St. Martin's, Nov 2001, 6.50, 368 pp.
In Possum Holler, Georgia life is good for young Katie Malloy in spite of living in a trailer park with only her mother. Everything changes when she gives a kitten to Gary Savino who tosses the innocent creature against a window. Katie's neighbor teenager Silas Koole takes her and Gus the kitten to the veterinarian Dr. Ben Ferguson. The trio becomes friends. When Silas is sent away to a foster home following the discovery of his father's long dead corpse, Katie's mother abruptly ends the child's relationship with Ben. That night Katie's mother is found dead in their trailer home, an apparent suicide.
Eighteen years have passed with Katie now married to Ben and Silas recently returned to live in his family shack. A serial killer is on the prowl and Silas fears that his beloved Katie is an intended victim. He will do whatever it takes to keep his cherished Katie safe.
UNFORGIVABLE is a powerful romantic suspense novel that hooks the audience early on and never slows down until the final “New York Times book review of the true crime story” (slick ending). Katie is a remarkable individual overcoming her childhood real life nightmares while Silas is eerie and Ben seems like a kind animal lover. The taut story line is loaded though the murderer seems an unreasonable choice in spite of several behavioral clues. The tale is as gritty as red clay and suspense fans will feel the growing tension that Tina Wainscot delivers and demand more from this powerhouse of a writer.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner