A dramatic premise and a number of highly emotional scenes are the strongest aspects of this book. However, the villain is such a bumbling fool that it’s hard to take him seriously, and the story suffers because of this.
Walking in the Louisiana woods, mystery novelist Cari North witnesses her ex-fiancé, Lance Morgan, digging a grave. Alerted to her presence, Lance gives chase just as a tornado strikes. Cari arrives home to find her family hasn’t survived the storm, including her look-alike cousin, Susan, who was visiting. Injured herself, and now aware that Lance is capable of anything, Cari switches identities with Susan and leaves town. Hospitalized, she ponders her next move when Susan’s boss, businessman Michael Boudreaux, turns up. Michael sees instantly that she isn’t Susan, and demands an explanation. Once he hears Cari’s harrowing tale, Michael agrees to help, out of respect for Susan. Strong feelings arise as the two work together to find out who Lance was burying in the woods, and why — before he discovers that Cari’s still alive. (MIRA, Jun., 368 pp., $7.99)