For the last decade, St. Louis forensic nurse Chastity Byrnes has had no idea as to the whereabouts of her sister Faith or their mother. After Chastity's father's conviction for incest and the suicide of sister Hope, Faith and their mother blamed Chastity and simply vanished.

Out of the blue Chastity gets a call from her brother-in-law, who claims Faith has disappeared. He asks her to come to New Orleans to try to find her. With major trepidation, Chastity arrives and attempts to peel back the layers of Faith's life.

Assisted by former firefighter-turned-cab driver James Guidry, Chastity follows up leads and learns of the murder of a woman connected to Faith. When another is killed after talking to Chastity and James, they realize that the stakes in this case are increasing exponentially. For Chastity, solving this case may mean facing her darkest and most twisted fears.

No one does twisted psychological suspense better than Dreyer. The depth of pain and dysfunction in these characters' lives makes their actions understandable and the danger intense. Terrifying in the extreme! (Sep., 384 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith