The extreme highs and lows of the teen years play out in deadly fashion in Kellerman’s latest. Two storylines unexpectedly collide as Lt. Decker looks into a suicide that may be more than it appears. The emotional punch of this book is provided by 15-year-old musical prodigy Gabriel Whitman as he experiences first love. Timely and terrifying, this first-rate thriller doesn’t disappoint.
Gabe Whitman’s life has never been normal, partly because his father is a former professional assassin. After his parent’s complicated breakup last year, Gabe has been living with Peter and Rina Decker for stability. A musical prodigy, Gabe is also home-schooled. However, he becomes obsessed with something other than music after he meets 14-year-old Yasmine Nourmand. A grieving mother’s insistence that there is something wrong regarding the suicide of her teen son causes Peter and Sergeant Marge Dunn to take a closer look at an exclusive private school. A second suicide rings major alarm bells, for something ugly is definitely going on. (MORROW, Jan., 384 pp., $25.99)