O’Brien’s latest truly terrifies with a scenario that chills and shocks practically on every page. The characters become flesh-and-blood real as the reader is thrown into this journey with them. Suspenseful and scary, the novel would make a perfect film if Alfred Hitchcock were still alive.
Megan Keeler lives as a single mom with her son, Josh, in Seattle. Josh continues to ask questions about his father and their past, but she gives him vague answers. In reality, Megan is living under an assumed identity. Her husband, Glenn, is in prison near Chicago for murdering her. She knew it was only a matter of time before his abusive ways would really put her in the grave so she lets the charade go on. Then Glenn is released from prison and he wants revenge. (PINNACLE, Apr., 550 pp., $9.99)