cover image One Fatal Mistake

One Fatal Mistake

Tom Hunt. Berkley, $26 (320p) ISBN 978-0-399-58643-9

A fatal accident kicks off a horrifying chain of events in this fast-paced thriller from Hunt (Killer Choice). After 18-year-old Joshua Mayo hits and kills a man with his car in a remote area outside Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he flees the scene, but he later tells his mother, Karen, about his crime. Before Karen can decide what to do, Amber Youngblood and her husband, Ross, bank robbers on the run who have double-crossed Ross’s volatile brother, Shane, try to steal Karen’s car. When Joshua and Karen try to escape the Youngbloods, Amber is shot in the scuffle. Ross orders Karen, an intensive care nurse, to take Amber to the hospital, but keeps Joshua as a hostage. Karen will do anything to keep Joshua safe, even if it means playing a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with Ross. Hunt tackles questions of morality and family loyalty along the way to the exciting finale, and Shane is a truly terrifying villain. Readers who don’t mind some predictable action will find plenty to enjoy. [em]Agent: Laney Katz Becker, Massie & McQuilkin. (Jan.) [/em]