When Ethan Buchanan's hearing-impaired godson is kidnapped, the former special services operative reluctantly agrees to conduct a search without notifying the police. He follows the kidnapper's trail, unaware that 12-year-old Alec has been taken by a psychopathic serial killer.

Dana Dupinsky is fiercely protective of the women and children who seek shelter in Hanover House, a battered women's shelter in Chicago. When "Jane Smith" and her son, "Erik," arrive, Dana has no reason to be suspicious. But Jane soon starts to make Dana nervous. Erik sleeps most of the day, which concerns her. She doesn't know that Jane is actually serial killer Sue Conway, who's drugging the kidnapped Alec. Ruthless Sue is murdering anyone she holds a grudge against and anyone who gets in her way. When Ethan tracks down Sue, fate introduces him to Dana. Can Ethan figure out what's happening?

In the pantheon of horrific killers, Sue Conway surely ranks near the top. This book is filled with heart-stopping suspense and graphic terror. Rose is making her mark on the suspense genre. (Aug., 528 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith