For lovers of Michaels’ novels, her latest will be fine. For those who may be new to the author, characters that aren’t very likable or realistic and a story that doesn’t get going until halfway through the book could be off-putting.
Childless Kate and Alex Rocket have always treated Sara and Emily, their friends’ daughters, as if they were their own children, but everything changes when Sara accuses Alex of molesting her. Kate watches as an incompetent attorney lands her innocent husband in jail, where he is killed in a senseless act of prison violence. Now, Kate’s bone-deep grief is transformed into a cold-blooded quest for revenge. (ZEBRA, Jul., 384 pp., $7.99)