It's been a year since her firefighter husband's murder, and Marissa Jamison and her two young children are just now starting to enjoy life again. Out of the blue, Marissa runs into her long-lost childhood sweetheart, Alex Kincaid. An architect, Alex has just recently moved back to town and is very happy to reconnect with Marissa.

But someone else has been waiting and watching Marissa and her children. When she's involved in a confrontation with a nasty young woman, Marissa's stalker decides to give her a present by killing the offending individual.

Homicide detectives Luke Hunter and Sarah Wilkerson examine the body, which has a big red bow attached and a love message from "Blake." Marissa is horrified by her murderous admirer and fears for her friends and family. With such a twisted mind, who knows who might be the next target?

Gritty and gripping psychological suspense is rapidly becoming Cassidy's hallmark. The Perfect Family is creepy and frightening—but really intense, fun reading. (Mar., 368 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith