It was supposed to be a quiet dinner party with her colleagues -- not the scene of a murder
But the murder of a stranger on her front lawn is only the first in a string of events that have Dr. Shannon Frasier's life teetering on the edge of chaos. She's unable to make the deeper commitment her boyfriend deserves. Her sister shows up at her home needing a place to stay but with no promise she'll remain sober. And her father is diagnosed with cancer.
Then Shannon's life stops teetering and plunges into the abyss. Because the person behind the guttural voice on the phone wants to know what the stranger said before he died. And he won't stop until Shannon gives him the information he wants -- even if she doesn't have it.
He's coming for her. She's not sure the police on the case can be trusted. And her only hope of escape -- for herself and for those she loves -- is to overcome her buried past.
Mabry delivers another page-turning suspense. There's something about his sparse, matter-of-fact style that captures my attention and urges me to read faster. It's easy to speed through one of his suspense novels for that very reason. Mystery and tension abound in this fast-paced plot that continuously left me reeling.
Shannon is hit with one catastrophe after another -- she barely recovers from one shock before the next one knocks her off kilter all over again. I was just as discombobulated as she was. And things get a whole lot more complicated before there is resolution. Like I said -- page-turning stuff.
I really appreciate the faith thread that the author naturally weaves into the story. Shannon is struggling to reclaim her faith. Mark is a steadfast constant -- a gentle spiritual influence. Love that he supported -- never pushed. A great lesson for us all.
Action and suspense with enough twists and turns to leave an armchair sleuth breathless with delight.
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