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A master of suspense returns to the game with a new stand-alone mystery that explores the evils of psychological manipulation. When teenager Megan Colliers regular therapist is called out of town on an emergency, she thinks shes found a kindred spirit in substitute doctor Bill Peters. Poor, neglected, unloved Meganwho has long been an inconvenience to her now-divorced parents, Bette and Tate Collierhas finally found someone who listens.

But a dream come true turns nightmarish when the good doctor abducts her and takes her to an abandoned mental hospital.

Tate Collier, a former prosecutor turned gentleman farmer, is trying to live a peaceful life after fouling up his career and his marriage. But as he works with his ex-wife to find their missing daughter, he learns that sins of the past have come back to haunt him.

Though die-hard fans will find the twists slightly less crooked and the coincidences many in this taut thriller (first written and released in England in the early 90s), Deaver clearly proves when it comes to suspense, nobody does it better. (Feb., 333 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed by: 
Tara Gelsomino