More thrills from the genre's master prestidigitator (The Broken
Window, 2008, etc.).Steven and Emma Feldman retreat from their jobs
in Milwaukee to Wisconsin's Marquette State Park. But they haven't
retreated far enough to keep two armed and masked men from breaking
into their place. Responding to a 911 call Steven made moments
before he was shot dead, sheriff's deputy Brynn McKenzie is swiftly
pulled into a night of terror. In short order she's deprived of her
sidearm and cell phone and saddled with flighty actress Michelle
Kepler, the Feldmans' house guest, who promoted herself from
inconvenient witness to priority target when she winged one of the
intruders with his own gun. It's a pleasure watching Deaver, who
has no rivals in the realm of sneaky plot twists, spin out a series
of cat-and-mouse games through which the hired guns and the two
unexpectedly resourceful women try to outwit each other. With a
logician's skill, he exhausts every possibility for shifting
advantages within each situation before adding a single new element
- a car alarm, a canoe, a pair of campers with their adorable
little girl - into the mix to provide new opportunities. The result
is a tour de force in which the suspense never flags for the first
250 pages. But Deaver's fatal inability to leave well enough alone
is as much on display as his trademark cleverness, and Brynn and
Michelle's ordeal is followed by a series of further (and further)
revelations as dazzling as they are preposterous, finishing touches
that show why the best suspense novels depend on making you forget
that you're reading a book, not rubbing your nose in the author's
cleverness.More proof that your first Deaver, before you've learned
the formula, is likely to be your favorite. (Kirkus Reviews)
A spring night in a small town in Wisconsin...A call to police
emergency from a distant lake house is cut short...A phone glitch
or an aborted report of a crime? Off-duty deputy Brynn leaves her
family's dinner table and drives up to deserted Lake Mondac to find
out. She stumbles onto the scene of a heinous murder...Before she
can call for backup, though, she finds herself the next potential
victim. Deprived of her phone, weapon and car, Brynn and an
unlikely ally - a survivor of the carnage - can survive only by
fleeing into the dense, deserted woods, on a desperate trek to
safety and ultimately to the choice to fight back. The professional
criminals, also strangers to this hostile setting, must forge a
tense alliance too, in order to find and kill the two witnesses to
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