Once upon a time, Tracy Whitney made the people who destroyed her family account for their sins. Now someone is looking for payback . . .
Sidney Sheldon has always been one of my favorite authors. His books were intriguing, suspenseful, full of twists, and transported us to exotic locales. Tilly Bagshawe has brought back the much loved character, con artist Tracy Whitney, from IF TOMORROW COMES, along with the love of her life, Jeff Stevens. In fact, CHASING TOMORROW begins right where its prequel left off, so readers are immediately drawn back into Jeff and Tracy’s world.
Tracy and Jeff start their new life in London, settling down as law-abiding citizens living in (initially) domesticated happiness. Tracy’s focus becomes starting a family while Jeff plunges into his antiquities work at the British Museum. As time goes by and Tracy’s desire for a baby doesn’t happen, she begins to question her identity and happiness living life on the straight and narrow. It is about this time that an enigmatic stranger enters their lives and shatters their stable marriage. Consequently, Tracy abruptly disappears, leaving Jeff devastated and searching for answers.
In true Sidney Sheldon fashion, the plot continues at breakneck speed, taking us to Paris nine years later where we meet Jean Rizzo, a steadfast Interpol inspector who’s investigating the brutal murder of a prostitute. We soon discover that this is but the latest murder in a string of prostitute killings (11 to be exact) taking place in 10 different cities over the past nine years, all with the same clues left behind. It just so happens that these are the same cities where Tracy executed some of her most impressive heists. Coincidence?
Bagshawe effortlessly switches plot direction, taking us back to Jeff and Tracy, and we discover what has become of them over the past nine years. While Jeff has never made peace with Tracy’s disappearance, he has managed to go on with the help of his old friend, Gunther, who has encouraged him to rekindle his passion for the con. We then learn that Tracy may have also reignited her love of the con in the name of retribution. There seems to be a lot of secrets going on.
Meanwhile, Jean’s investigation takes him to an unexpected place: Tracy’s doorstep. It seems there’s a serial killer on the loose with mysterious ties to her. Questions arise. Which ghost from her past is out to get her and why? And how does Jeff Stevens, the man Tracy never stopped loving, figure into the killer’s plan? As another prostitute is found murdered, time becomes of the essence, and Tracy must step out of the shadows to help stop a killer.
In CHASING TOMORROW, Bagshawe has brought back two characters readers grew to love in IF TOMORROW COMES. While it isn’t absolutely necessary to read this first book before the new one (Bagshawe provides thorough backstory throughout the story), I would highly recommend it. Part of the fun of getting to know Tracy and Jeff is their life stories told in IF TOMORROW COMES. In both books, they have their own brand of vigilante justice that makes you root for them as they take down the bad guys, while at the same time disregarding the fact that they are breaking the law by committing some really clever heists. While it may be necessary to suspend your disbelief in places with respect to the heists, that really didn’t take away from my enjoyment of this book.
While the pace of the story led me to keep flipping pages to see what would happen next, what I liked best about CHASING TOMORROW is Bagshawe’s ability to write so vividly that I truly felt I was gazing at the mountains in Colorado or surrounded by the humid air in Asia. Overall, this was a fast-paced sequel to IF TOMORROW COMES. Keep in mind, though, just when you think you know how it will end, you may be in for a bittersweet surprise.
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