Science Fiction/Supernatural/ thriller: the second book in the Return of the Aliens series.
Five months after "The Vanishing", Autumn is still looking for answers on where her sister went, but her primary concern is why the media and others around her (except for Alex) aren't questioning the aliens' motives. She does some investigating (led by her angelic helper) who directs her right to a dangerous man who has some nightmares of his own to contend with.
Screams echoed through the corridor as the elevator door opened. Vanessa Hayden glanced at Devon Patrick. “What’s going on down here?” she whispered.
He didn’t bother looking at her. Instead, he simply said, “The less you know, the better.” and walked forward. He expected his co-worker to follow him and she did. Stopping in front of the security guard who stood before a set of double doors, he held up his badge.
Despite the trepidation on Vanessa’s face, she followed suit.
The guard nodded and opened one of the doors, keeping his gun in his other hand. Devon refused to make eye contact with him. The guards were well trained, and if one wasn’t careful, secrets could come to light.
And that’s the last thing Devon wanted.
The hallway was dimly lit, making him all too aware that he was a good mile underground—in the bowels of the Earth. Closed doors ran the length of the corridor, except for one, and that’s the one he was instructed to take her to. He steeled himself against what he was about to do. There was no room for weakness. They were watching. His gaze darted to the camera in the corner of the hall. The thing was small, but since he’d been there before, he knew where to find it. He stopped in front of the open door and motioned to it.
Vanessa peered into the room lit by a blue light and stepped back.
That was when he looked at her.
There was no denying the fear in her eyes or the slight trembling of her body.
“If you don’t do it, they’ll kill you,” he whispered, knowing full well they could hear everything he said.
“But I didn’t sign up for this,” she softly replied, her voice wavering.
“There are many things you didn’t sign up for, but it’s your job.”
A man screamed from behind one of the closed doors and she jerked.
Closing the gap between them, he spoke at a volume he knew they wouldn’t hear. “You won’t remember a thing.”
Book 1, The Vanishing.
Book 3, The Leader.