A MARKED MAN
No one does quirky, small-town characters like Cameron, and the residents of tiny Toussaint are a perfect example of that. This book is strongly atmospheric, and the sizzle between Annie and Max is nearly tangible. But the plot meanders quite a bit, and some readers could be put off by the way Annie's pseudo-psychic abilities are incorporated into it.
A friendship, then an attraction, sparks between them. Despite her growing fears -- and the visions of death and darkness crowding her thoughts -- Annie sticks by Max when a third woman vanishes, even though it could ultimately cost her everything. (MIRA, Nov., 400 pp., $24.95)