A stranger at the door

Jason Pinter

Book - 2021

"Rachel Marin is in a good place. After years of struggle, the single mother has found both a stable, loving relationship and a new purpose: putting her investigative skills to work solving crimes for the local PD. But just as the pieces of her life are finally starting to fall into place, her teenaged son's teacher is gruesomely murdered, starting a domino effect that shatters her peaceful existence."--Publisher.

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Series
Pinter, Jason. Rachel Marin ; 2.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Published
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer [2021]
Language
English
Physical Description
346 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781542005944
1542005949
Main Author
Jason Pinter (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Just before he's tortured and murdered, high-school teacher Matthew Linklater emails Rachel Marin, freelance forensic consultant to the Ashby Police Department in Illinois, asking her help in a matter concerning some students. When his charred body is found in his burned-out house, a blatant case of arson, it sends a message that scares anyone who might offer information. While Rachel joins Detectives John Serrano and Leslie Tally in investigating the crime, she's increasingly concerned about her teenage son, Eric, who's becoming more withdrawn since his father's murder years earlier. Her concern heightens when Eric is targeted by Bennett Brice, founder of the seemingly legal Ponzi scheme YourLife, who recruits troubled boys. Then Evie Boggs, Rachel's teacher and friend from an earlier life, appears wanting information about the Linklater case and offering vague threats. Danger is heightened by brothers Raymond and Randall Spivak, loan sharks turned murderers who use the love of mothers for their sons as leverage in their crimes. This second in the Rachel Marin series maintains the promise of the first (Hide Away, 2020), with full-bodied characters in a compelling plot and graphic elements leavened by doses of humanity. Not for those who prefer less-violent stories, but a sure bet for other crime-fiction readers. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Pinter's second "Rachel Marin" thriller (builds on the success of Hide Away, reinforcing the grit and tenacity of his determined single-mom protagonist. Featuring several returning characters, this title slowly uncovers more details about Rachel's past but still leaves plenty to guess at. When her teenage son's teacher at Ashby High is tortured to death and his home torched, Rachel and her family are drawn into a series of events gone wrong. Bennett Brice, a charismatic businessman, quickly becomes a murder suspect when Rachel's son, Eric, is recruited to join YourLife in a mysterious gathering hosted by Brice at a baseball field after midnight. As founder of YourLife, allegedly created to help young people develop business skills and improve their self-image, Brice is arrogant, pompous, and seemingly untouchable. However, after Det. John Serrano, Rachel's love interest, witnesses the late-night initiation, he and Rachel become convinced that YourLife is a glamorized Ponzi scheme somehow tied to the murder. Pinter subtly weaves into his page-turner themes about family bonds, challenges of same-sex parenting, relationships in single-parent families, even bonds between coworkers. VERDICT Pinter's strong depictions of diverse types of love, respect, and loyalty resonate loudly in this nail-biter novel.—Jeffrey W. Hunter, Royal Oak, MI Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

At the start of Pinter's outstanding sequel to 2020's Hide Away, high school teacher Matthew Linklater sends an email to single mother Rachel Martin, a forensic consultant to the Ashby, Ill., PD, saying he has information "regarding a few of our students, and their dealings with people who, to put it mildly, do not have their best interests at heart." A short time later, someone hits Linklater with a wrench, ties him to his bed, lets a rat eat into his body, and sets his house on fire. (The fire kills him.) When Rachel joins the police investigation into the teacher's murder, she discovers that some vicious people have been exploiting at-risk boys, including her emotionally withdrawn 14-year-old son, Eric. Rachel first contends with the man behind an outwardly benign boys' organization, and then those behind him, two psychopathic brothers who are running a money-laundering ring. Rachel's no female Jack Reacher, but she's tough physically and morally—even while struggling with qualms about her own past actions and terrified of what could happen to Eric and her daughter, Megan. Readers will cheer her every step of the way. This powerful family-values thriller is a convincing, moving performance. Agent: Amy Tannenbam, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Jan.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A sequel to Hide Away finds Rachel Marin investigating the brutal murder of a local teacher only to be thwarted by a figure from her past and a shadowy businessman who targets her son.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A sequel to Hide Away finds Rachel Marin investigating the brutal murder of a local teacher only to be thwarted by a figure from her past and a shadowy businessman who targets her son. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From the Amazon bestselling author of Hide Away comes the gripping second installment of the Rachel Marin Thriller series.Rachel Marin is in a good place. After years of struggle, the single mother has found both a stable, loving relationship and a new purpose: putting her investigative skills to work solving crimes for the local PD. But just as the pieces of her life are finally starting to fall into place, her teenaged son's teacher is gruesomely murdered, starting a domino effect that shatters her peaceful existence.When Rachel discovers an ominous email the teacher sent to her just before his death, she knows she must help bring his killer to justice. But soon a figure from her past reappears, threatening to expose Rachel's darkest secrets if she doesn't tread lightly. And when her son is recruited by a shadowy businessman who may be connected to the murder, Rachel knows this has just gotten very, very personal.Someone out there is dead set on keeping this grisly cover-up good and buried, which means if Rachel's not careful, it's only a matter of time before her dream life becomes her worst nightmare.