Rating: 2 out of 5.Erica Jewell has a lot in common with Stephanie Plum. The end of her marriage and a low bank balance was a big motivator for Erica. These were just the marked similarities in the beginning. Another idea that I didn’t warm up to was how easily Erica allowed a bullet-wounded stranger into her house when she realised that the police were searching for him. I mean there were police crawling all over her street and helicopters searching for this man and she is like, yeah why not, I am a nice person and this poor guy is hurt so why not open my doors to a wanted man. It was a foolish decision and it precluded me from connecting with her. But she doesn’t just do this once, she does it again when he calls her and asks her to pick up something for $10,000. By this time, I found her not only foolish, but lacking morals. So she goes, and guess what she picks up? A gun. Ladies and gentlemen, she doesn’t call the police and let them handle things, although she is guilty for co-conspiring and they rightly ought to have arrested her too, but she picks it up and quickly hides it in a bag and takes it home. Added to this was the rumour that the fertiliser that was stolen on the night she hid the stranger in her house, was something that could be used and was probably being used in terrorist activities. In the end, it doesn’t matter if the guy wasn’t a terrorist or if he was wrongly accused, prima facie, he was shot, his hair colour was obviously dyed as a disguise, his activities were suspicious and you don’t even know him! You do not just help a guy who could be a part of a terrorist organisation and hope for the best. She barely asks any questions relating to his activity and what he was doing there and why and even if she does, she doesn’t get a proper answer. And this is just 36 pages into the book.There were many instances where I found Erica to be a push over… For example where she, without much argument, agrees to the ‘stranger’s’ demands or when her mother invites the stranger (Jack Jones) over for dinner or when she invites herself over to Jack’s house, even though she doesn’t want him over, or when her ex, later on, asks to stay with her in the house for a couple of nights, she lets him and so on. And then there was another part where the police wants her to call them if she sees her ex. She sees him, but does she call the police? Nope. She doesn’t even have a reason for not calling them. When Jack asks her why she didn’t call him she goes “I don’t know. I...”???? I just don’t get it. Was she feeling lazy? Could she not have picked up a phone and dialled a number or was that too difficult for her. Because as far as I could see, there was no love lost between her and her ex, especially with him maliciously flaunting his blonde girlfriend. This happened not once but twice and the second time when she lets him stay in the house for two nights, I was happy when he left with all her money and credit cards, she needed to learn a lesson or maybe many lessons. Then Jack rightly asks her why she hasn’t divorced him, especially now when it seems that her ex was related to some suspicious activities and she doesn’t have an answer! She doesn’t have an answer for anything, why didn’t you call the police, oh I don’t know, why haven’t you divorced your ex, oh I don’t know? The only person I liked was Lucy. She was the only level-headed, rational character. She was head-strong and had her ethics and morals straight. Although she couldn’t influence her friend’s decisions, she at least tried. ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Penguin Australia.