Harper spins an engaging, nerve-wracking yarn, alternating her emphasis between several equally interesting
plot strands. Most importantly, her
red herrings do the job -- there's
just no guessing who the guilty party might be.

Relocating to southwest Florida is a big change for Julie Minton's 14-year-old daughter, Randi. But Julie's dedicated to helping the disturbed teenage girls who come to stay at her resort, and she's confident that Randi will adjust. That assumption is challenged when Randi goes off on a Jet-Ski with a boy named Thad -- when there's a hurricane forecast. When the two fail to return, Julie contacts Thad's father, Zach Brockman.

An ex-SEAL, Zach runs a fishing charter and knows the nearby waters well. But the teens have seemingly vanished, and as the hurricane draws closer, Julie and Zach become increasingly concerned -- then frantic.

People are dying, in ways unconnected to the storm, so Julie and Zach can't help wondering if those responsible have also taken their children.

(Jun., 400 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer