In the Company of Strangers by KE Mullins is the second of her Team Ice series.
This story jumps perspectives often. Most are delineated with a line of asterisks separating the sections. Other times the change occurs after a dialogue exchange, and it is done so smoothly you barely even notice. We follow Elle/Gabrielle, and a crew of criminals whose story is balanced out by Anita and Chloe. Our tale begins with explosions, and a crime standoff, only…the criminals manage to vanish from a surrounded house. A blocked-in tunnel is found, undoubtedly the escape hatch. Only question is…how’d they leave through it if it was blocked up. Or a better question- how’d they block it up after going through. Much of the book focuses on Anita/Chloe/Gabrielle/Elle, and how they are going about their days following the explosion. Anita is trying to track down leads, Gabrielle/Elle are trying to keep from capture and regroup.
There are political and sociological undertones that make me think of Brett Easton Ellis’ works, and I found the tone and style to also be reminiscent of Ellis. While I enjoyed the unusual pace and thread of the story, and its many action-packed moments, there are many grammar and spelling errors scattered throughout. The story would benefit from another thorough proofing.
🎻🎻🎻 recommended if you like the works of Brett Easton Ellis, or enjoy action-packed mysteries.