Eight months ago, Texas school teacher Susan Maddox's world fell apart when her husband, Brian, ran off with the banker's wife and embezzled a ton of money. Adding insult to injury, the townspeople are gossiping that Brian didn't really run off—they're saying Susan killed him.

Fed up and in danger of losing her job, Susan decides to approach Brian's tech-savvy brother Luke for help. Susan and Luke have a history together, which makes things awkward, but he's the only person Susan knows who might be able to unlock the secrets of Brian's crashed hard drive.

The police are of no help, and Susan suspects that evidence in the case has disappeared. Despite his mother's bitter feelings toward Susan, Luke feels obligated to try to undo the mess that Brian left in his wake. But where is Brian and what is he up to?

It is hard to know who to trust when treachery and skullduggery are found around every corner. Thompson does a good job playing up the lies and danger while a rocky romance tries to be born. (Nov., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith