Staub's books, filled with emotion and terrifying details, are impossible to put down. She writes in the present tense, which can take some getting used to, and the chapters are often divided abruptly between the many characters and plotlines. In the end, however, the threads are pulled together and your heart can stop pounding.
Camden Hastings has been tortured by visions of terrified children in danger since she was a teenager. She's had a troubled past; her mother disappeared when she was young and her sister killed herself.
Now she's reluctantly separated from her husband and trying to start
a new life with her teenage daughter, Tess. Cam's also trying to stop the drinking that has become a problem for her, as it was for her mother. But when the visions return, she feels terribly alone, especially when she sees one vision on a missing-child poster. She tries to help the police, but when her daughter disappears, Cam and
her husband race to find Tess before it's too late. (ZEBRA, May, 432 pp., $6.99)