If you're creeped out by spiders, this book is guaranteed to give you nightmares. The echoes of a victim-to-abuser pattern make Gardner's newest thriller devastating and completely chilling. The brisk pacing and flashback internal monologues provide unique viewpoints, but the horrific nature of the plot makes this story not for the squeamish.
Second generation FBI agent Kimberly Quincy is trying to have it all. Married to Mac, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, and pregnant, she is still putting in long hours on difficult cases. When a hooker specifically asks to talk with Kimberly, she reveals there may be a serial killer preying on local prostitutes. This twisted individual targets young girls and uses spiders as part of the show. As Kimberly digs deeper, she discovers things are more horrible than they first appear -- and she may be being drawn into an elaborate trap. (BANTAM, Jul., 355 pp., $25.00)