Lara Quade carefully hides the scars from her childhood car accident as she immerses herself in her work at a New Jersey research center. An anonymously sent ticket to a chamber music concert leads her to Zedrick Dewe, a man she fears is stalking her after she rebuffs him.

As Lara's carefully crafted shell starts to crumble under the weight of her fear of Zed, she recalls childhood moments of trauma. After her troubled parents split up, her mother's car careened toward railroad tracks and Lara and her brother were severely injured.

Lara's past continues to resurface as she tries to recall her father and the reasons he left. As the novel races to its breathless conclusion, Kelly expertly blurs the line between love and hate, as Lara finds herself in a destructive relationship with Zed. Powerful and compelling, this complex twist of a psychological thriller is a must for fans of the genre. (May, 240 pp., $22.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick