You know that feeling you get when you see a bad accident on the highway? You don't want to see it, but you can't help looking. You're compelled to stare as you drive by. That's the feeling you'll have while reading McFadyen's new thriller. It's terrifying in a way
that sneaks up on you and, disturbing though it may be, you keep reading, turning pages like mad because you have to know how it all ends. Settle back and hold on tight. You're in for
a rough ride.
FBI agent Smoky Barrett and her team are at their friend's wedding on the beach. It's a happy occasion, until it's interrupted by a car that stops in the parking lot. A woman is thrown out, and the car races off. The woman screams and then collapses. This becomes the most bizarre case of Barrett's career. Serial abductions and torture by an assailant who is smart and careful, leaving little evidence behind. It's a case that challenges not only Barrett's investigative skills but also her family, her psyche and her life. (BANTAM, Nov., 400 pp., $25.00)