Violet Baker and Grady Monroe share a disturbing past. Twenty years ago Grady's half sister, who was also Violet's best friend, was murdered. Now, at 28, Violet has visions that the killer is at it again—only this time, she's the intended victim.

Grady, who's become the town sheriff, distrusts Violet's "gift" of second sight and is unnerved by her return to their small Southern hometown. But solving these murders will take both of them, and working together proves to have an upside; their romantic chemistry is something neither can deny.

Herron has crafted a psychologically frightening novel. The plot is complex and compelling, and the use of some Native American traditions adds dimension. The motivation of the killer stretches believability, but the story's twists are refreshingly not predictable. (May, 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel