Gagnon's debut novel begins like a teen slasher flick but improves considerably after that, and once she hits her stride, there's no telling where the story's going next. Gagnon gets top marks for characterization and imaginative use of gore. The first in a new series featuring FBI agent Kelly Jones.
Kelly, her partner, Roger Morrow, and their team keep chipping away, but progress is slow. Then ex-FBI agent Jake Riley, an employee of one of the wealthy fathers, turns up. Kelly doesn't want his help, but she may need it to catch the killer before another girl dies. (MIRA, Jun., 304 pp., $6.99)