It’s rare when an author is able to write a series in such detail that readers can read each book completely out of order and still feel such a deep connection with each and every character. Each book of this “Maxine Revere” series stands alone, but there is something extraordinary about the story that weaves throughout the entire series as well. In this novel, the third in the series, investigative reporter Max Revere travels to California in order to investigate the supposed murder–but potential accidental death–of teen cyberbully Ivy Lake. What’s intriguing is that she is called in to investigate the case by Ivy’s step-brother, because he is being blamed for something he did not do, and all he wants – more than anything – is to feel as though he belongs in his family again. The case has been cold for 14 months, and the police have no leads to follow, so if Max can’t find anything, no one can. The boy’s last hope lands on Max, and with her disarray of a family life, Max develops a kinship with the boy that keeps her fighting harder for him than anyone ever has before. Definitely another great novel by Brennan – but the inside of the cover could have been a bit more enticing.