Kyle and Bethany Dolan's quest to have a child ends with a tragic miscarriage and hysterectomy. Or does it? Desperate, Kyle takes it upon himself to seek out the perfect surrogate to carry their last frozen embryo. He never dreams Sable Lynde might be an imposter trying to escape a dangerous past.

The Dolans welcome Sable into their lives and show Christ's love to this woman who is sacrificing nine months of her life. As the unborn baby grows, so does the danger to the unsuspecting family, until horror overtakes them.

The screws tighten with excruciating precision in this nail-biter. Mackel's screenwriting background shows through vividly crafted scenes that suck the reader into a sensory rich story. (Jul., 308 pp., $13.99)
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