Evaline Jaye's life was renewed four years ago by a nameless stranger who rescued her from the icy waters off the Washington coast, and then by plastic surgeons who repaired her shattered face. When Evaline was 12 years old, she was viciously attacked by a wolf in revenge for her father's stealing of a sacred totem. For years, no surgery would repair the horrific damage and Evaline never ventured far off the reservation. When Evaline's father's crimes were exposed and he chose to flee justice, she had to pick up the pieces.

Flamboyant new-age guru Stephen Durrell approaches Evaline, now a physical therapist in Seattle, to take on a special case. Stephen had been engaged to wealthy socialite Meredith Delaney, whose death in a fire was blamed on her 14-year-old daughter, Allison. Allison, hospitalized, suffers from post-traumatic amnesia and paralysis. Her father, Gabriel Townsend, has gained custody, but only if her condition improves. Stephen fears Gabriel will be abusive to Allison, so he hires Evaline to accompany father and daughter to Gabriel's home in remote Obstruction Bay.

Father and daughter butt heads and neither knows how to emotionally connect. Allison is also plagued by horrible nightmares, which Evaline suspects are not natural. Forces of the supernatural may be at work; is Allison being stalked by a spirit?

Evaline finds her life is entwined with Gabe and Allison's when she learns that Gabe was her nameless rescuer. Can she return the favor and protect them?

Fans of the supernatural can rejoice as marvelous author Patricia Simpson delivers up another sure fire hit. JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT is wonderful. (Feb., 337 pp., $5.50)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith