Two isolated and haunted people collide when a Miami-based radio talk show host gets into a car accident with a former cop on a lonely stretch of road called Alligator Alley. Diamond, an African-American "Dr. Ruth," is haunted by the fact that one of her deranged fans has escaped a straightjacket and padded cell and may very well attempt to take her life again. Michael has left his life as a cop behind because it seems like everyone he loves—most tragically, his daughter—dies. So how can a haunted woman and a very disillusioned man escape their pasts and fall in love?

Perrin keeps the thrills coming in the vividly told IN A HEARTBEAT. You will tense every time you think that the psychotic Clay is lurking around the corner—and your heart will skip a beat every time Michael takes Diamond in his arms and melts her with kisses. (Apr., 288 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Diane White