Pepper grabs the reader from the get-go and enthralls until the final page. Her intriguing plot centers on allegations of marital infidelity and the mysterious events surrounding a brutal murder.

Anais (Annie) decides to leave husband Bobby after discovering unexplained credit card charges and intimate e-mails sent to him. She takes infant daughter Lexy from Kentucky to the home of her twin sister, Julie, in Massachusetts. But Annie's arrival is marred by tragedy. A young woman resembling the twins is found murdered outside Julie's home, and police initially suspect Bobby, who arrived at Julie's home ahead of Annie, with hopes of reconciling with her.

As Annie prepares for new employment in New York, she is inexplicably arrested for grand larceny. After Bobby bails her out, he and Annie unite to find the person responsible for his unexplained credit card charges and her arrest for grand larceny. When Julie disappears with Lexy, Annie learns that those closest to you may be your greatest enemies. (Onyx, May, 320 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick