Twenty-one year old Emily Jacobs wakes up to learn she has elected to have her memory erased. In a small town in Maine, she struggles to form a plan for her future. A handsome stranger approaches her in a grocery store, and she reluctantly lets him into her life. Which would be great, but apparently he’s trying to kill her. Emily flees with no clues as to her past, the identity of her allies or her enemies beyond a hidden code recovered in a necklace. The code leads her to a conspiracy spanning generations and linking her genetically to the most famous female serial killer.
Part Davinci Code, part Memento, The Progeny is a roller coaster ride that never stops. As soon as you think you understand what’s going on, hold your breath, because the next page will probably change everything.
I’ve been a long-time reader and fan of Tosca Lee, going all the way back to her debut novel, Demon. Lee has an incredible gift for taking a familiar story (like the creation story referenced in Demon) and making it fresh and new without veering from its core truths. Though this is a modern-day suspense-filled story, Lee remains strong in connecting readers to the humanity of her characters and their very believable struggles and questions. All of the faith elements in this story felt real and natural. Faith isn’t the central theme, but it’s present and organic in its presence.
This is definitely a great read for fans of the series Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee wrote together, The Books of Mortals. It’s suspenseful and action-packed, spanning across the US to Eastern Europe. Would I read the sequel? Yes. Absolutely. Can I read it tomorrow?!
Kissing. That characters are having sex is implied but not explicitly described.
Among Emily’s allies are monks and nuns. More than once she wonders about God’s role in her life, what his judgment would be for sins committed. She also spends some time thinking about her own faith.
Emily’s enemies are brutal. She witnesses their cruelty in the form of video clips sent to her showing friends they’ve captured and beaten. She witnesses the aftermath of the beating, not the act itself. She also learns of friends who’ve been murdered.
There are some brief details about Emily’s ancestor, the serial killer, but nothing drawn out or gory.
Emily drinks tequila and longs for a glass of wine. She is twenty-one.
Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.