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Synopsis: The Torch Is Passed finds Andrea’s world turned upside down when her father, Nicholas, and her uncle, Michael, are shot in a shocking and puzzling attack. With only her paternal grandmother left, it falls to Andrea–a recent college graduate–to not only investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murder of her father and uncle, but also to oversee Harding Industries–and navigate an often dangerous fast-track to adulthood.
The youngest Harding finds herself surrounded by a bevy of intriguing new friends and helpers after she is also violently attacked, forcing her to kill both would-be assassins. Suspicion is cast on a short list of family friends and colleagues, and longstanding relationships are put to the test. Along with her new allies, Andrea urgently seeks answers to why anyone would want to kill her entire family–growing up along the way–and seeking her revenge.
Not having read the first book in this series The Pharm House, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but although I think this book will offer more enjoyment if readers do pick up the previous book first, I thought this was an exciting thriller. In the first book Andrea was an eleven-year-old, but here she’s just graduated from college. Her world is turned entirely upside down when both her father and uncle are ambushed and shot by a mysterious attacker. After Andrea is attacked in her father’s home the only thing that’s clear is someone wants the Harding family dead. While Andrea is a kick-ass heroine, she’s supported by a great group of friends who are essentially her extended family. The dynamic between them is one of the most enjoyable parts of the book. It’s partly due to them that Andrea successfully develops into a determined young woman, dangerous in her own right, who is more than worthy of the family torch that has been handed to her. The plot itself is full of twists and turns and plays out almost like a movie or tv show. There were plenty of surprises and no end to suspects that kept me guessing right up until the very end. Overall, although the beginning was a little slow for me because I felt a bit of a disconnect since I hadn’t read the first book, The Torch Is Passed is definitely a high-octane thriller with fascinating characters. Now I just need to find the time to go back and read The Pharm House.