In the eighth installment of Clark's series about the KEY News network, correspondent Diane Mayfield gets embroiled in a murder at the Jersey Shore when she's assigned to interview Leslie Patterson, a kidnap victim from the town of Ocean Grove, New Jersey.

Leslie claims to have been kidnapped from the boardwalk and held captive for three days, but police believe that she may be perpetrating a hoax. Then another young woman goes missing, and Ocean Grove is transformed from an idyllic summer retreat into a place of mystery and foreboding.

With suspects aplenty, Clark's latest keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Is the culprit the town's homeless war veteran or the missing girl's boyfriend? Although the novel seems to end abruptly after an eerie, surprising finale, Clark's latest is haunting and entrancing. (Jul., 352 pp., $21.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick