ROMANCE

The Monster in the Closet

Berkley. (Baltimore, Bk. 5). Sept. 2017. 512p. ISBN 9780399586767. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780399586774. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
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Ever since 11-year-old Jazzie found her mother's bloody body and knew who had killed her, she hasn't spoken a word. Now, at Healing Hearts with Horses, a ranch-based program that specializes in working with traumatized children, Jazzie connects with summer intern Taylor Dawson, a fledgling therapist who has lived through a terrifying childhood of her own. But Jazzie's progress goads a clever killer into action—and he's not about to leave any loose ends. A swift pace, meticulous detail, and a generous, distinctive cast of both new and familiar characters, including loyal Ford Elkhart, bring this race against time to life. A riveting story that skillfully weaves multiple viewpoints and plot threads into a satisfying whole.
VERDICT Touching, warmly loving, and steeped in terrifying fears no child should ever know, this heart-stopping thriller delivers on all counts. Rose (Every Dark Corner) lives in Florida.

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