In this second series outing, ex-cop turned P.I. Teri Blake-Addison investigates the disappearance of a woman who took up with a man she met online. Teri hits dead ends until she begins to link the disappearance with one of her old murder cases. A young man deemed head of a religious cult was blamed for the shooting deaths of four girls before turning the gun on himself.
But what if another person was the real killer? And what if the commune was not a cult but something innocent manipulated by a master of Internet graft? Teri discovers her client, the missing woman's best friend, is neck-deep in the "web" of deception of this same killer. Will she be too late to stop another murder? CHAT ROOM is a stimulating read, though a plot hole costs some enjoyment at the end. (Sep., 290 pp., $11.99)