For several years, widow Kelly Stone has existed quietly. She runs a country inn and raises her young daughter, Jade. One of a small group of survivors of a cult's mass suicide, Kelly has been untouched by the shadows of the past for years. She fears only her memories—until one of the other survivors goes missing while on her way to visit Kelly.

With the unexpected help of officer Ian Campbell, Kelly makes some disquieting discoveries—most of which concern something mysterious going on across the lake. Something that places Kelly and her daughter in terrible danger.

Coffey skillfully combines chilling realism with genuine humor and a terrific romance. Fourth Victim is an excellent read, guaranteed to keep readers guessing—and staying up really late. (Jul., 400 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer