By Meg Gardiner
Dutton, $25.95, 351 pages

Autumn Reiniger has it all – the cars, the vacations, the house, and the perfect boyfriend. She expects her wealthy father to do something special for her twenty-first birthday. But what do you get for a girl who has been everywhere and who owns everything? Daddy Dearest hires Edge Adventures to plan the ultimate urban reality game for Autumn and five friends. A simulated drug deal, manhunt, and jailbreak will take them through the streets of San Francisco. Fast cars and fake guns complete this high-priced version of cops and robbers. When a gang of real kidnappers after the family money zeros in on Autumn, the party quickly turns into a nightmare. Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett and her boyfriend Gabe happen upon the crime in progress and are swept up into an adrenaline-filled adventure that turns deadly. Author Meg Gardiner, in her newest book The Nightmare Thief, takes readers on a thrilling ride through city streets and into the treacherous Tuolumne County wilderness. It is not necessary to have read any of Gardiner’s previous books to enjoy this fast-paced and exciting plot. Beckett is a strong female character who readers can easily root for and invest time to follow through her various adventures.

Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin