The Girl in the Box (Books 1-3)
by Robert J Crane
Book #1 Alone
Sienna Nealon was a 17 year-old girl who had been held prisoner in her own house by her mother for twelve years.
Then one day her mother vanished, and Sienna woke up to find two strange men in her home.
On the run, unsure of whom to turn to and discovering she possesses mysterious powers, Sienna finds herself pursued by a shadowy agency known as the Directorate and hunted by a vicious, bloodthirsty psychopath named Wolfe, each of which is determined to capture her for their own purposes.
Book #2 Untouched
Still haunted by her last encounter with Wolfe and searching for her mother, Sienna Nealon must put aside her personal struggles when a new threat emerges – Aleksandr Gavrikov, a metahuman so powerful, he could destroy entire cities – and he’s focused on bringing the Directorate to its knees.
Book #3 Soulless
After six months of intense training with the Directorate, Sienna Nealon finds herself on her first assignment – tracking a dangerous meta across the upper midwest.
With Scott Byerly and Kat Forrest at her side, she’ll face new enemies and receive help from unlikely allies as she stumbles across the truth behind the shadowy organization known only as Omega.
I love a good series, and this has the makings of a great one. These first three books have been more than gripping, indeed I read all of them within a week and couldn’t wait to get on to the next one. Each book sees Sienna develop, both as a young woman and as a metahuman with extraordinary powers. We see her grow as she faces up to regular everyday issues that have been missing in her life thus far. She makes friends and learns to control her feelings, although not always successfully. At the same time she is struggling to master her powers and not destroy everything just because she can. It’s a learning curve for her and we, as the reader, get to accompany her on her journey into adulthood. Whilst her life is way beyond normal, the emotions she expresses are raw and genuine; her reactions are typical of her peers, but lack subtlety. It’s a fun read, full of unexpected twists and intrigue. Fortunately there are several more books to follow in this series, so by the time I’ve finished them, my speed reading skills will be honed to perfection.