And so it begins . . . again. Survivors of a serial killer who invadedtheir childhood, Lucy Walsh and Jeremy Cavalon are married now, replacing nightmares of their terrifying past with joyful dreams of theupcoming birth of their first child. Fiercelydetermined to protect the fragile balance of their lives, Lucy doesn't know that her new husband guards a deadly secret . . . or that an Act of Godis about to unleash a vengeful fury. For shell-shocked Lucy and Jeremy, thehorrible death of a loved one is a tragic accident. But for a shadowy predator, it's the first step toward completing a deadly mission that was interrupted so long ago. Now, at last,the members of the Walsh and Cavalon families will pay for their sins, one by one . . .
At the outset of this violent, generic thriller from bestseller Staub, the third in a trilogy that began with Live to Tell and Scared to Death, a freak major earthquake hits Massachusetts, allowing an unnamed female convict to escape unscathed from the ruins of the Bridgebury Correctional Facility. The woman, taking inspiration from her Bible, starts a campaign of vengeance by shooting to death a wounded prison guard who once raped her. She quickly moves beyond crimes of opportunity to a careful strategic plan aimed at Lucy Walsh Cavalon, a pregnant computer network administrator hoping finally to carry a child to term. Lucy's adversary, who once "had lived in a grand home whose marble bathrooms were stocked with fine European linens," has it in for Lucy and her husband, Jeremy, who won a large chunk of the escaped convict's assets in a damages settlement. Staub brings nothing new to the familiar psychotic-pursuing-a-vendetta plot line. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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September 27, 2011
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