Aftermath: Terri Blackstock
Three close friends decided to attend a concert of their favorite band. That will be the last time they were ever together. Taylor Reed and her two friends Mara and Desiree were sitting together when Ed Loran entered. Running for President of the United States he was about to make a speech. Just as the candidate took the stage a huge blast sounding like a gunshot resounded but it was more. It was a bomb and what happened next terrified Taylor causing her to panic and try and find her way out of the theater. The author describes her fears and how she managed to escape what happened in the blast but then something triggers her brain, her fears and she realizes that her friend did not follow her out should she go back in? Calling 911 she describes what happened and the sirens are blaring, and the police are coming fast. Calling her friends, she panics when they do not respond and being mixed up and not able to focus and think she realizes that she must do something but what? Her two closest friends did not make it out and most likely were killed. But that is the start of a chain of events that will unravel Taylor and destroy the lives of others.
Dustin Webb is driving when he is pulled over but why? He is not speeding, and he is not doing anything wrong. Forced to get out of his car and agreeing to allow the police to search the trunk of his car imagine how he feels and his reaction to finding explosives in the trunk of his car. If he knew they were in his trunk why allow the police to search it? Arrested and put in jail will they connect him to the bomb and terrorist attack? As you delve deeper into the plot you realize that the wrong man was arrested or the attack and what follows will give you the chills, make you wonder if the police will search for the real killers and you will find out at the end what the ultimate betrayal is when you learn the truth and who was behind the bombing.
An old friendship will reignite when Jamie Powell and Dustin Webb join forces as client and lawyer to get the charges against him dropped. Jamie was 9 and Dustin 13 when they were neighbors. He lived with an aunt that was not exactly kind to him and treated him unfairly. Jamie understood his pain when his parents died sent to three foster homes and then living with his aunt and uncle who showed him only disapproval and never praise. Jamie understood Dustin and then they dated for a while before he joined the army. Writing to him she received no response and then she became an attorney. Will he trust her to get the charges dropped? Can she win the case?
Taylor Reid has unraveled and now cannot deal with the realities of life or thinking it was her fault that her friends died during the bombing. Second guessing herself as it what she should have done or did not do drives her over the top and needing the help of her sister, Harper and a mental health specialist.
Dustin and his friend, Travis were partners in a high security firm. The last job they did was at ChemEx the might it was robbed. Did he steal the explosives from them? Jamie came in front of the judge and was able to get Dustin free on bail. However, the fight has just begun, and can she prove he is innocent? Added in they found a picture of a U-Haul and sent it to stores around where the bombing took place. Taylor read was adamant and insisted on meeting with Detective Borden the person she sent the picture of the U -Haul to. Wanting to take on finding Dustin and taking him out of just solving who caused the bombing she becomes out of control and exhibits features of Manic depression and OCD to a larger degree. She is determined to solve the case and at times it seems she is also suffering from PTSD.
Worried the press or others might find out where Dustin lives, Jamie took on a rental and she and her daughter Avery plus Dustin moved in. Dustin while stalking to Jamie explained that he and Travis were in the army together and then stated a high-tech security installation company in New York. They work with architect, contractors and project managers when a building is being built. Their role is to design the security plan along with eh architect and source the technology and contract the installation.
GrayWebb is the name of the company and his Travis is his partner who is now worried about his wife, Crystal who is dealing with a terminal illness in the hospital. Dustin explained that they designed multi-layered proof systems from the parking lot and landscaping to the window and door with multi-level biometrics to get int to get into the building plus special ID cards. While talking with him Jamie realizes that there might be someone close to him that set him up but how and why?
Taylor is on new medication and does not realize that she is unraveling and acting out of control. Her sister Harper is trying to help her deal with the aftermath of the deaths of her two friends. What happens at the funeral when trying to speak is shocking and allows the reader to know that she has a serious mental condition that needs to be addressed and the culprit to a point is the medication she has been given.
Jamie is also dealing with the partners in her law firm that are split between having her take on the case and getting Dustin free and others claiming it might look bad for the firm. Everything is about appearances.
Dustin goes to his office and takes the time to check out the desk and the files of someone else and learns the harsh reality behind who set him up but why? Why was the presidential candidate the target? The families of three brothers blame Cell Three Therapeutics for the death of over 300 cases of cancer in The Raven Community including 57 children. The company belonged to Ed Loran. They took him out because they blamed him for the death of their parents.
Facing off with his friend Dustin learns the truth behind why he was set up and the rationale behind what would benefit this person overall. Lives are at stake and then Crystal takes a turn for the worse and Travis’s world collapses, but will he help get his friend off?
The ending will bring all the players in one place as Taylor totally loses it, decides to go after Dustin and the outcome is more than just tragic. The bombing at Trudeau was just the start as these people had other targets. But, when Taylor faces Dustin and wants to take him out the ending will shock readers and just who survives? Jamie’s faith in him never wavered but in the end will they remain friends or not? Will Dustin’s Aunt Pat finally realize the man he really is and make him part of her real family?
Some endings are pure endings while others might be beginnings as the author takes us into the world of mental illness, PTSD, friendships that are betrayed and one Jamie Powell who would never give on her Dustin.
Where do they all wind up? Who will survive the AFTERMATH?
Fran Lewis Just reviews