4/12 - I liked Tessa and Ian/John. I didn't really like the motivating factor behind Ian/John's appearance in Barefoot Bay. I just couldn't believe that the UK Protected Persons Service would take a victim's children away from him or that they would force him get married in order for them to allow him to be reunited with them. I also thought the idea that they would plant a woman in his path to see if he would stray from the story they had given him was ridiculous, and then to find out that woman was actually on the board in charge of deciding whether or not to give him back his children and now had a vendetta against him because of the actions she entrapped him into performing went well past the extent of my disbelief boundaries. After finding everything to do with the UKPPS completely outrageous I decided to look them up. If you want to do the same they're under Specialist Capabilities on the National Crime Agency UK website. They have a twelve minute video giving a brief explanation of what they do through the stories of two real protected persons. The woman who told her story was not able to see her children for some years, but that was because she didn't have custody of them at the time she was placed into the program. The man who told his story went into the program with his wife and young child. Neither of them left the UK. I don't think moving protected persons out of the country is something they do. If, in an extreme case, they decided moving a witness to the US was warranted I would think that there's enough single fathers of twins for this particular single father of twins to take his twins with him to wherever he ended up. I mean it's a very large world out there, is this NIL gang so large that they have the money and manpower to search the whole world for a specific single father with twins? I got to say I don't think so, so that's another thing that ruined the entire premise of the book for me. Overall, I thought this was a disappointing ending to a fun series. Barefoot in the Sun, the third book in the series was my favourite, this was my least favourite.
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