Robin Holt is shocked by the disappearance of her 14-year-old babysitter—an emotion that quickly turns into terror when she realizes her son Taylor knows something about the disappearance.

Detective Matt Ridge gains Taylor's trust, and the boy responds with a chilling story about a frightening encounter with three mysterious men. He and his babysitter were passing a wooded area when they interrupted them.

The police discover a man's mutilated body in the wooded area and later uncover the babysitter's corpse. It's clear that Taylor and the girl witnessed a murder; now, a killer wants to silence the child.

Robin and Taylor are a startling reminder to Matt of the wife and child he lost a few years ago. When he whisks them away to a safe house, he discovers a desire to do more than just protect Robin. But her past holds a secret that threatens their passion. Can Matt protect Robin and Taylor from their past demons and from a killer intent on destroying their tomorrow?

Wilson's novel mesmerizes from first page to the last, with chilling twists and a compelling plot. (Apr., 304 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mitchell