Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyWallace's ( So Shall You Reap ) satisfyingly surprising tale opens with two sisters, Lee Montara and Rosie Cooper, waiting determinedly in Rosie's rural upstate New York home for a nameless adversary ``to make his move'' against them. Lee, a magazine photo editor from New York City, is visiting her sister while avoiding Stewart McClaren, an intimidating photographer with an aggressive personal sales pitch. Her vacation began on a sour note: at an ice cream stand she stopped a hot-tempered man from getting rough with his wife. Soon such surprises as a bouquet of decaying yarrow stalks and a cake crawling with ants appear at the house, prompting Lee to wonder where Stewart is. Paul, Rosie's husband, alerts Sheriff Riley Hamm before leaving for a camping trip with his students. Riley figures that a photographer dangling after Lee is not police business. Then a corpse discovered on a nearby farm gives the plot a twist and makes Riley take notice. Despite Wallace's propensity to shunt off stage characters to whom Lee and Rosie might turn for help, this tale offers shivery delight to readers as the sisters inch toward identifying their stalker--just as he creeps closer to them. Author tour. (Nov.)
Library JournalGrieving over her lover's death and unsettled by an encounter with a disturbed photographer, magazine photo editor Lee Montara takes refuge in the idyllic country town of Taconic Hills, New York, where she grew up and her sister Rosie still lives. After Lee arrives, Rosie reveals that she has been receiving menacing phone calls. Then bizarre presents start to arrive: a birthday cake filled with ants, balloons containing blood, candles tied with black ribbons. The sisters know someone is stalking them, but who? Wallace's third novel (after So Shall You Reap , Doubleday, 1992) is not only an exciting and satisfying thriller in the manner of Mary Higgins Clark but also a compelling psychological study of the tension between siblings and a crime's impact on its victims. The writing is literate and the references sophisticated. Highly recommended.-- Janet Boyarin Blundell, MLS, Brookdale Community Coll., Lincroft, N.J.
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