It's been 23 years since Anna North survived an attack by a madman who cut off her pinkie, then vanished. Now, she writes thrillers under a pen name and finally feels safe. But when letters arrive from a disturbed fan, and a close friend disappears, she realizes her past is linked to the murders of three women in New Orleans.
June 1978, thirteen-year-old Harlow Anastasia Grail and her six-year-old friend are kidnapped and held for ransom. Harlow manages to escape but not before the kidnapper cuts off her right pinkie in retaliation for her parents calling in the FBI. Fast forward to January 2001, Harlow has assumed a new identity and career as Anna North, a suspense writer. Anna is a reserved person who stills suffers nightmares. She doesn't trust or make friends easily, but she is content with her new life. Content that is until the letters begin. Someone, who knows Anna well, has sent messages to all her friends revealing her true identity. Anna begins to fear for her safety and that of her "little sister", a troubled teenager that Anna sponsors. Not knowing whom to trust, Anna turns to two men. Dr. Benjamin Walker, a psychologist who specializes in the effect of childhood trauma on adult personality and behavior wants to use Anna and her past for a book he is working on. Quentin Malone, a detective who works homicide, who doesn't seem to believe Anna is in any serious trouble. Anna finds herself attracted to both men, yet unable to trust either.
What a book! Erica Spindler has woven a fascinating story with so many twists and turns in the plot; I can't even begin to review all of them without giving away vital information that would spoil the book for you. Ms. Spindler has outdone herself this time. If I had any complaints, I felt like the heroine was a little wimpy at times. But, I was so engrossed in the story, it was just a minor annoyance. If you like romantic suspense, this book is for you!
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