Computer genius Emily Doyle lives quietly with her son, supporting them through a variety of jobs. She thinks the anonymous gifts she's been receiving lately are from a harmless admirer, but the sender—hacker Lyden Gray—is anything but that.

Obsessed with Emily, Lyden is crazy enough to use his technical capabilities to get her attention by causing a series of car accidents. When investigator Ben Colter is called in to find out what's going on, Lyden is infuriated by Ben's budding romance with Emily—and enraged enough to kill anyone, even the woman he says he loves.

Utilizing an all-too-plausible scenario that should chill new car owners everywhere, Coffey takes the reader on a wild ride. It all works because Lyden is believable, even semi-sympathetic in his own demented way, instead of just a drooling caricature. (Jul., 400 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer