Although her life seems glamorous, Key News anchor Eliza Blake is having a difficult time. Her husband died five years ago, before the birth of their daughter Janie, and most recently, her former housekeeper tried to kill her. To put the past behind them, Eliza and Janie move from Manhattan to Ho-ho-kus, NJ.

The move is a smooth one but Eliza's problems follow her. Her romance with fellow reporter Mack McBride hits a major snag when he's transferred to London. Worse, she receives letters that promise her a violent ending if she continues to "expose" herself on the air.

None of the threats would be taken seriously except several years earlier another reporter, with a resemblance to Eliza, disappeared, never to be heard from again. When her house is broken into and the threats continue, it's obvious that Eliza is meant to join the ranks of the "vanished."

Believable characters and a plot that constantly builds in tension make CLOSE TO YOU a fun book. It's easy to put yourself in Eliza's place, adding even more suspense to the story. (Aug., 352 pp., $6.99) Hardcover published September 2001.

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg