Mitchell Rafferty, a 28-year-old Southern Californian, deeply loves his wife, Holly, and owns a small landscaping business. While working at a site, Mitch receives a phone call telling him that unless he comes up with $2 million in 60 hours, Holly will be killed. To prove their resolve, the kidnappers torture Holly over the phone and then shoot a man walking his dog across the street from where Mitch is standing.

Mitch and Holly are not wealthy and do not have the means to raise the ransom. And although Mitch fears for Holly's life, he doesn't contact the police. All he can do is go home and wait for the next phone call, which will offer more instructions. Over the next 60 hours, a desperate Mitch learns exactly what he's capable of and unlocks some devastating truths about his life and family.

Gripping doesn't begin to express the gut-wrenching tension this amazing novel produces. Koontz is one of this country's finest storytellers, partially because of his talent for layering emotion with adrenaline-pumping action. Putting down this book once you start is not an option! (Jun., 416 pp., $27.00)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith