The second book of Staub’s newest trilogy is a suspense-filled ride that keeps the shocks coming. Although the reader is aware from the beginning of the story who the killer is, it does not remove any of the thrills or anticipation from the book. In this installment, we are seeing the evolution of Allison and how past events have affected her. Her character feels very natural and realistic. As always, Staub leaves us wanting more and happy that there is another book to come in this trilogy.
Allison MacKenna is trying to adjust to life as a stay-at-home mother living in the suburbs. Once a city dweller, she has moved away from the city to escape the terrible happenings that took place 10 years ago. 9/11 was hard for everybody, but especially Allison, who was targeted by a serial killer at the same time. While it was assumed that he was caught, murders replicating the Nightwatcher are starting again. Allison is fearful for her children and her life and knows she must protect the ones she loves at all costs. (HARPER, Oct., 432 pp., $7.99)