Using characters introduced in 2006's Triptych and once again returning to Atlanta, Slaughter seemingly sets a course of action for the narrative, only to flip it and move the story in a totally different direction. Hold on tight -- you're in for an exhilarating ride. Equally interesting are the characters involved in the investigation; their tangled lives are integral to how this case plays out. Just beware that the resolution and aftermath may leave you not only drained but also saddened.

When Abigail Campano arrives at her Ansley Park mansion, she finds the front door open and broken glass scattered on the porch. Inside is her worst nightmare. Her daughter Emma has been murdered, and the attacker is bending over the body. As Abigail backs away, the man comes after her and they struggle until he's dead -- strangled by Abigail. When the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrives to back up the Atlanta police, Will Trent, the lead agent, realizes the original assumption of what occurred is wrong. He knows that they have precious little time before something even more horrifying happens. (DELACORTE, Aug., 400 pp., $25.00)
Reviewed by: 
Sandra Garcia-Myers