My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book # 2 in the Fiona Carver series, Crash Site is a must read for fans of adventure thrillers. It can be read as a stand alone but I strongly advise reading in the series order, to get the complete picture of the relationship of its protagonists.
Fiona and Dean are back after the adventures in book #1 Dangerous Ground, but this time it is not their choice but the strings that have been pulled at their backs to milk their popularity to the fullest. The setting of the story in Dominica is like a dream, the beautiful locale providing the perfect background for the thriller. I was thoroughly impressed with Rachel Grant’s research in the first book, and in here too, she doesn’t disappoint one bit. The culture and traditions of the Kalinago people of Dominica have been woven thru the story wonderfully by the author and the atmosphere is enhanced by the flawless descriptive writing.
Ruby Island hides many mysteries and it is left to Fiona and Dean to unearth the hidden truth of the place. The danger is always around the corner as, like a house of cards, incidents keep piling up one after another upon their arrival. Unlike the first book, Crash Site doesn’t offer much suspense. The antagonists more or less become clear from the outset but the author lures in the reader with the adrenaline pumping action and deathly dangers that hang around them. There’s also a subplot of Fiona’s friend Sadie and a glimpse of attraction between Sadie and Dylan, Dean’s twin brother, hopefully, which we will be explored in future series.
The romance between Fiona and Dean does take a leap forward but I did wish that Dean’s non-commital attitude had changed somewhere midway thru the book, coz the constant harping about his commitment issues which carry over from book 1 did tend to become off-putting after a while. Fiona is of course a character that I absolutely loved, her no-nonsense approach to things and dealing with matters of the heart giving her an endearing quality.
I would happily read all the books in this series for the thrill of discovering such exotic places and Rachel Grant’s historical detailing does deserve a special mention.
Many thanks to Net Galley, Montlake Publishers, and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.
Fiona Carver has landed a dream assignment: conducting an archaeological inventory of Ruby Island, a privately owned, pristine gem in the Caribbean. Two months in paradise exploring and mapping a lush rain forest, vast caves, and a seventeenth-century star fort and following up on legends of hidden Spanish gold. Add a simmering reunion with wildlife photographer Dean Slater and it’s enough to take Fiona’s breath away. But the sparkle fades when Dean’s arrival is met with sudden, terrifying danger.
Reunited and determined to see the project through, Fiona and Dean find themselves in a swirl of intrigue as they delve into the complex history of the unspoiled refuge, now a tropical haven for billionaires and their secrets. But the work isn’t easy, as someone appears determined to kill the project—by any means necessary.
As betrayal casts tropical storm clouds over Ruby Island and treasured friendships dissolve into distrust, one thing becomes clear: Fiona and Dean are trapped in a dangerous paradise.
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