They call it Company Town - a city-size oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes, now owned by one very wealthy, powerful, byzantine family: Lynch Ltd.
Hwa is of the few people in her community (which constitutes the whole rig) to forgo bioengineered enhancements. As such, she's the last truly organic person left on the rig - making her doubly an outsider as well as a neglected daughter and bodyguard extraordinaire. Still, her expertise in the arts of self-defense and her record as a fighter mean that her services are yet in high demand. When the youngest Lynch needs training and protection, the family turns to Hwa. But can even she protect against increasingly intense death threats seemingly coming from another timeline?
Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city's stability and heightens the unease of a rig turning over. All signs point to a nearly invisible serial killer, but all of the murders seem to lead right back to Hwa's front door. Company Town has never been the safest place to be - but now the danger is personal.
A brilliant, twisted mystery, as one woman must evaluate saving the people of a town that can't be saved or saving herself.
©2016 Madeline Ashby (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
Some great world building by the author, a kickass protagonist in Hwa and an ending that rather lets the whole side down. It feels rushed and the way Hwa is saved and altered feels like a betrayal to her characters growth as the story progressed.
Still, I enjoyed the book. Narration was good, apart from some of the accents attempted , listened at X1.5 playback speed.
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