This one wasn't QUITE as good as the previous 2, but it was close! The others' greatness stems from their plot pacing. They're extremely gripping and impossible to put down. This one was still paced extremely well, but it eased up a little on the intensity. This one had better ebbs and flows compared to the previous ones, because it actually had ebbs instead of what felt like 20 second breathers before starting the next set of reps. Lol. This one shines for a different reason, though. This one shines because of its unflinching portrayal of trauma. Most series send their characters through horrific, traumatic events and, at most, they cry a bit and then they're fine. Not so with Rachel Caine's writing. These characters have been through hell already, and then they experience true Hell in this book. And it shows. And then, after they're escape, some have to make more impossible choices that will further not only their own trauma, but their friends' traumas as well.