Dead In A Week
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Published by: Bonnie Meadow Publishing
Publication Date: March 19th 2019
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 1682320294 (ISBN13: 9781682320297)
Series: Forensic Instincts, Zermatt Group
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
What would you do if your daughter was kidnapped and given only a week to live?
Lauren Pennington is celebrating her junior year abroad when life comes to a screeching halt. At Munich’s Hofbräuhaus, she engages in an innocent flirtation with a charming stranger for the length of a drink. Drink finished, Lauren leaves—only to be snatched from the streets and thrown into an unmarked van.
Officially, Aidan Deveraux is a communications expert for one of the largest financial firms in the world. In his secret life, the former Marine heads the Zermatt Group, a covert team of military and spy agency operatives that search the data stream for troubling events in an increasingly troubled world. When his artificial intelligence system detects Lauren’s kidnapping, Aidan immediately sees the bigger picture.
Silicon Valley: Lauren’s father, Vance Pennington, is about to launch a ground-breaking technology with his company NanoUSA—a technology that the Chinese are desperate for. No sooner does Aidan arrive on Vance’s doorstep to explain the situation than the father receives a chilling text message: hand over the technology or Lauren will be dead in a week.
In a globe-spanning chase, from the beer halls of Germany, to the tech gardens of California, to the skyscrapers of China, and finally the farmlands of Croatia, Aidan’s team cracks levels of high-tech security and complex human mystery with a dogged determination. Drawing in teammates from the Forensic Instincts team (introduced in The Girl Who Disappeared Twice), the Zermatt Group will uncover the Chinese businessmen responsible, find the traitors within NanoUSA who are helping them, and save Lauren from a brutal death.
Guest Post by Andrea Kane
I’ll start by admitting that DEAD IN A WEEK, my new super-fast-paced suspense thriller, was the hardest book I’ve ever written—and I’ve written almost thirty. It required more time and more extensive research on my part than I can begin to describe. Knowledge of international locations (particularly Croatia), industrial espionage, military tactics—the list goes on and on.
And that’s just the plot. Then came what’s always the most important part for me: the characters.
I already had a pretty good feel for Aidan Devereaux from his appearances in previous Forensic Instincts novels and because of the fact that he’s Marc’s brother and Abby’s daddy. Evolving him into the amazing man he is came almost as a natural process. But the rest of the Zermatt Group’s “Core Four” lay before me, a clean slate and a totally unknown commodity. Each one of them—Simone, Terri, and Philip—became a dynamo unto his/her own right, and yet they’re all so different from one another that I was truly overwhelmed by the process of creating them, uniting them, and making them an unstoppable team. It was a labor of love, but tough love.
And since I won’t compromise on the characters and I won’t concentrate on their story, suffice it to say that I was totally wiped when I typed the words “The End”.
Having said all that, I have to admit that I always need to feel my own emotional or psychological pull to the book I’m writing. In this case, that pull was the bond between parent and child.
The love a parent feels for his/her child is unique and incomparable. And the fear of losing that child is beyond bearing, something no parent should ever have to endure. But that’s exactly what Vance and Susan Pennington had to live through. They suffered all the pain and sense of helplessness as the clock ticked by, knowing their college-aged daughter was being held in a foreign country by brutal terrorists, that securing her future was in the hands of The Zermatt Group, and that there was little or nothing they could do—other than to follow instructions and to wait. Patience? When your child’s life is on the line with one week to live? That’s like asking a starving person not to eat the food placed in front of them.
Added to that, I found myself gravitating toward the parallel between the love Lauren Pennington’s parents feel for her as they endure the horrific week of her kidnapping and Aidan’s love for Abby (who’s now 4-years-old) and his own fierce protectiveness where it comes to her. There’s not a doubt in my mind that he was partially tormented by Lauren’s kidnapping because of his own thought: “That could be Abby”. For me, the entirety of that emotional aspect of the story made the book a stronger, more memorable read. I hope you feel the same way!
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