Townsend Heights is the perfect small town. Sleepy, tree lined streets. Good schools. A quick commute to the city. The sort of peaceful, suburban existence Tasha Banks dreamed of living when she left her fast-paced career for fulltime motherhood. But now, Tasha's perfect dream is turning into a terrifying nightmare. Someone is targeting women in Townsend Heights, and not just any women. A serial killer is looking for a particular kind of prey... young, stay-at-home mothers...exactly like Tasha. One by one, Tasha's friends are disappearing, only to die in horrific ways. Suddenly, terror is transforming Townsend Heights into a sinister place of fear and foreboding, a place where evil lurks behind every corner, hiding behind the mask of a familiar face, a face that may be the last one Tasha ever sees.
Nicely bookended by a brisk early murder and a clever denouement, this plodding thriller leaves readers stranded in the middle as Staub (Halloween Party) explores the daily travails of young stay-at-home mothers. The disappearance of a beautiful, wealthy mother disturbs the prosperous suburb of Townsend Heights, N.Y., but Tasha Banks's three children and preoccupied husband keep her hands full and her mind busy. It isn't until her best friend is slain that she realizes with horror that a murderer is prowling the streets of their quiet neighborhood. While Tasha attempts to come to terms with her restlessness and worry, single mother and reporter Paula Bailey struggles to care for her neglected son and to break the case before the big-city journalists do. Fortunately, she possesses some inside information that is likely to ensure her the scoop. Although Staub effectively portrays the stresses of motherhood and draws her characters with sympathetic detail, the story's momentum drags before more killings liven up the pace. Staub's daring ending is an attention grabber, but it's a long way in coming for readers seeking more tension and fewer household crises. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.
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October 15, 2012
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