Master storyteller Gardner really outdoes herself with her latest puzzler. Since the story is told from the vantage point of various main characters, exactly what's going on remains cleverly shrouded. All of the characters have secrets and scars on their souls, and it's what they do in a crisis that makes this an intensely thought-provoking and somewhat creepy novel. Pure Gardner genius!
Little Ree saw something, but her protective father seems to be trying to stymie the investigation. Nothing about this case or the people involved quite adds up. Like an onion, it can only be unraveled layer by gripping layer. (BANTAM, Jun., 369 pp., $25.00)