Mira, Jul 2003, 6.50, 384 pp.
In Chicago Heights, Johnny Dunn dies in a boating accident. A year later his grieving widow Amy Wainscott, CEO of a construction company, decides to spend more time with her five-year-old son Charles. She fires Charles' nanny, Kathy Stead, who frightens her with her obsessive behavior towards her son. A few weeks later, someone abducts Charles from an amusement park.
Amy hires Denver based private detective Brad Dorchester to find her son, who she feels his former nanny kidnapped. However, Amy also works the field seeking anyone who looks like Kathy. Using the name Amy Wayne in Lawrence, Michigan, she feels she is closing in on Kathy and consequently Charles. As she nears her target, Amy worries whether her boy will remember her and even if he does will he feel she abandoned him hen she finally catches up with them?
This is an exciting romantic suspense that focuses on one mother's worse nightmare, the abduction of a child. The metamorphosis of Amy from CEO to hunter feels genuine because in either position she seems like she suffers from obsessive behavior syndrome (call me Dr. Harriet). A final twist will surprise readers, but seems out of character, as the groundwork of that relationship never emerged in the plot. Still fans will travel the road until the end as this thriller never eases off the throttle until the climax is done.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner