The veteran author of historical novels ( Woman's Own ), Carr now moves into the psychothriller genre with a seamless suspense novel that guarantees readers edge-of-the-seat drama. After Jackie Sheppard's 11-year-old son is killed in a car accident, the L.A. divorcee and lawyer tries to make a new life for herself in a small Colorado mountain town. There she meets Tom Wahl, a carpenter with a tragic past of his own. Sensing a kindred spirit and eager for a companion, Jackie becomes involved with Tom only to suspect that he is not at all the man he seems. When she attempts to end the relationship, Tom becomes pathologically obsessive and Jackie has no choice but to enlist the help of the local sheriff, Bodge Scully. A vividly drawn, endearing lawman, Scully is soon joined by Jackie's ex-husband and good friend, a private investigator, in the quest to find out just who Tom Wahl really is. Ultimately, though, it is Jackie who must save herself in a knockout denouement. Literary Guild selection. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 02/03/1992 Release date: 02/01/1992 Genre: Fiction
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