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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Thriller
Grace Lawson lives the life of a typical suburban mom. But things change forever the day she picks up newly developed photos, and finds mysteriously placed among them a 15-year-old picture of her husband, Jack, with four other people. Disturbed by the photo, Jack asks Grace how she got it. Then he drives away in his minivan late at night.
Tracing Jack's whereabouts, Grace discovers he's had contact with an estranged sister she's never met. Then her son and daughter are threatened and, feeling she can trust no one, Grace reluctantly enlists the help of purported mobster Carl Vespa, whom she met many years ago.
Alternate chapters focus on the various players. As the suspense escalates, the lives of the characters mesh together in an explosive, unpredictable conclusion. Coben's novel is so consuming and enthralling that readers won't put it down until the breathless finale. (May, 384 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick
Published: May 2004