cover image The Perfect Fraud

The Perfect Fraud

Ellen LaCorte. Harper, $26.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-06-290607-6

Mysticism and medicine intersect with dramatic results in LaCorte’s accomplished page-turning debut. After graduating from college with a degree in English, Claire Hathaway decides to follow in the family tradition by becoming a psychic. Unfortunately, Claire lacks the special gifts of her mother and grandmother. The readings she gives at Mystical Haven in Sedona, Ariz., are complete frauds. Meanwhile, divorced New Jersey mom Rena Cole has dedicated her life to the care of her four-year-old daughter, Stephanie, who has mysterious stomach issues. The latest doctor Rena consults has run every test he can think of and still can’t find what’s causing Stephanie’s distress. In her frustration, Rena decides to take Stephanie to a specialty doctor in Phoenix, Ariz. A seat change on the plane ride brings Claire and Rena together, though neither of them thinks much of the other. That is, until Claire experiences something paranormal that she’s only ever heard her mother talk about. Once in Arizona, the two women become unlikely allies in a battle with evil forces that could well determine Stephanie’s fate. Those who like a dash of the supernatural in their thrillers will be well satisfied. Agent: Molly Friedrich, Friedrich Agency. (June)