Readers waiting for the next Detective Louis Kincaid adventure may be slightly disappointed that he plays only a peripheral role in this story. Not to worry; this one is just as good as Parrish's other novels. It focuses on Joe Frye, Louis' lover, and her time as a rookie cop.
The case is a raise-the-hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck chiller with an intricately woven plot and gripping suspense. To those who were looking forward to a new Kincaid story, this is a worthy stand-in.

Joette "Joe" Frye relates a case that happened 13 years earlier when she was a rookie cop in the small town of Echo Bay, Mich. When two young hikers come across some human bones in the woods, the sheriff thinks it's a random murder. But it soon becomes clear that a series of brutal killings of young women have occurred over a span of several years. With the help of the state police, Joe and her fellow officers search for the killer. Too late they realize they've underestimated a depraved murderer who chooses Joe as his final victim. (POCKET, Jul., 496 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Sandra Garcia-Myers