Take one heroine suffering from anger and post-traumatic stress disorder, add in a small-town police chief and the Russian mob, and you have the ingredients for one shocking and terrifying new thriller. While light on romance, Castillo's novel resonates with its blend of stalking menace and rich characterization. It's scary in the extreme!
Having made a horrible mistake in his own past, Clay is willing to give Marty a second chance. Her first indication that something is terribly wrong comes when she learns about her former partner's torture and murder. But she never dreams that dark vengeance -- in the form of the Russian mafia -- will follow her west. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Oct., 320 pp., $7.99)