Forster's latest is a well-written
noirish thriller with a serpentine
plot and strong conflict. Unfortunately,
the characters are a nasty lot, which
could keep readers from investing in
the story. Even poor Alison doesn't generate much sympathy.

After a near-fatal yachting accident, Alison Fairmont Villard regains consciousness with partial amnesia. Initially believed murdered by her millionaire husband, Andrew, Alison still has only flashes of memory six months afterward, and even though they don't always match what Andrew's telling her, she has little choice but to trust him. Unwillingly reunited with her estranged brother, Bret, and their mother, Julia, Alison is subjected to emotional abuse -- and there's worse to come.

FBI agent Tony Bogart is probing the disappearance of Marnie Hazelton, the woman he believes murdered his brother, and his search brings him to the Villards. Bogart is determined to uncover the truth about the case, even if he destroys Alison's life in the process. (MIRA, May, 512 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer