After some personal and professional disappointments, architect Holly Fairfield is certain things will turn around when she accepts a job renovating a renowned San Francisco restaurant.

Holly doesn't know Daniel East has ulterior motives for hiring her: She looks almost exactly like Nina Travers, a woman who died mysteriously 12 years ago. Daniel's cousin, Ryan Cutty, had been questioned in the death but was released for insufficient evidence. It's obvious pretty early on that Daniel is using Holly to get to Ryan. Equally clear is that most of Ryan's family is uncomfortable with Holly's arrival.

Daniel doesn't count on Holly and Ryan being attracted to one another, or that Holly won't believe the stories form the past. But Ryan has to question his feelings as strange accidents begin, making him worry that someone he loves could become a victim once again.

Despite a very exciting conclusion, Bicos' story is marred by a tedious beginning. (Oct., 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson