After a foiled attempt on the lives of world leaders, criminal mastermind Ivan Fradkov successfully eludes world-renowned nonverbal expert Doctor Genevieve Lenard and her team for months. But things heat up quickly when a stranger is assassinated in the chair next to Genevieve while she’s having lunch with her friend.
Barely controlling her autistic mind’s need to shut down and escape the influx of intel and emotional upheaval, she tries to make sense of an unreliable spy’s sudden co-operation, a friend’s kidnapping and a team member’s life hanging in the balance.
Then time runs out and Genevieve is faced with an impossible choice. Does she stay by the side of a loved one who desperately needs her or does she put her own life in danger to stop a psychopath?
Unfortunately, it’s one thing after another the team has to deal with and Jenny is somewhat distracted by her interpersonal relationships. She must decide if having people in her life is taking away from her love of knowledge and research.
I especially enjoyed the way Ms Ryan wrote Jenny’s character in The Uccello Connection. From the beginning of the Genevieve Lenard series, Jenny has been evolving with more interpersonal relationships (she's autistic). Each book it seems, another character ends up as a part of their group. This time around, Jenny’s friendships might be the thing to make her pull back and reassess just where her life is going. There were several instances when Jenny was actually a bit more normal in her feelings and then tried to lock them away.
The pace of The Uccello Connection is hectic. Just as one challenge arises, another is right behind. The team needs to find out if all the problems are connected. In addition, the psychopath might just be playing them for fools in his bid for revenge. Even knowing who the big bad is, Ms Ryan develops the plot in a way I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen next and to who.
Ms Ryan weaves a wonderful tale with memorable characters. I love Jenny and missed her being front and center.
What I didn’t like: The Uccello Connection had a lot of characters, in addition to the central cast, that had a larger part to play in plot. I lost track of who some of those characters were and their different specialties.
Jenny is the hub and the driving force but in this instance, she seemed a bit off. I think that was Ms Ryan’s point but I’m not sure.
I flew through this book and now must wait to see what happens when Jenny drops a bombshell at the very end of this story!
I'm overjoyed with the price of The Uccello Connection. You definitely get your money's worth with this book!
I recommend The Uccello Connection to readers of suspense with an atypical heroine. My best advice though is to start at the very beginning of the series.