Zero Day by Jan Gangsei
**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley, release date 1/12/16.
Summary from Goodreads:
Eight years ago, Addie Webster was the victim of the most notorious kidnapping case of the decade. Addie vanished—and her high-profile parents were forced to move on.
Mark Webster is now president of the United States, fighting to keep the oval office after a tumultuous first term. Then, the unthinkable happens: the president’s daughter resurfaces. Addie is brought back into her family’s fold, but who is this sixteen-year-old girl with a quiet, burning intelligence now living in the White House? There are those in the president’s political circle who find her timely return suspicious.
When the NSA approaches Darrow Fergusson, Addie’s childhood best friend and the son of the president’s chief of staff, he doesn’t know what to think. How could this slip of a girl be a threat to national security? But at the risk of having his own secrets exposed by the powerful government agency, Darrow agrees to spy on Addie.
It soon becomes apparent that Addie is much more than the traumatized victim of a sick political fringe group. Addie has come with a mission. Will she choose to complete it? And what will happen if she does?
I read this book fairly quickly because it kept my interest, always a good thing. I enjoy shows like Scandal and this setting reminded me of that (well, anything presidential does really!). Addie was not my favorite character, because I could not understand her motivation behind her actions, but I still enjoyed her story. I really liked Darrow’s character and felt he was easy to relate to. I felt sorry for him at several points because of Addie’s behavior. I was unsure of what was going to happen…unpredictability is mostly a good thing when reading, right? I wish the author would have featured Addie’s sister, Ellie, more prominently as she seemed like a character I would have liked to read about. Towards the end, I kept thinking surely she was setting up for a sequel, but I don’t really know. What do you think?
I have already ordered for my library and will happily recommend to my students who like suspenseful stories. The writing style is good and fast-paced.
My rating: 4/5