This book had me from the first chapter with Peyton Shields apparently being stalked by a madman. Peyton works as a doctor for children in a clinic. To compound her problems, she is on real shaky ground with her husband Kevin, her mother is very domineering about Peyton and Peyton's relationship with Kevin, and Peyton is in trouble with the hospital over accidently shooting someone while stopping a violent man in the hospital.
With all the stress in her head Peyton seems to be run off the road during a snowstorm into a pond. She is rescued by a mysterious stranger who then disappears.
Her husband Kevin has his own issues, like working for a law firm where no matter how well he does he has no future. Also, on the night of Peyton's car accident, he was involved in a one night stand that left him feeling guilty and disgusted.
After Peyton's accident Kevin and Peyton try to reconcile but the stalker is still around. The reader only knows him as Rudy or RJ (his Internet chatroom name). Rudy seems to be obsessed with chatting with someone by the chattroom name of Ladydoc, who he is sure is Peyton, thus his obsession with Peyton too.
The book grips you from the start and never lets go. The reader is never sure if both Peyton and Kevin are totally honest and who Rudy is. When I got to the last 30 pages, I kept thinking that there is no way everything will be resolved by the end but the author does an amazing job of wrapping things up while keeping the suspense till almost the last page! This is the fourth book I have read by this author and it is by far the best!
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