Despite a loving marriage to ex-FBI agent Pierce Quincy, P.I. Rainie Connor is spinning out of control, in part from alcohol and past trauma. One night someone approaches her car, a white light flashes and she loses consciousness. Rainie's car is found abandoned, and Pierce's FBI-agent daughter, Kimberly, and her cop boyfriend, Mac, immediately fly in to help search for the missing woman.

Pierce gets a ransom note, but its demands make little sense. Complicating the matter is the abduction of 7-year-old Dougie Jones, who seemed to be the first person to know that Rainie was missing. As the deadline approaches, Pierce, Kimberly, Mac and local officials try desperately to piece together the clues. Pierce is rapidly discovering how far he's willing to go to save someone he loves.

Gardner's explosive new novel hits on the age-old terror of losing the one you love. The story is told from two perspectives, that of the abductee and those trying to rescue her. A twist will keep you guessing and holding your breath until the very last page. (Feb., 368 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith