Avery Delaney has always tried to put the past far behind
her. Abandoned by her rapacious, conniving mother when she
was only three days old, Avery was raised by her
grandmother and beloved aunt Carolyn. Then, when she was
eleven, she witnessed her grandmother's violent death,
before Avery herself was shot and left for dead.
Miraculously she survived. The man responsible is serving
time in a Florida prison. This traumatic experience propels
Avery into a life of law and order.
Her razor-sharp mind and ability to gather data and
decipher evidence has made Avery an expert crime analyst
for the FBI. But soon she will have to use every one of her
adroit skills on a case that hits painfully close to home.
Avery's workaholic aunt, Carolyn Salvetti, is certain her
(hopefully soon-to-be ex) husband sent her the gold
embossed reservation to the posh Utopia Spa in the
mountains of Colorado. At first she is resistant, but then
figures it will be a welcome respite from the cutthroat
advertising business, not to mention a networking
extravaganza. Plus she persuades her niece to join her for
the two weeks of luxury and decadence.
But Carolyn never makes it to Utopia. Under false
pretenses, she is taken to an isolated retreat by a
handsome stranger with a dazzling smile, suave demeanor,
and the darkest of motives. His name is Monk, a hired
assassin. Now, with scant clues and fewer resources, Avery
must track down and save Carolyn—and outmaneuver a
brilliant killer who is part of an elaborate plot of
madness and lethal vengeance.