Fielding has penned another heart-stopping novel notable for its depth of characterization and plotting. She incorporates equal doses of thrills and compassion for deserving characters. This look at the dark side of life explores how some survive and overcome the past while others succumb to evil. The story accelerates from the beginning and rockets to an astonishing conclusion.
Confronting Jill's dysfunctional past, Charley must deal with the wreckage that exists in her own family. And as she learns more about the murders, someone threatens what she holds most dear -- her kids. (Atria, Mar., 437 pp., $24.95)