Matt Pine, NYU student & brother to a convicted murderer, is playing his weekly chess game with Reggie, his homeless but clearly educated friend, when his dorm RA finds him and tells him that federal agents are looking for him. Mystified, Matt returns to the dorm to learn that his entire family, on vacation on Mexico, have been found dead presumably due to a gas leak per Mexican officials. However, the FBI, who’ve been investigating his father’s workplace, aren’t so sure.
Struggling to keep it together, Matt flies to Mexico at the instruction of FBI Agent Keller to sign for and retrieve his family’s remains. Upon his arrival, there’s no sign of the consular officer that was supposed to meet him, so Matt buys a ride to Tulum to claim his family – and runs into more than a little trouble while he’s there, including a near miss with someone intent on doing him harm. Shaken, Matt has to deal with a very unfriendly cop at the Tulum Police Department, before a timely intervention orchestrated by Agent Keller.
Meanwhile, stateside, Agent Keller finally gets her first look at the police photos of the Pine family’s death, and after careful scrutiny, realizes that the scene was staged. But who would want to kill the Pine family – and why?
Told in before and after timelines, with subtle clues weaved in around the seemingly innocuous events of day to day family life, this book takes off in a hurry and will keep you turning pages deep into the night as you struggle to put all of the pieces together. This was a fantastic read, and I could not put it down!! I was completely hooked!! I highly recommend!!
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