When Maggie Conlin’s son and husband disappear, Maggie is frantic to find them but there are no leads. Meanwhile, RCMP officer Daniel Graham is in Faust’s Fork near Banff, Alberta, releasing his wife’s ashes and preparing to end his own life when he spots something pink in the rushing river below. A little girl is in trouble. Graham’s instincts kick in and he’s soon in the water trying to rescue the child. He almost doesn’t make it. After Dan’s revived, he learns that the girl has died. Although her brother and mother’s bodies have been found, the father is missing. This isn’t Dan’s case, yet the girl’s last words to him trouble Dan enough to start asking questions. Those questions come with dangerous consequences, especially after he meets Maggie Conlin and starts putting the puzzle together.
Six Seconds is a nicely crafted thriller that takes its time letting the story unfold, and this is a good thing. The reader is allowed to know the characters and their motives while the tension steadily builds. Like most thrillers, the stakes are huge, this time revolving around a jihadist assassination plot against the Pope while he’s visiting the U.S. And like most thrillers, some scenes are set in other parts of the world. The multiple points of view makes this a page turner as the reader knows the danger Maggie and Dan are heading toward. As I said, the attention to detail in pacing, backstory, logic, and descriptions set it above many other thrillers.