Image of Victim

VICTIM

Image of Victim
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Harrowing and absorbing, Wilson's latest is guaranteed to elicit a gut-level response from anyone, whether they're a parent or not. The characterizations are superb, and while realistic, the story lacks the grimness one might expect due to the subject matter.

Three years ago, Sarah Patterson's son, Danny, fell victim to serial killer Samuel Tate. Her marriage and her life were destroyed. Now Tate's free on a technicality, and Sarah plans to avenge her son. But cop Mac Donovan stops her and ends up suspended from the force as a result. Mac's there when Sarah begins receiving strange phone calls and her ex-husband is murdered. Sarah's convinced that Tate's responsible, and so is Mac, but his boss doesn't agree. Free of his official duties, Mac makes it his business to protect Sarah and, with the FBI's help, they concoct a plan to trap the killer. It places Sarah in harm's way, but it's a small price to pay to ensure Tate is stopped -- permanently. (MIRA, Feb., 368 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer