Professor Liz Clarke hates being late. But she is unavoidably detained when her car won't start, and she misses her first appointment with a student. When Liz finally gets to her office, she discovers the student's brutally murdered body.

While Liz is horrified, she has no inkling that this is only the start of a twisted, murderous game played by a man calling himself the Game Master. Her turmoil grows as the men in and around her life increase the pressure—especially her recently returned high school love, Jack Rafferty. He was a wild one and is only now out of prison. Has Jack learned his lessons or will he bring Liz further heartache?

Liz has a stalker, but getting the police to take her seriously is an uphill battle. The cat-and-mouse game this killer is playing can only lead to death.

The "creepy" factor is huge in French's first foray into romantic suspense. The gritty drama and intense characters definitely make an impact. This is one thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder. (Jun., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith