On Christmas Day, Charlotte Gray's husband goes outside to take out the trash and never returns. She's certain something terrible has happened, until an FBI agent shows up and informs her she's been duped by an international terrorist.

Less than two years later, Charlotte is kidnapped by a man who claims to be protecting her. He also claims there's more to the story about her husband. Charlotte is thrust into days of not knowing who she can trust and what the truth actually is.

FBI agents, IRA soldiers, French authorities—everyone has a story for her, and Charlotte finds herself at a loss. After being betrayed once, she won't allow herself to be easily fooled again, even if her handsome captor does seem to know how to find cracks in her, new hardened exterior.

In a story rich with espionage and written with enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing, Cresswell is certain to delight her fans and make some new ones at the same time. (May, 400 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson