Don't try reading this book on a dark and stormy night! Rising star Barton outdoes herself with a deeply disturbing yet utterly compelling novel. Filled with damaged or twisted characters, this psychological thriller examines how horrifying events can shape or break individuals. Completely chilling!

As a rookie detective, Lindsay McAllister was part of the team investigating the brutal murder of millionaire lawyer Judd Walker's wife. In the intervening years, this killer, now dubbed the Beauty Queen Killer, has struck numerous times. Judd hired his friend Griffin Powell's P.I. firm to catch the killer, and Griff hired Lindsay to work for him.

The killer strikes again, and the team gets its first break: a possible witness. When Judd decides he wants back in on the investigation, it's a double-edged sword for Lindsay. She's glad to see him returning to humanity, but her unrequited love for him makes it painful. (ZEBRA, Apr., 448 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith