Recovering from the horror of her last case, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan has spent the last year on the remote island retreat of her dear friend multimillionaire John Logan. When long buried bodies turn up in Talladega Falls, GA, ex-FBI Agent-turned-cop Joe Quinn knows it is time to bring Eve back into play.

For 10 years, Joe and Eve have searched for the remains of Eves murdered daughter Bonnie. The skeleton of a young girl is among those found and Joe knows that Eve will be desperate to find out if the bones are Bonnies. After hiding his feelings for Eve for years, Joe also wants to put their relationship on a new level. Because of the high profile of her last case, Joe tries to smuggle Eve out to his lakeside cabin where she can work on the reconstruction in peace.

This idea is shattered when Eve receives a phone call from a prolific serial killer called Dom. Dom claims that it was he who killed Bonnie, not the man executed for the crime. Dom seems to have inside information and he is leaving a bloody trail. Dom has focused his attention on another young girl and will kill her unless Eve discovers her identity. Eve and Joe race against time, but Eves trials have only just begun.

THE KILLING GAME is a masterpiece of chilling terror and powerful romantic suspense. Ms. Johansen is clearly at the top of her game! (May, 384 pp., $6.99—Hardcover published October 1999)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith