Ten years ago, Rory Connolly's older sister Carleen was one of four teenage girls to vanish from the small town of Lake Charlotte. Carleen's disappearance shattered the Connolly family and Rory vowed never to return. But now, on the anniversary of Carleen's disappearance, Rory must return to Lake Charlotte to help her mentally ill mother care for Rory's 13-year-old sister, Molly.

Meanwhile, the attractive Barrett Maitland, a true crime reporter, has come to Lake Charlotte to do a story on the missing girls, and when he interviews Rory, the attraction is instantaneous.

When Molly's best friend disappears, the town is thrown into turmoil. As the tension grows, Rory decides to find out what really happened 10 years earlier. She soon suspects that danger is not only lurking close at hand but is hiding behind a familiar, friendly face.

Filled with nail-biting suspense, danger, and surprise, ALL THE WAY HOME is a delectable read. Staub is a master at creating scary situations and the spookiest of characters. Youll find yourself looking over your shoulder long after the last page is turned. (May, 416 pp., $6.99 —Hardcover published September 1999)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg