St. Louis trauma nurse and death investigator Molly Burke is trying to put her life back together after a lawsuit sent her spiraling into financial ruin. Then her 16-year-old estranged nephew arrives on the scene. With his parents in China, Molly agrees to keep the angry, resentful Patrick with her until they return.
When Molly receives anonymous notes, followed by gift boxes with painted human bones, her world becomes a nightmare. She soon comes to the terrifying conclusion that a serial killer is targeting her. The killer is most likely one of the abused children she once tried to help.
Molly and her colleagues try to determine if an abused child is salvageable, for studies show that if a child isn't rescued early, a soulless monster can develop.
This has got to be one of the most gripping, disturbing and ultimately tragic suspense tales ever written. Incredibly powerful, the book explores the potential origins of serial killers and the urgent necessity of finding and intervening before a child is lost. Unforgettable! (Mar., 384 pp., $24.95)
Jill M. Smith