by Jeff Abbott
"What if everything in your life was a lie?
Things are going well for 24 year-old Evan Casher: his career as a documentary filmmaker is booming and his relationship with his new girlfriend, Carrie, couldn't be better. After an urgent phone call from his mother, he makes an unexpected trip home to Austin. Then the unthinkable happens. He arrives to find his mother brutally murdered, and narrowly escapes an attempt on his own life. Spirited away from the scene by an enigmatic mercenary with an agenda of his own, Evan is confronted with a shocking fact: his entire life has been little more than a carefully constructed lie.
Pursued by a powerful, ruthless organization of killers who will stop at nothing to keep old secrets buried, Evan's only hope for survival is to uncover the truth about his family and his own past. With his mother's attackers fast on his heels and with no one to trust--not the authorities, his father, nor the woman he loves--his perilous search takes him from the Texas Hill Country to New Orleans, to London, and to Miami. Full of unforgettable characters and jolting plot twists, Panic is an emotionally charged, heart-stopping thriller about one man's determination to take back his stolen life"
Jeff Abbott is new to me and Panic is the first of his books I've read. Very impressive, especially his ability to seemingly end each chapter with a cliffhanger that forces you to keep reading. Abbott manages to insert a believable romantic twist that doesn't get in the way of the story. My only problem was with the frenetic and somewhat unbelievable action in the conclusion. Still, I'm happy to have found a new suspense novelist and I'm looking forward to reading another of his novels.