Well-known erotica author Hart plunges into the mainstream fiction genre with this haunting, devastating, heart-wrenching tale. She masterfully weaves every offhand mention of a seemingly incidental detail, every potentially eyebrow-raising plot point together in service to her story and the resulting dramatic climax, which then becomes believable, thanks to Hart’s skill. Readers will sympathize with Gilly, even as they question her motives, as Todd becomes, while not entirely redeemable, a nuanced, pitiable case. This story will stay with you long after you reach the last page.

Gilly Soloman is an overworked, overtired, overwhelmed mother. She’s finishing up her errands and stopped at a traffic light when a man with a knife slides into the passenger seat and tells her to drive. And so Gilly’s nightmare begins, although a very small part of her, the part that Gilly doesn’t often give voice to, thinks that maybe now she finally can get some rest. Gilly and Todd, as the carjacker is named, are soon sequestered in a cabin deep in the woods, snowbound, as Gilly’s hope for escape dwindles. Will she pay for her momentary lapse with the rest of her life? (MIRA, Jan., 394 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
Marie Bongiorno