Signet, Dec 2001, 6.99, 400 pp.
By the time she turn ten, C.J. Osborne decides she no longer needs a babysitter and following months of begging her parents give in to her demand. They leave her alone one evening on their Mohave Desert ranch. This makes C.J. feel very grown up until she notices a light just outside the window. An intruder invades her house, but not before C.J. takes refuge in the crawl space. She manages to keep the invader at bay until her parents arrive, but they believe that their daughter's overactive imagination kicked in big time.
Fifteen yeas later, C.J. works as a police officer for the LAPD, but she never forgot that night of terror. Although she fights crime in the city's worse slums, she remains afraid of that one bogeyman from her youth. Too bad she fails to realize that her childhood nightmare has returned to eliminate the one person who escaped his clutches.
LAST BREATH is an exciting thriller that will send shivers up and down the fan's spine because Michael Prescott enables the reader to walk in the shoes of C.J. Her valiant efforts to overcome her fears are laudable and add to the thrills and chills of the plot. Mr. Prescott shows off his talent as a unique and fresh author with a gift to keep the audience in a chamber of suspense.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner