A clever premise and a creepy, yet eerily sympathetic, killer keep the threat factor high. Butcher populates her thrillers with believable characters with complex motivations. This one has high-octane thrills with top-notch drama!

A call from his past moves former Delta Force operative Grant Kent to find out what has put the fear into Isabelle Carson's voice. As a teenager, Grant killed Isabelle's abusive foster father. Now Isabelle fears that death is stalking all the former Lavine foster children. At first Grant is dubious when Isabelle explains her theory that the recent "suicides" of their former housemates were in fact murder. However, after digging a little deeper, he fears she's correct. Then the violent father of Isabelle's own foster son Dale is released from prison, raising the danger level even higher. (FOREVER, Oct., 432 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith