In this third installment of Meg Powers’ life as the daughter of the first female president of the United States, Meg is kidnapped by terrorists just before her high school graduation.
The book is divided into three sections. The first is Meg prior to rescue. White keeps us inside Meg’s head and what’s going on in Meg’s head seems very realistic. The pages fly by. Meg interacts with only one of the terrorists. He tortures her mercilessly but also brings a bottle of good scotch into the room where she’s being held and sits and drinks it with her.
In the second section, Meg is in the hospital. Again, White keeps us inside Meg’s head, and what’s going on in Meg’s head seems very realistic. Again the pages fly by.
In the third section, Meg is home at the White House. We are inside Meg’s head until her best friend arrives. Beth seems to fix Meg’s emotional reaction to what’s happened to her much too easily. By the end of the book, Meg is planning to start college at George Washington University in just a few weeks. It’s hard to believe that Meg could be planning such a thing when only a week or two earlier the drive from the hospital to the White House terrified her.
Politics are woven into this story of tremendous pain and perseverance. Meg would never have been kidnapped were she not the daughter of the president. And once Meg returns, the president has to divide her time between being a mother to Meg and being the president. Meg is angry with her mother for being the president and thus putting Meg in a position to be kidnapped. Meg is also afraid given the failure of her secret service detail to protect her. In fact, she knows that one of them betrayed her.
If I could read fast enough, I would have read this book in one sitting. The label “political thriller” certainly fits.