TOO CLOSE TO HOME
In this intense, fast-paced thriller, the secrets that are revealed are intriguing, and the plot is well developed. But the characters, including the victims, are often unsympathetic. Furthermore, the premise that a teenager witnesses a murder, then simply leaves the scene makes the start of the book difficult to believe.
A criminal defense lawyer and his family are brutally murdered in a quiet suburban neighborhood, and Jim Cutter's teenage son, who was in the victims' house at the time of the murders, has become a suspect. It's a simple case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but by not coming forward immediately, the teen has become entwined in a far more serious problem. Jim believes his son is innocent and attempts to prove it by finding the real killers. As he searches for answers, he learns that there are a lot of secrets in his quiet hometown. (BANTAM, Oct., 404 pp., $22.00)