At the start of this story, it is ten years in the past at the home of Jordan Rivera, her parents and brother. It’s a usual evening at home with the kids doing school work and the parents hanging out.
A man dressed as a policeman comes into the house and murders mom, dad and sibling. He makes Jordan line the family up on the couch and takes their picture, goes on to attack her and then spares her as he wants her to tell his story. Jordan decides that she will not do what he asked and refuses to speak at all.
On to the present day, Jordan has spent the next ten years in a mental hospital where she avoids speaking to anyone if she can. One day Jordan sees a television news show about the killing of a family and comes out of herself and starts to get better and clearer in mind and asks what it would take for her to leave the institution and becomes a member of the Victims of Violent Crime group.
In the meantime, a high school classmate of Jordan’s, Mark Pryor, is now a local cop and also sees the murder report and thinks that the culprit might be the same person who killed Jordan’s family. The killer of the family had the same MO as he left one survivor, just as Jordan’s case. Mark meets with Jordan and her group and they try to pool their discoveries to find what they now believe is a serial killer.
The first chapter is a real eye-opener and the story slows down in the middle only to twist the ending which is a bit of a surprise to say the least.
This is an extremely good book by Max Allan Collins.
Jordan Rivera was an ordinary kid with an ordinary family. Until a vicious killer took it all away from her, sparing her and leaving her broken. The murders destroyed something inside her and she spent ten long, silent years in an institution. Catching a glimpse of a news report about another ordinary family slain, Jordan breaks her silence. Now she’s out, and she molds herself—body and mind—into an instrument of justice.
While a young detective pursues the case on his own, Jordan teams up with members of her Victims Support Group, people, like her, damaged by violent crime. They have their own stories of pain, heartache, and vengeance denied. With their help, Jordan will track down the killer before he can ravage any more lives. Her own life depends on it.