Society writer Winslow Talbot finds a human-interest story that cuts close to home. When she was 12, she was severely injured in a car crash that killed her father. After years of reconstructive surgery paid for by her wealthy stepfather, Winslow now has a perfect face, but she feels like it's a concealing mask. Hearing about a young Cuban girl whose face was destroyed in a hit-and-run boating accident gets her asking questions.

What she doesn't expect is to find a trail that leads to her stepsister Ashlyn's fiance, Jayce Bishop. Fearing for Ashlyn, Winslow raises her concerns but is shut out by her family. Jayce, a master manipulator, has managed to use everyone's fears and insecurities against them.

More determined that ever, Winslow continues to look for evidence against Jayce and gets help from an unexpected source: Alex Diaz, the owner of a newspaper aimed at Cuban-Americans. He also has an interest in the accident that crippled little Elena, but probing this mystery could be a good way to get killed. Loaded with tension and hard- edged suspense, this novel truly delivers. Wainscott is a gift to the suspense genre. (Oct., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith