Samantha Leiffer just wants to get a cup of coffee at Starbucks when a man approaches her. Although Sam initially thinks that he's trying to pick her up, she quickly realizes something else is going on when he slips her a note that warns Sam that she's in danger and being watched.

From then on, Sam's life quickly takes a downturn. A woman who lives in Sam's old apartment is murdered and she receives another note. Sam knows that she's not imagining the danger that's swirling around her and decides to do something about it, never realizing this madman is closer to her than she could have ever thought.

Sam is a charismatic woman who has enough depth to remain an interesting character for a long time to come. But, her significant other, detective John Krull, isn't quite as captivating and only becomes likeable toward the end of the book. The story is clever, with many suspenseful, well-written moments. It's not necessary to read the first book in the series to get caught up in this one, but it can only enhance your reading pleasure if you do. (Dec., 304 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Robyn Glazer