After the death of her husband three years before, Lucy Swift took the offer of a somewhat-mysterious friend of her husband's and bought a house in Vermont. She moved her children there, leaving her busy life in Washington D.C. behind. She has opened an adventure travel company and has been getting over her pain.

Suddenly, however, strange things start happening. Lucy gets the feeling she's being watched and then she finds a bullet carefully placed on the front seat of her car. What finally scares her, though, is finding that someone has shot through her dining room window. This forces her to do the only thing her husband had ever asked of her. She contacts Sebastian Redwing, an international security expert, and the man who helped her when her husband died.

Sebastian did what he thought necessary by convincing Lucy to move her family to Vermont. How do you deal with the fact that you have always been in love with your best friend's wife? But now Lucy and her children need help and it seems someone from the past is at the root of her troubles.

A well-defined, well-told story combines with well-written characters to make this an exciting read. Readers can feel the danger on every page and will enjoy it from beginning to end. (May, 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson