ONE WRONG STEP
Griffin's characters are well developed, the narrative complex and the dialogue skillfully written in this suspenseful romance. The supporting characters are also nicely crafted, and the setting is believably drawn.
Celie Wells has been through a lot of trauma in her 31 years. Divorced from a drug addict, she is in the unenviable position of dealing with the mess he's left behind. Crime reporter John McAllister catches Celie's attention, but her biggest dream is to help battered women and children and to someday have a baby of her own. But if John doesn't help her out of the dangerous situation she's in, Celie won't be alive to fight for that dream or the happily ever after John hopes they can share. (POCKET STAR, May, 384 pp., $6.99)