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.

Investigative reporter Sarah Newton gets at the truth of complex cases involving myth and murder. The daughter of a serial killer, Sarah has her own personal demons to fight. Her new case involves the torture murder of a teenager and the disappearance of a second girl. Although local authorities aren't happy with Sarah's presence, they assign council member Kale Connor to be her liaison. The two find each other aggravating but attractive.

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)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith