Stark terror fills the pages as a psychopath holds his victims with the threat of death in Springer’s first suspense novel. She captures the fear of the women and the sickness of their captor with precision and the resolution of the kidnapping with unforeseen irony.
Dorrie White is ravaged by a severe case of lupus. She’s also trailing the daughter she was forced to give up years before. When she sees Juliet whisked away by a stranger, her only option is to follow. Her chase leads her to the small town she was barred from long ago. Not accustomed to surveillance, she too is picked up by the one man she hoped never to see again. Held in the building that was witness to her past sins, Dorrie uses her wits and waning energy to free herself and her daughter. On the outside, her husband wrestles with the authorities in an effort to find her. (NAL, Nov., 304 pp., $14.00)