Nick Cahill has not seen his family in yearsand with good reason. When his brother Alex suddenly appears, Nick knows it can only be bad news. Alexs wife Marla was in a car accident and is now in a coma. Alex and his mother feel that Nicks presence might get through to Marla, since before she married Alex, she and Nick were lovers.

Trapped within her own body, Marla Cahill can hear the voices around her, but cannot respond. When she does finally awaken, she has amnesia and cannot recall what happened. Despite his bitter feelings toward Marla, Nick arrives to lend his support and Marla instinctively trusts him. Something is very wrong. Could someone be trying to kill her?

The somewhat brittle edges of these characters make it difficult to be completely sympathetic to their plight. However, Ms. Jackson does a very good job building the tension and menacing atmosphere. (Oct., 320 pp, $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith