Although he only saw the teenage girl for two appointments a decade ago, Lauren Teague made an impression on psychologist Alex Delaware. So when Laurens mother, Jane Abbot, approaches Alex for help in finding the now-missing young woman, he feels compelled to try.

Alex knowsbut Jane apparently does notthat a number of years ago Lauren wound up working as a high-class stripper and hooker. Alex last saw Lauren at a bachelor party a few years ago, and felt guilt over his inability to help her.

According to Jane, Lauren had gotten her life together and was attending college. As Alex tries to unravel the mystery of the missing woman, the trail leads to the University where a year ago, another young woman vanished. Is there a connection between the two missing women?

Alexs missing person turns into a murder case when Laurens body is discovered. Alexs friend LAPD Det. Milo Sturgis takes on the case and it appears that Lauren was killed execution-style. What had she gotten into that would cost her life? Alex and Milo are determined to find out.

This riveting and powerful tale of murder, power and family dynamics is a real page-turner. Jonathan Kellerman hits another home run! (Dec., 371 pp., $26.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith