P.I. Rachel Alexander is looking for a woman missing for five years. Sally Spector left her Manhattan apartment to walk her dog and has not been heard from since. Her husband, Leon, is desperate to find her—their 12-year-old daughter, Madison, has not spoken since her mother's abrupt departure. Plus, police have fingered Madison as a suspect in the death of her neurologist, Dr. Bechman, who was treating her for a facial tic disorder.

As Rachel delves into Bechman's personal and professional life, she discovers that the good doctor may have been hiding something. When another murder occurs, Rachel is even more committed to exonerating Madison, a troubled girl with whom she has bonded.

While Sally's disappearance initially seems to be an impossible case, it evolves into a cache of hidden secrets leading to a cleverly wrought conclusion. The pace increases along with the intrigue surrounding Bechman's death. Rendered all the more powerful by its simple start, this complex mystery is certain to enthrall fans. (Sep., 288 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick