Onyx, July 2004, 6.99 320 pp.
She went out to buy some groceries as a way of thanking her mother in law Sara for allowing her and her three children to stay in their Cape Cod home. While she was putting some groceries in the car and then slammed the trunk shut, someone stealthily moved behind her and slipped her something to cause her to lose consciousness. At first nobody is concerned but as the hours slip away Sara called the police and her son Will to let him know that Emily was missing.
Ordinarily, it would be treated as an ordinary missing person's case but retired FBI agent and expert profiler Dr. John Geary is working on a very similar case. Over the last two decades, on a certain date mothers have been kidnapped; five days later a son is abducted, a piece of a boy's body the only thing ever found. Dr. Geary thinks this same person kidnapped Emily because the date fits. The police wants the family to keep the boys close to them. Unfortunately one of them is kidnapped by someone they all trust and time is running out for Emily and her son.
New talent Kate Pepper provides thriller readers with an exciting tale that will leave fans wanting to read any future books she writes. The pacing is swift, the actions scenes leave the audience breathless and the suspense is at a high level. FIVE DAYS IN SUMMER is a very frightening book because the victims could be anyone, anywhere since the perpetrator chooses them at random. The killer is hiding in plain sight but no one would ever suspect him until the end.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner