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.

Starting a new practice in a small town, successful plastic surgeon Max Savage hopes to escape the tragedy that has shadowed his life. Two women Max once cared about have died, and their killer has never been caught, so suspicion still hangs over him. One person who refuses to believe Max is capable of murder is Annie Duhon, the manager of a local eatery.

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)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer