“Former assassin and SHEN operative Leine Basso is fresh off an assignment rescuing an American teenager from a terrorist group in Libya when she thwarts the murder of a street kid in Tripoli. Leine agrees to help the girl find her family, but must first visit a refugee camp to uncover the reason behind a rash of mysterious abductions.
Leaving the camp, Leine comes under a surprise attack--but only a handful of people knew her true mission. Who has betrayed her? The more she discovers about the abductions, the more of a target she becomes, forcing her to revisit a dark and violent past she thought she'd left behind. But it's easy--too easy to fall back into her old ways.
And that could get her killed.
Will Leine be able to survive a dark return?”
“DV Berkom is the USA Today bestselling author of two action-packed thriller series featuring strong female leads: Kate Jones and Leine Basso. Her love of creating resilient, kick-ass women characters stems from a lifelong addiction to reading spy novels, mysteries, and thrillers, and longing to find the female equivalent within those pages.
After years of moving around the country and skipping off to locations that could have been movie sets, she wrote her first novel and was hooked. She now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Mark, and several imaginary characters who like to tell her what to do.”
Dark Return is the seventh book in the Leine Basso Thriller Series and I’ve read all of them. The aspect that defines Leine’s character for me is the balancing act that she does between good and evil. Her past is shady by any reasonable definition and it sometimes comes back to haunt her in different ways. Her present is entirely on the side of good, although she definitely needs to call on some evil skills in her quest to do good, even now. But that balance, that pull from both the good and bad sides, and the memories of the past when that balance wasn’t there is what drives these stories.
Those same qualities help drive and color the narrative of Dark Return, but as the story and this particular case wind down, Leine is out of balance, feeling too much pull from her dark side. Even though the story of the current case is concluded, so it wouldn’t be fair to describe the situation as a cliffhanger, we do leave Leine in a scary place. It’s disconcerting, but we’ll have to wait for the next installment of the series to see what that means for Leine.
Some adult language.
No significant issues.
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 70-75,000 words