Victoria Lancaster's earliest memories are of being shuffled from foster home to foster home. She's grown up determined not to depend on anyone but herself. Now, a successful photojournalist, she comes and goes as she pleases. The only person who has managed to somewhat crack her shell is Brett Hooker. An investigator for the DA's office, he has been living with Victoria for the past three years. He has become used to her need to disappear for weeks at a time with no notice and loves the returns.

Her latest job has kept Victoria away for six weeks, and after developing her photos, something in one of them has stirred her subconscious in the form of terrifying nightmares. Then Brett gets shot in the line of duty, and Victoria is forced into his family circle as all wait to see if he will survive. Her fears grow with the possibility of being abandoned again while investigating the photo that has caused her to remember an empty house and a bedraggled rag doll.

Sharon Sala takes readers on an amazing journey into the psyche of a scarred woman, tracing it back to a frightened little girl. And she delivers a hero any woman would want standing by her through thick and thin. (Feb., 384 pp. $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson