Collins expertly melds flashbacks
with present-day events to provide a smooth yet deliciously intense flow. The spiritual message is light but supports the story's overall tone. Leslie and Paige's friendship develops more quickly than one would generally believe, but the quirky townsfolk are interesting and will help drive the next books in the series.
Her actions also start a cat-and-mouse game with a terrifying conclusion. Paige must learn to trust her friends, herself and God if she hopes to elude the killer.