In this, the fourth Aimee Leduc book, Aimee is attacked and left blinded. In the next passage over another young woman is killed and the flics are quick to blame the “Beast of the Bastille”, a notorious serial killer who has recently been set free on a technicality, for both attacks. Even in her vulnerable state, Aimee can “smell” there is something wrong with this pat answer and sets about solving this latest mystery. Her partner Rene comes to the fore as he is called upon to do more of the legwork and he has a new appreciation for what Aimee does. While she starts to learn how to navigate the world anew, she does what she can to help, using software that Rene has installed on her computer that voices what she is typing and “seeing” in return. But she is attacked again and she knows that she cannot just sit idly by, she must act.
Using the help of Rene and some new non-sighted friends, she makes her way around and questions people, digging up more clues. The descriptions of her trials as she fights to make her way around the cobbled streets of the Bastille are particularly compelling. But Aimee is nothing if not a fighter and she presses on, despite her internal fear that this blindness may be permanent.
Blindness felt like being naked in a world of clothed people. All her expressions were read, but she could decipher none.
Learning to adapt and managing her own fears and simmering emotions go hand in hand with this investigation, leaving me to breathlessly turn the pages. On to number 5!