What a fab read/listen! I didn't miss anything by starting with second in the series, but now I can't wait to read the first in the series, IMMORAL.
This, like all of my favorites, is a character study as much as it is a thriller. I empathized with the good guys and one or two of the bad. There were several back stories going on at any given time and they all meshed.
My favorite part was that just when you thought the story had been told....yeah...it kept going and it made sense and it wasn't just to fill out a few more pages. The stories had to be told.
My favorite character: Amanda. Loved her bite and humor.