This fifth book written 10 years on, illuminates our current political climate of fear and division. It follows known characters, including Callie Rose, now a high-powered lawyer, who is to defend a murder charge against her ruthless former boyfriend Tobey, on track to be the nation’s first Nought prime minister. Interweaving past and present, it introduces Callie’s half-brother, and the girl who is his rival, who are kidnapped together. This tense tale is about love, friendship, sex, power and corruption. Rich in moral and social issues, it is devastating about racial attitudes and tantalisingly inconclusive.
Blackman is great at explosive love-hate relationships, the kind that make characters get the wrong end of the stick and say things they will regret later. A highlight in Crossfire is a no-holds-barred scene in which Troy and Libby come head to head during school elections. Sparks fly, too, in the realm of grownup politics, spin and fake news... Blackman also has a talent for producing relatable characters, gutsy dialogue and page-turning action. Crossfire is a cracking story that fans of the series will love. And if, like me, they are surprised by the abrupt nature of the cliffhanger ending, at least they’ll know there’s another volume to come.