The lives of three women collide in Gardner’s amazingly chilling new thriller, told in both third-person and first-person perspective. The devastating, sometimes tragic consequences of childhood mental illness are the backdrop for this electrifying tale of murder and family secrets.

Boston police detective D.D. Warren is called to the scene of what looks to be a murder/suicide. However, the evidence calls that theory into question and leads to the pediatric psychiatric ward where nurse Danielle Burton works. As the sole survivor of her own family’s murder by her father, Danielle has her own ghosts to confront. When a second family is murdered, D.D. finds the trail again leads back to the psych ward and a horrified Danielle. As a mother, Victoria Oliver will do anything to protect her deeply disturbed young son. Now she’s also linked to this case where madness and murder collide. (BANTAM, Jul., 385 pp., $26.00)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith