Berkley, Feb 2004, 6.99, 384pp
In 1994 San Francisco architect Stacy Addison buys an old dilapidated house that at best can be labeled a fixer upper in the Sierras. Her neighbor who shares the county access road, Brandon Vandvere, is irate that he was not offered first buy from the elderly former owner now in a home.
Since purchasing the house, Stacy finds someone leaving crank calls at her San Francisco apartment and sending threatening letters telling her to leave her new home. Her clients are also receiving nasty nutty untrue innuendos and disinformation about Stacy that ultimately costs her jobs. Still she refuses to give up the home that she cherishes with the bigger threat being falling in love with Brandon. Alas poor Stacy wonders if her beloved could be the “Creeper” behind the attack on her well-being as everyone insists he would do anything to gain ownership of her new home.
Readers will enjoy this absolutely enthralling modern day gothic romantic suspense that reads some what like a modern day Suspicion. Though Brand's behavior is intended to make him seem suspicious, fans will dislike his attitude towards Stacy. On the other hand, readers will fully appreciate Stacy, who displays courage though under siege. The support cast provides depth to the small somewhat isolated Sierra community that hopefully will lead to future stories starring several of them.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner