“Run!” was Helen Spencer’s final word, written in her own blood on her bedroom wall, a message to her private secretary, Anna Harris. Anna had discovered Helen lying dead on the floor of the house they’d shared for the past year. She’d often wondered if her dream job and fairytale lifestyle as Helen’s assistant were too good to be true. Now she knew. Whatever Helen was involved in had gotten her killed, and her macabre warning made it clear Anna would be next. Gathering as many of her things as her suitcase would hold, Anna ran for her life, destination California, to disappear and start over with a new identity.
Wealthy and well-connected hotel owner Oliver Ward was once a world famous magician until a terrible on-stage accident cost him the use of a leg, and nearly his life. When he first meets Anna, she’s going by the name Irene Gaston working as a reporter for a local gossip rag. She’s investigating a series of drownings including the one that occurred at Oliver’s exclusive celebrity hideaway. She suspects these deaths may be linked, and not accidental as believed. Her investigation touches a nerve, and a mere four months after escaping Chicago, Irene is in as much danger as Anna, as her past and present lives collide.
The smart, dual-layered plot and finely-crafted suspense combine to make this a fast-paced thriller from beginning to end. Peril closes in on Anna from all sides, while Oliver’s mastery of magic and misdirection adds a twist of clever deception to this nail-biter of a tale. Loved it!