Webb does an outstanding job upping the eerie factor in this uniquely twisted story. The heroine's extensive baggage makes her deductive processes and actions compelling yet somewhat questionable. Still, Webb moves to a whole new level with this book, and the ending is off-the-charts creepy.
Is this case connected to a 20- year-old one in which two other girls were brutally murdered? No one in town wants to believe that a killer is hiding among them. (ST. MARTIN'S, Jan., 362 pp., $7.99)