Riley Vasquez is haunted by the brutal murder of the couple she was babysitting for. Max Cross is suffering under the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis he doesn’t dare reveal. The last thing either of them wants is to spend a weekend away at a therapy camp alongside five other teens with “issues”. But that’s exactly where they are when three masked men burst in to take the group hostage. The building has no windows. The exits are sealed shut. Their phones are gone. And their captors are on a killing spree. Riley and Max know that if they can’t get out, they’ll be next–but they’re about to discover that even escape doesn’t equal freedom.
This book is basically a suspense movie in written format which means you have to suspend a lot of disbelief. If you can, it’s a great ride. The action starts slow, but as the book progresses, so does the body count. Riley and Max are the most developed characters of the story. Riley is traumatized by experiencing the murder and Max has his own demons to fight, which the reader earns about before any of the characters do.
It takes a while before the true motivation for the killing spree is revealed, but it’s a doozy. The identities of the masked men is also another twist. I admit that I skipped ahead because I had to know who the bad guys were. There isn’t much depth to the plot, but the action was so good that it didn’t matter. This was a really good suspense book. I kept wondering who was going to get killed next and how. The secret Max keeps adds a depth to what would otherwise be a slight novel. His and Riley’s mental status are big part of how they handle the situation and what they do to survive.