The best-selling author of the Nina Reilly series (in actuality two sisters writing under a pseudonym) veers off in a new direction with this stand-alone thriller. When Leigh Jackson disappears, her architect husband, Ray, doesn't seem all that worked up about it. But when his wife's old friend, Kat, shows up, hurling accusations, Ray realizes he has some explaining to do. Using a set of keys to every home he's ever lived in, Ray revisits his past, trying to find out if he is capable of the thing Kat suspects he might have done. And he uncovers truths about himself so deep and so dark that he begins to question his own identity. The book is a welcome breath of fresh air, especially for readers who've lost interest in the stodgily formulaic Reilly series. This is a well-paced, smartly written thriller with an ambiguous protagonist and a genuinely mysterious mystery to be solved. The dialogue could use a bit more polishing, but, given the novel's virtues, that's a small quibble. David PittCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
For ambitious, troubled architect Ray Jackson, the nightmare begins one sultry California night when his wife disappears. No phone call, no ransom note, no body, reveals whether Leigh is dead or alive.
Then, suddenly, a woman shows up on Ray’s doorstep demanding answers: Kathleen, an old friend of Leigh’s. Ray wants answers, too, but his questions seem strange and shady to Kat. Suspected by his wife’s friend and by the police, Ray launches a desperate and alarming search of his own. Using a collection of keys he has held on to since he was a boy–keys to homes he and his mother once lived in–Ray quietly yet boldly enters each house, one by one, hoping to unlock the secrets of his own past. As past and present collide, as a chilling mystery begins to unravel, Ray is suddenly confronted with the most agonizing decision of his life–to face his own violence-laden past, acting to prevent another horrendous act of violence, or not. His choice will leave nothing and no one the same.From the Hardcover edition.