In the aftermath of a tornado's destruction of a small Oklahoma town, the local police chief, Charlie Grover, assumes a family of four was killed by flying debris. But an autopsy reveals there may be a murderer on the loose.

When he discovers surrounding states have seen similar deaths during tornadoes, he realizes he has a unique serial killer on his hands—one that seems to have the uncanny ability to sense when and where one will strike. For help understanding tornadoes, Charlie turns to wind researcher and storm chaser Willa Bellman. With tornado season in full swing, the killer seems to be getting bolder. Will Charlie and Willa be able to stop this madman before the next monster storm hits?

In a word—wow! Blanchard has outdone herself in this unique and mesmerizing thriller. With both an angry Mother Nature and a deranged serial killer on the loose, THE BREATHTAKER grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. An astonishing ride! (Nov., 391 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith