Chaos by Iris Johansen
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Grand Central Publishing
The #1 New York Times bestselling author introduces CIA agent Alisa Flynn, who is willing to go rogue if it means catching the most heartless band of criminals she's ever encountered.
When CIA agent Alisa Flynn flaunts the rules by breaking into a mansion in the middle of the night, she skillfully circumvents alarms and outwits guards only to find herself standing in billionaire Gabe Korgan's study . . . busted by Korgan himself. This could cost her her job unless, in a split second, she can turn the tables and try to convince him to join her on the most important mission of her life.
In a ripped-from-the-headlines plot, schoolgirls in Africa have been kidnapped, and Alisa knows that Korgan has the courage, financial means, and high-tech weaponry to help rescue them. With so many innocent lives hanging in the balance, what she doesn't reveal is that one of those schoolgirls is like a little sister to her. But when the truth gets out, the stakes grow even higher.
Calling in additional assistance from renowned horse whisperer Margaret Douglas, Alisa and Gabe lay their plans, only to see them descend into chaos as the line between right and wrong wavers before them like a mirage. Every path is strewn with pitfalls, each likely to get them -- or the hostages -- killed. But with the help of a brave team and a horse with the heart of a warrior, they might just get out of this alive.
I am a HUGE Iris Johansen fan. When someone asks me what an Iris Johansen book is like I describe it as a mystery, thriller, with strong characters, twists of paranormal, and an intriguing storyline. The thriller is always unique with each book, the twists of paranormal are more on the psychic side then the werewolf side and the storylines always make the book unputdownable.
In this book, we meet Sasha and Alisa. There are both strong and willful female characters. Both have a background of having to rely on themselves until they meet each other and know that they are meant to be together. Sasha is a student at an elite private school until it is attacked for their horses. Sasha is a student but also works in the stables and has a special bond with the horses. Her first priority is to rescue the other students but the horses are never far from her thoughts. Alisa is the “mother” of the relationship. She rescues Sasha from the circus and gives her a life that makes her safe and happy. Alisha is CIA, extremely smart, and loves Sasha with everything she has. I enjoyed seeing how she had to put her protective nature aside to let Sasha help save herself, but she never entirely gave up the controls.
Chaos is another winner from the talented and entertaining Iris Johansen.
**Thank you to Ann-Marie at Get Red PR for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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