In Vasaro, France, there is an attempted kidnapping of the young daughter of U.S. President Jonathan Andreas and little Cassies secret service guard and nanny are brutally murdered. Only the timely intervention by a mystery man named Michael Travis foils the plot. Unfortunately the shock of what Cassie has witnessed leaves her in a catatonic state.

Dr. Jessica Riley is known for reaching catatonic patients, including her own sister, Melissa Riley. Melissa had spent years in a catatonic state, but has now recovered and is a student at Harvard. There is one aspect of Melissas recovery that Jessica refuses to accept Melissas new psychic gifts.

In order to help Cassie with her horrible nightmares, Jessica insists that Michael Travis be found and then brought to Cassies side. As it turns out, Michael is the one person that Cassie responds to. But he is playing a very dangerous game that involves the secret service and a cold-blooded killer. Meanwhile Meslissas sense of something evil stirring is only growing stronger.

Gripping suspense is Iris Johansens trademark, and she certainly doesnt disappoint. Ms. Johansen also ties in previous characters from her earlier book Reap The Wind. Great reading! (Jun., 384 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith