Trust, control, priorities and personal goals of each character are the struggles, highlights and intricate situations within this novel. Jane MacQuire is sequestered at MacDuff Run to concentrate on her art and she is concerned about Seth Caleb her other have who works for M16 and takes on dangerous cases. The story centers around her safety, that of the people at the Run as Hugh Bohdan is bent on taking Seth prisoner as has many others to teach them lessons that they will never forget. The man is a powerful crime lord, and he has one of the world’s largest and most dangerous and powerful criminal organizations. Seth has been in his crosshairs and Bohdan has his web of men out there hoping to take him down but in the interim others will suffer.
Bohdan has a hit list and one his men, Jennings would pay the price as Bohdan captures him and others related to Caleb and Jane.
Told to remain at the Run, Jane takes a walk outside into the mist and with her sketchbook creates a picture of what she calls the Mist Child. This triggers a set of events that leads back to Fiona from the last novel and her link to MacDuff and thinking that Fiona and the Mist Child look alike, and Jane might be part of MacDuff’s family too.
MacDuff is not thrilled that she left the Run and Jane being impulsive at times will endanger those that live there and since Caleb wants her safe, things get out of hand. Because of the sketch and the elusive Fiona, Jane becomes obsessed with learning her history, based on the portrait of Fiona that reminds MacDuff of Jane, is she part of his family. Seth is in Africa and Bohdan wants his head, but Seth kills Niko Rozkor the second in command and then things become dangerous for not only him but Jane too. She uncovers the secret about Fiona and must go on the run to uncover the story about her life, protect others from getting hurt but there is much more danger to come.
As she is doing her research at the Run, drones from Bohdan’s army attack the Run and lives are taken, parts of the Run ruined and Jane realizes she must leave but where will she go and who will protect her. Meet Rodland who Seth sent as her new guard and his personality matches hers and the sparks fly, she becomes more impulsive and his job to protect her becomes a danger to both.
Bohdan learns about the relationship between Seth and Jane, and she becomes his prime target and anyone close to her like her doctor, Dr. Campbell, her friend Felicity and more. Lives are in danger, Jane, and Seth both have their own ways of handling this situation. She often goes reckless and because of it she blames herself for the drone attack and the deaths of others. M16 was hit hard and now MacDuff must repair his home, his guards must be replaced and the safety of everyone needs to be guarded better. A sudden revelation about a ribbon that she finds, something behind a painting that leads her on a quest to learn more about Fiona, as author Iris Johansen creates a story that is so intricately weaved like a pattern on a mosaic and the result you won’t believe.
Within the pages of book that Jane had found in MacDuff’s library, she finds a thickening which leads her to learning about the connection of the Railroad system to what happened during a train robbery. Jane even convinced Rodland to take her to Kilgary and the reason you will learn changes her life forever.
Death is all around her as she realizes that several lives are attributed to being close to her. Seth and Rodland form an alliance and Rodland is a great force on the computer and his research skills into Fiona, the man she was forced to marry and Farrell the man she ran away with leaves you wondering what really happened to her and just how does the painting she finds and sees that there is something underneath it, lead her to the history of the railroad tracks and what might have happened to Fiona and more.
The history about Fiona and her life, the connection to Jane and MacDuff are only part of the intricate plot that the author created. Seth and Jane often are confrontational, and she needs the upper hand within her own abilities to be independent. He just wants to keep her safe and when she goes home to Eve and Joe and deals with other feelings why does she send her back to the Run? The train scenes are amazing as the connections from the past flood into the present and just how will Jane deal with coming close to a killer? Both Jane and Seth have behaviors that are dominated by emotions, captive by love, held captive by another person, or required to be restricted to an area or place for that person’s safety. An influence dominated by a special charm or trait, with an irresistible appeal. Throughout the novel, we see each of these definitions elaborated in the actions, conversations, and interactions between both good and evil characters .
When Jane becomes the target of Bohdan’s revenge against Seth, she is more than alerted to the fact she might have to confine herself to different areas of the run but the link to the railroad sends her, Seth and Rodland on a quest for answers to uncover the past, how does it tie to Fiona and even more pressing to the past and the treasure linked to Cira.
As this treasure plays a vital part when Seth demands something from MacDuff to lure Bohdan to come after it and him, author Iris Johansen creates an action-packed, surprised-filled ending with twists, the unexpected, and what Jane does you don’t believe. But what happens in the end lets you know there is much more for Jane and Seth in the future. What? Read Captive and you decide what’s next,
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