I read this on the train back from ALA in Chicago back in June and haven't stopped recommending it since. I devoured it in one fell swoop it was so good. Not only was it a pageturner, it asks important questions about the state of our world and makes us think.
Girls disappear in Juarez. Some turn up dead. Some are never heard of again. Newspaper reporter Sara Zapata's best friend disappeared four months ago and suddenly a message comes through threatening the lives of her family if she keeps reporting on the missing girls. Her younger brother Emiliano is in love with the daughter of a lawyer, reputed to work for the cartels. As the Narcos surreptitiously try to recruit Emiliano, Sara discovers a cryptic message from her friend and the danger escalates with a shot up house, desert survival, and betrayal. A must read.