By Lisa Gardner
By myself . . . Massachusetts country Trooper Bobby circumvent watches a demanding hostage standoff spread during the scope of his sniper rifle. simply around the road, in prosperous again Bay, Boston, an armed guy has barricaded himself along with his spouse and baby. The man’s finger tightens at the set off and ward off has just a cut up moment to react . . . and perpetually pay the consequences.
Alone . . . that’s the place the nightmare begun for cool, appealing, and dangerously attractive Catherine Rose Gagnon. Twenty-five years in the past, she used to be buried underground in the course of a month-long nightmare of abduction and abuse. Now her husband has simply been killed. Her spouse's father, the robust pass judgement on Gagnon, blames Catherine for his son’s demise . . . and for the sequence of unexplained health problems that experience despatched her personal younger son many times to the sanatorium.
Alone . . . a madman survived solitary confinement in a greatest safety felony the place he’d performed difficult time for the main sadistic of crimes. Now he walks the streets a loose guy, invisible, nameless . . . and packed with an unquenchable rage for vengeance. What brings them jointly is a second of violence—but what connects them is a fondness a ways deeper and masses extra risky. For a killer is free who’s woven such an complex net of evil that not anyone is above suspicion, nobody is past damage, and not anyone will see dying coming till it has them cornered, helpless, and on my own.
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