Once again Slaughter delivers the goods in this tension-filled and hair-raising thriller. She unites three popular characters, Dr. Sara Linton, last seen in Beyond Reach, and Will Trent and Faith Mitchell from Fractured, and creates a chillingly evil villain. Keep the light burning brightly, for Slaughter takes readers into some dark places that will make you squirm.

After the murder of her sheriff husband ripped apart her world, Dr. Sara Linton completely changed her life. For three and a half years, she's been working in the E.R. of an Atlanta hospital. She's drawn into a world of brutal violence and abject terror when a woman who's been severely tortured is brought in. The perpetrator is obviously someone with a twisted mind. Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents Will Trent and Faith Mitchell happen to be in the emergency room at the time. They can see a horrendous crime has been committed and work to wrest this case from the local police. This woman is not the only victim, and there's no time to waste. They're the only ones standing between an insane killer and his next victim. (DELACORTE, Aug., 436 pp., $26.00)

Reviewed by: 
Sandra Garcia-Myers