Justine Frome is one nasty lady, and when she turns up missing, the suspect list is a mile long. Two years later, her body is found, and Justine's ex-husband, Mike, looks like the culprit. Forced into marriage because of a child, Mike tried to make it work, but after six years, he called it quits. He was the last person to see his ex alive, and dark secrets are slowly starting to find the light of day.

But when artist Suzie Strickland gets dragged into the investigation, all bets are off. Mike and Suzie share a past that goes back to high school. Things were left undone and unsaid between them, but they're finally getting a chance to find happiness. Will their love flourish, or will a killer lurking in the shadows bring a quick end to the love they're discovering?

This is a suspenseful read that lives up to the name of the genre. O'Brien's novel has a wonderfully crafted character-driven story that readers will appreciate. (Mar., 448 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kristi Ahlers