she wanted most in the world: freedom.
But just when it seems that her family has finally escaped Witness Protection, the illusion that Anna could resume a normal life comes crashing down.
The deadly man Anna knows as Thomas is still on the loose, and now he's using her as a pawn in a dangerous game with the drug cartel determined to silence her forever. When Thomas and a mysterious masked man capture not only Anna but also her fragile younger sister and her boyfriend, Anna decides it's time to break all the rules-even if it means teaming up with the lesser of two evils.
Anna will do whatever it takes to protect the people she loves and win her life back once and for all. But her true enemies are hidden in plain sight. Before long, Anna will learn that putting her trust in anyone may be the last mistake she ever makes.
Ashley brings us back into Anna's world, not too long after the events of the first book. Anna's secret is now out in the open, and she's become a steady couple with Ethan. Her family is also on the mend; her mother is now in rehab, and her family is no longer looking over their shoulders, as they have for so long.
However, an unexpected memento from Anna's past turns up, and Anna and Ethan quickly realize that the danger isn't over. They're pulled into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with Thomas, and quickly realize that there are no depths that dangerous criminals won't go to, to make sure that they come out on top.
From the very first page, it's obvious that we're dealing with a different Anna this time around. She's learned from the events of the first book, and is more mature and measured, as she tries to deal with an impossible situation. I loved seeing the choices that she made - both right and wrong - as she tries her best to figure out how to save everyone involved, while also trying to figure out how to end her past demons, once and for all.
Elston brings back many familiar faces to the book, and it's both thrilling and surprising to see how they fit into this new and deadly twist to Anna's life. I was particularly struck by the depth that Anna's friends were willing to go to in order to protect her, proving that this is a very different situation for all involved, this time around.
It's difficult to share why this book works without giving away spoilers, but suffice it to say: Anna's journey is a dangerous and intriguign one, while Elston proves that she's a talented writer to watch.
She brings us back to Anna's world, flawlessly integrating us into Anna and Ethan's continued struggle to help her escape from her past forever. Along the way, we see just how she and her family have grown since the first novel, and how when Anna puts her mind to it, she is definitely a force to be reckoned with.
I recommend this book for fans of the first book, and also for readers who are looking for a YA contemporary that will keep them riveted from beginning to end.