The sole survivor of a horrible tragedy, chef Reece Gilmore practices her own brand of therapy by traveling cross-country. Car problems sidetrack her in tiny Angel's Fist, Wyo., so she decides to stay. Reece reckons fate is stepping in when the job of cook at the local diner falls into her lap. Each baby step she takes toward "normalcy" is a victory, so she might just stick around.

Ex-reporter Brody is a mystery author who's made Angel's Fist his home. Through the grapevine, he thinks he'll easily get the scoop on Reece. He doesn't expect the feelings the haunted woman stirs in him. When Reece stumbles into Brody and claims to have seen a murder on the other side of the river, he provides support, even though no body or evidence is found. Is Reece's mind playing tricks on her, or is she being gaslighted?

Roberts' strengths are many, but richly defined characters are at the top. This story of the mental and emotional challenges faced by a damaged woman is wholly gripping, even more so because of the eerie psychological element. Add in murder, mystery and romance and you have a chart topper. (Jul., 448 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith