Learning that her long-estranged older sister, Greta, has perished in a house fire is difficult enough for TV producer Britt Andersen—the discovery that the blaze was not an accident is horrifying. As is the thought that Greta's seemingly devoted but easily angered husband, Alec Lynch, could be responsible.

Not at all sure that the small-town police department is up to the task of uncovering the truth about Greta's grisly death, Britt conducts her own investigation. Initially mistrustful of her brother-in-law, the police's prime suspect, she eventually gains a chilling insight—people are not always as they seem. But by then her own life is in grave danger, and others are already lost.

MacDonald has crafted a superb story, featuring a strong, diverse cast of characters, wholly credible conflict and a gratifying surprise ending. (Apr., 352 pp., $19.95)

Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer