She Woke Up With A New Face. . .
Not only has Marla Cahill survived a deadly car accident, but her beautiful features have been restored through plastic surgery. She should be grateful. Instead, she's consumed by confusion. . .and panic. For the people gathered at her bedside--her family--are strangers. And so is the woman whose haunted eyes stare back from the mirror. . .
She Woke Up With No Memories. . .
Secluded at the magnificent Cahill mansion, Marla waits for something to trigger recognition. Yet the only thing she's left with is the unshakable feeling that she is not who everyone says she is, and that something is very, very wrong. . .
. . . And She Woke Up To Murder
Determined to piece together the truth of her identity, she finds herself drawn to her brother-in-law, Nick--a man who seems both to want and despise her. And as her fractured mind slowly clears, Marla begins to have flashes of another life. . .of cruel betrayals and deadly secrets. Marla's life isn't just different--it's in danger, controlled by a twisted killer who's waiting for the right moment to strike. . .the moment Marla remembers. . .
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June 30, 2007
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Excerpt from If She Only Knew by Lisa Jackson
"It's the next car . . . she's coming in the next car, a pearl black Mercedes coupe, an S500, traveling south, just as we planned."
Crouching low in the underbrush, with fog seeping over the wet earth, he strained to hear the anxious voice crackling through the static of his two-way radio. "I thought she drove a Porsche."
"She's driving a Mercedes," the voice snapped angrily. "You've got about ninety seconds."
"Got it." Eyes narrowed, he focused all his attention on the twisting road that cut through the canyons and hills in this part of California. Sure enough, through the mist and darkness, he heard the soft purr of a finely-tuned engine. The car was, indeed, climbing. Getting nearer. She was getting nearer. His heart hammered. He remembered the scent of her skin. The look in her eyes. The depth of her betrayal.
She deserved this, the self-righteous B.... He only wished she could know that he was the instrument of her death. Adrenalin surged through his blood.
"Don't blow this. It's our only chance," he was instructed.
"I know. I know."
"It's worth a hundred grand."
"A lot more than that," he thought but didn't say it. "A helluva lot more."
I'll take care of it."
He snapped the walkie talkie off, slammed down the antenna and stuffed the headset into a deep pocket of his jacket. Sweat prickled his scalp and ran down his neck, though it was barely forty degrees in this stretch of woods. Slipping his ski mask over a face already painted black, he jogged through a carpet of wet leaves, his old army boots still sturdy, his camouflage suit a perfect cover in the mist-shrouded night.
Branches slapped his face. The air was dank and thick with the smell of wet earth and something else: His own fear. That he would fail. That somehow she would survive. That she would end up laughing at him. No way. No F...ing way.
Somewhere nearby an owl hooted, barely distinct over the pounding of his heart. And a rumble of low gears and a heavy engine . . . not that of the Mercedes. Coming from the other direction. The spit dried in his mouth.
Steady, he reminded himself as he emerged from the woods at the designated bend in the road. He hoped to God that the truck was a few miles away and hurried across the wet pavement with the stealthof a SWAT team member. He checked his watch. Thirty seconds. The damned car sounded close. He gritted his teeth; saw a flash of headlights through the fog and trees.
Come on, B..., just come on.
Louder, from the south, the truck-- from the sound of it--was gaining speed. S.... Crouching low on the narrow road, he positioned himself between the sharp "s" curves. Concentrating hard, he heard the whine of the coupe's tires singing on the wet pavement. Hurry, he silently urged, his eyes narrowing. You can beat the truck. You have to. The car sounded closer. Good.
He glanced at his watch again, the illuminated dial counting off his heartbeats. Everything was going as planned except for the truck. A few more seconds . . . He licked his lips in anticipation.
Brakes whined in the night. Too close. Too damned close. He swung his head southward, toward the oncoming roar. There was a catch in the eighteen-wheeler's engine as the driver shifted into a lower gear. So close . . . so damned close.
Every muscle tightened as he listened. He couldn't risk a witness. Sweat ran down his spine.He could abort. There was still time. But when would he get another chance?
A hundred grand. And just the beginning.Besides, she deserves this . . . and it F...ing fell into your lap.
The truck's engine growled loudly, reverberating through the forest of Sequoia and oak. An Eighteen-wheeler hurtling down the steep grade. In the opposite direction, the Mercedes, if his information was right, was purring ever-upward, the driver innocently unaware that she was about to die.
His breath came in short gasps. Slow down. Think of it as an exercise--just as you did years ago when you were with the special unit. You can do this. A few more seconds and you're home free. His heart was a drum; his hands soaked in sweat beneath his tight-fitting gloves.
Twin beams rounded the curve from downhill. The truck's brakes squealed from uphill.
He sprang, stood in the middle of the south-bound lane. The sleek car accelerated, caught him in its headlights and swiftly he lifted the cover on his belt, exposing the mirrors he'd fastened to his torso.
The driver stood on her brakes. With a squeal, the Mercedes' tires locked. The car swerved to the right, hit the gravel on the shoulder and spun. He caught a glimpse of the driver, a horrified expression on her beautiful face as she screamed and desperately cranked on the wheel. There was another person--someone in the passenger seat beside her. S...! She was supposed to be alone. He'd been assured she would be alone!
He jumped into the north-bound lane. Avoided being hit by a speeding German-crafted fender by inches. Stumbling, he fell. The mirrors on his belt cracked. Glass splintered. Glittered in the headlights' glare. Hell. No time to do anything about it. Gasping, he was on his feet. Running. Toward the timberland.
Get out of here.
The semi rounded the corner, pinned him in its huge headlights, flooding the wet pavement with near blinding light. He jumped and caught sight of the driver's panicked face. He was bearded, a big bear of a man, yelling over the scream of brakes. Eighteen thick tires screeched, burning rubber. The cab twisted, the truck jack-knifed.
Oh, S..., oh, S..., oh S...! Run, you Bas...!
Rolling over the guardrail, he launched his body into the protective cover of the trees and brush. He landed hard, his ankle twisted, the joint popping painfully, but he couldn't stop. Not now. His heart pumped furiously. Sweat poured down his face beneath the mask. From the corner of his eye he saw the Mercedes scraping along the guardrail on the far side of the road. Sparks flew. With an agonizing shriek, polished steel sheered.