Friday, January 14, 2011


Publisher: Avon Books
Date published: November 2010
ISBN: 9780061809040
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Tammy
Obtained via: publisher

Katia Lief’s NEXT TIME YOU SEE ME is an emotionally packed mystery novel with oodles of plot twists.

Ex-Detective Karin Schaeffer has lived through the worst, the murder of her family, and now has finally put her life back together. She is happily married to her ex-partner Mac and they have a son together. Then Mac’s parents are murdered in a home invasion and Mac suddenly disappears on their anniversary, an apparent suicide. But Karin isn’t buying it. A receipt for jewelry she never received leads Karin to the heart of Mexico and a drug cartel as she uncovers frightening secrets about her husband she could never have seen coming.

Katia Lief’s NEXT TIME YOU SEE ME takes off where her last novel, You Are Next, left off. Her main character, Karin, is emotionally driven and surprisingly strong given her recent losses. Mac has been her rock and when he up and disappears, her strength shines through as she refuses to believe he is gone and sets out to find out just what happened to him.

Having not read the prior book, this reader’s only real complaint is Mac. It was a bit of a stretch to imagine this woman actually walking into the heart of a Mexican drug cartel to drag her wayward husband home. Perhaps if I had read the prior book, a stronger attachment to Mac would have been had. But in this book, he is there one minute, gone the next. It was easier to sympathize with Karin and her mother and even Mac’s sister than it was to feel for him.

NEXT TIME YOU SEE ME is packed with plot twists and surprise revelations. It is fast paced and well written. Every time you think you know what is going on, the author takes you in another direction and the suspense builds all over again. Readers who enjoy strong characters and plot twists a-plenty are sure to find Katia Lief’s NEXT TIME YOU SEE ME a mystery worth unraveling.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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