In each of her gripping bestsellers, Lisa Jackson has brought
readers to the edge of their seats and proven herself a master of
romantic suspense. Now the New York Times bestselling author
of HOT BLOODED and COLD BLOODED delivers her most powerful novel
yet, bringing back New Orleans detective Reuben Montoya as he
matches wits with a twisted psychopath whose very presence makes
his victims SHIVER...
Detective Reuben "Diego" Montoya is back in New Orleans. Thanks to
years of working with the dark side of society, his youthful
swagger is gone, replaced by straightforward determination. He'll
need it, because a serial killer is turning The Big Easy into his
personal playground. The victims are killed in pairs --- no
connection, no apparent motive, no real clues. Somebody's playing a
sick game, and Montoya intends to beat him at it.
His only lead is the ex-wife of one of the victims. Abby Chastain
is a woman haunted by painful secrets. Twenty years ago she watched
in horror as her mother, a patient at the Our Lady of Virtues
Mental Hospital, plunged through a window to her death. Abby has
always dreaded that she too would one day go insane...especially
now, back in this town, where she's begun to feel watched, as if
the devil himself is scraping a fingernail along her spine.
Something about Abby --- her spirit and her honest fear --- gets to
Montoya. His gut tells him his prime suspect is innocent, just like
it's telling him there's something significant about the once-grand
hospital now decaying in a gloomy thicket of ancient live oaks.
Abby Chastain can help unlock the mystery --- if only Montoya can
get her to trust him enough to face the ghosts of her past.
As more bodies are found in gruesome, staged scenarios and the FBI
moves in, Montoya's in a desperate race to find a killer whose
crimes are getting more terrifying, and closer all the time.
Plunging deep into a nightmare investigation will uncover a
shocking revelation --- a deadly connection between Abby and
Montoya and an asylum where unspeakable crimes were committed, evil
once roamed free, and a human predator may still wait. For the past
is never completely gone. Its sins must be avenged, its wrongs
righted. And this time Detective Reuben Montoya may pay the
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