Review: The Line Between Here and Gone by Andrea Kane

Title: The Line Between Here and Gone {Forensic Instincts #2}

Author: Andrea Kane

Published: MIRA June 2012

Synopsis: The man she loved is gone forever. The child she lives for could be next. Each day is a struggle for Amanda Gleason’s newborn son as he battles a rare immune deficiency. Justin’s best chance for a cure lies with his father, who was brutally murdered before Amanda even realized she carried his child. Or was he? One emailed photo changes everything, planting a seed of doubt that Amanda latches on to for dear life: a recent photo of a man who looks exactly like Paul. Could Justin’s father be alive? The mother in her is desperate to find out. But tracking down a ghost when every second counts is not for amateurs. Forensic Instincts is the one team up for the challenge.

Status: Read from June 19 to 20, 2012 — I own a copy {Courtesy Harlequin/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

The Line Between Here and Gone is the second book in Andrea Kane’s latest suspense series featuring Forensic Instincts, an investigative team comprised of a behaviorist, a former Navy SEAL, a techno-wizard, an intuitive, a retired FBI agent and a human scent evidence dog. When Amanda Gleason learns the father of her dangerously ill newborn son may still be alive she hires Forensic Instincts to find him. As the team digs into Paul Everett’s latest development project and his past, they discover links to shady businessmen, a Congressman on the take and the mob. If Paul is alive, is he a criminal or a victim and will the team find him in time to save Justin’s life?

It takes the talents of the entire Forensic Instincts team, who aren’t afraid of bending the rules a little, to solve this case. I hadn’t read the first book so this was my introduction to the characters and I like the mix of personalities, even though they are fairly to type. Kane shares a little of the teams personal lives to give them some depth, there is a budding romance between two members and the odd allusion to past lives.
The story is well plotted involving conspiracy and corruption with a clever twist revealed near the end. There is a quite a tangle for Kane to work out, which she does bringing the threads together, it’s a MIRA title so a happy ending is unsurprising but satisfying nevertheless.
Forensic Instincts are under time pressure as the infant’s health worsens which ensures the pace of the book is steady though it doesn’t really find momentum until about half way through, partly because the some of the work is necessarily tedious as the team mines personal records, interviews suspects and searches for evidence. I would have liked a bit more action earlier in the story to break that up but I also appreciated the realistic approach to the investigation. Forensic Instincts resolve the mystery with hard work and evidence rather than blind luck.

I think had I read the first in the series I might have been more invested in this novel, but it works fine as a stand alone. I enjoyed The Line Between Here and Gone, its a solid story of suspense and mystery with appealing core characters.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tea Time with Marce
    Jun 22, 2012 @ 10:08:01

    I read the first one and loved it, looked forward to more of the Forensics team. I have read a few of Andrea Kane, she is a favourite of mine.

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  2. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 16:56:09

    I quite liked this one, although there were certain things that grated for me (the AI Yoda system for example. Perhaps I’m cynical because I’m married to a software developer! 🙂 ). Like you, I think that it would have been best to start with the first one.

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