Ken Follet, 2005 by Signet, 405 pages.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
As a Christmas Eve
blizzard whips out of the north, several people converge on a remote
family house. As the storm worsens, the emotional sparks-jealousies,
distrust, sexual attraction, rivalries-crackle, desperate secrets are
revealed, hidden traitors and unexpected heroes emerge.
This is the first book I've read by Ken Follett and I found it to be an easy read full of action and suspense. I really enjoyed parts of the book, the science and technology seemed well researched and authentic and the stakes kept getting higher and higher. There is international espionage and intimate betrayals.
The timeline on the book was so tight that it keeps you reading. The story takes place on Christmas Eve and day after a high tech lab is robbed and the culprits find themselves at the owner's family home.
Toni was a fun character - I love her self reliance and abilities, that she takes responsibility and can take care of herself. She is almost too tough to be true, but that is also part of the fun.
I thought the romantic tension between Toni and her boss, Stephen Oxenford, a bit off, it didn't quite work for me.
Overall, this was a fun, tense, packed book and, though I enjoyed reading it, I didn't love it.