Former FBI agent turned fiction writer Rowan Smith should be celebrating the upcoming release of her new book and the filming of one of her previous novels. But the discovery of a copycat murder from one of Rowan's books now threatens everything.

Fearing a stalker, the film studio hires Michael and John Flynn as Rowan's bodyguards. When there's a second murder from Rowan's books, the FBI sends in a team as well. Rowan left the FBI after one of her cases hit too close to home. Why has this vicious killer chosen her books to copy from? Is there a connection to Rowan herself? Her childhood was shattered by abuse and murder, but those secrets are long buried and dead -- aren't they?

New arrival Brennan wastes no time proving that she's a talent to be reckoned with. This is a gritty portrait of pure evil as it stalks its unknowing victims. The protagonists are wounded individuals struggling to keep their bearings as horrific violence and death creep ever closer. Truly chilling! (Jan., 416 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith