Onyx, Nov 2004, 6.99, 330 pp.
Once Phoebe was in an abusive marriage to Michael Schaeffer, but when he threatened to kill her, Phoebe ran away. It took him three years to track her down. He entered her classroom intending to kill her and her students, but after he murdered a few she disarmed him and knocked him into a coma. He lies in a hospital not expected to awaken so when Phoebe receives the call from Michael that he is coming to get her she is horrified.
Her next door neighbor emergency room doctor Alan sees the ghost of his daughter Chick in another world with a different climate. Chick visits Phoebe and tells her to go see her father. Alan and Phoebe exchange stories, but fail to see the connection between them. Michael remains comatose but the calls continue to haunt Phoebe as now he threatens Alan too. As his daughter plays matchmaker and rescuer from beyond, Michael intensifies his efforts while Alan and Phoebe hope to stay alive long enough to fall in love.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner