Now two world-renowned scientists have disappeared, and the bureau assigns Bailey to find them and hunt down the kidnapper. The agent soon suspects that a rare-metal shortage may be the link between the disappearances and that the motive is far more dangerous than she imagined. With the market in turmoil and prices sky-high, electronics companies and their power-hungry CEOs are ready to do anything—even kill—to keep production lines going.
When a third scientist disappears, Bailey throws caution aside to track the crimes to their source. But by immersing herself so deeply in the case, she risks letting down the defenses she’s built to contain the sociopath inside her.
What I liked: I wanted to love Point of Control as the plot and main character are so different from much of the books I read. An FBI agent who is an admitted sociopath but finds ways to control her behavior, never heard that one before. Agent Andra Bailey knows all about her condition and how to "conform" to act as a normal everyday person. She's very good at it too. She constantly adjusts and observes to ensure her actions don't call unwanted attention.
She is a top notch agent and has aspirations of rising higher in the FBI but isn't afraid to push the limits of the law to solve her cases. Her current case is to find kidnapped scientists and capture the kidnapper(s). Bailey quickly finds some disturbing links between the scientists.
Point of Control is a bit futuristic in the plot. It seems China has stopped exporting some precious metals needed in the electronics world, most especially cell phones. This was a creative idea developed by Ms Sellers considering today's dependence on so much tech.
There are some politics brewing in Bailey's section and she's trying to decide which "boss" to placate and which to impress in order to follow her plan to move up in her section. But then she's unexpectedly removed from the case. Bailey has other ideas especially since meeting and becoming so attracted to one of the kidnapped scientist’s son. She's promised to find his mother and she doesn't like to let go of a case when it seems too many people above her are trying to downplay the connections between the kidnappings.
What I didn't like: Here's the thing, I picked Point of Control because I more interested in how a sociopathic FBI agent could do her job without losing control of her condition. That’s some of what I got but it wasn’t the driving force of the book.
While I did finish the book, there were several times I thought about just walking away. The characters seemed shallow and not well-developed. I didn’t connect with any of them except for a couple of secondary ones. The romance for our heroine seemed to me to be added because it was part of a checklist. I didn’t find it believable and actually thought it was awkward.
The book is told from two points of view, Agent Bailey and the kidnapper. Since I couldn’t connect with either character, the pacing for me was bogged down. I will say the last three chapters were my favorites.
I’ve read other works by Ms Sellers and thoroughly enjoyed them, not the case here.