Gutteridge creates suspenseful tension from the start of the story and doesn’t let up until the end. Twists and turns will keep the reader guessing, and the sweet faith of a child is a refreshingly appropriate counterpoint to the action.
After the DC sniper case drives police detective Vance Graegan nearly to the breaking point, Vance and his wife Lindy decide to move with their young son and start over. Vance retires and the couple sets out for California to open a deli. Yet difficulties accompany them as the moving company holds their belongings hostage until the couple pays a high fee. The violence begins to escalate, and some secrets Vance is keeping threaten to come to light. Can the family survive this nightmare? (TYNDALE, Jan., 304 pp., $12.99)