Image of Last Words: A Novel of Suspense


Image of Last Words: A Novel of Suspense

The pacing of this terrific novel
is steady and intense as a small
town and its residents are carefully
and methodically revealed. The
supertalented Stewart excels
at both the whodunit and the
whydunit, giving her stories
a terrifying realism.

The gruesome discovery of a woman's body wrapped tightly in cellophane creates a nightmare for St. Dennis and several small adjacent Maryland coastal towns.

It doesn't take long for Police Chief Gabriel Beck to realize they have a serial killer, especially since at least one other young woman is still missing. FBI agent Mia Shields gets the call and joins Beck in the hunt for answers.

Mia is undergoing a slight crisis of confidence. She carries a huge burden of guilt for not having recognized the killer in her own family. Everything points to this killer being a local resident -- and someone that Beck and his team already knows. Can Beck, Mia and their crew filter out the false trails and find the killer before he hits too close to home? (BALLANTINE, Jul., 354 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith