HELL TO PAY
This fast-paced novel features a chilling villain, and the way the perpetrator manipulates the victims’ lives is believable and scary. But the lead characters are not developed enough to make you feel fully invested in their fates.
As children, Lucy Walsh and Jeremy Cavalon both suffered at the hands of a serial killer. Now the two are married and expecting their first child. Lucy is oblivious to the fact that her husband is hiding a secret that will rock their future. Jeremy believes that the secret died with a prison inmate who was assumed dead after an earthquake destroyed the penitentiary where she was serving time. But the earthquake has provided the mentally unstable inmate with freedom to complete a twisted plan of vengeance. (AVON, Sep., 384 pp., $7.99)