In this gripping psychological thriller--smart, chilling, and unrelenting--Nancy Springer establishes herself as an exciting new suspense writer with a distinctive voice and some surprises up her sleeve... To their neighbors, Dorrie and Sam Clark are a contented couple in Americas heartland, with steady jobs, a suburban home, and plenty of community activities to keep them busy. But theyre not quite what they seem. For plain, hard-working Sam hides a depth of devotion for his wife that no one would suspect. And Dorrie is living a lie--beset by physical ailments, alone within herself...and secretly following the comings and goings of the sixteen-year-old daughter, Juliet, she gave up for adoption when she was hardly more than a child herself. Then one day at the mall, Dorrie watches horror-stricken as Juliet is abducted, forced into a van that drives away. Instinctively, Dorrie sends her own car speeding after it--an act of reckless courage that puts her on a collison course with a depraved killer...and draws Sam into a dogged, desperate search to save his wife.
In her first suspense novel for adults, Springer (The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline) spins melodrama out of the secret that lupus sufferer Dorrie White has been hiding from her devoted but dull husband, Sam. As a teenager, Dorrie gave birth to a daughter who was then given up for adoption and raised as Juliet Phillips. Sneaking away one morning to the mall in her Ohio town to spy on now 16-year-old Juliet, Dorrie finds her furtive maternal pride turning to terror when she witnesses a man abduct her daughter. Frantic and unable to think clearly, Dorrie pursues the kidnapper's van before attempting to get any aid. Her efforts to rescue Juliet, along with Sam's search for Dorrie, occupy the remainder of the book, but tepid writing drains whatever suspense and emotion the plot should have had. Agent: Jean Naggar, Jean V. Naggar Literary. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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November 06, 2012
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