After her divorce, Annie Kingston moves to quiet Grove Landing, California, looking for peace for herself and her two children. Then the woman across the street is murdered. Because of her background in art, Annie is asked by detectives to interview the only witness--the woman's twelve-year-old daughter--in order to draw a composite of the murderer. But Annie has no prior experience in interviewing a witness, especially one this traumatized. What if she taints the girl's fragile memory and the drawing is skewed? The detectives could be sent down the wrong path, while the killer freely walks the streets.

At the strangely hope-filled funeral of her Christian neighbor, Annie considers the claims of Christ. Is God real, and will He help track down a murderer? Divine intervention may be the only hope, but Annie may have to put her life in His hands to find out.

Collins' deft hand for suspense brings on the shivers in this first of the Hidden Faces series. A couple of elements were formulaic, though well done. (Apr., 400 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson