Mary Higgins Clark's psychological thriller explores the close -- and sometimes telepathic -- link between twins. After three-year old twin sisters Kathy and Kelly Frawley are kidnapped from their Connecticut home and held for ransom, Kelly is returned safely but Kathy is believed to be dead -- until Kelly incredibly begins imparting information about her sister's whereabouts and the identity of her ruthless abductors.
Although three minor criminals were involved in the actual abduction of the girls, the mastermind behind the heinous crime calls himself the Pied Piper, and he alone is receiving the lion's share of the $8 million ransom. But just as his meticulously constructed crime is about to come to its scheduled conclusion -- with the twins being safely reunited with their parents and the four criminals getting away with the money -- one of the Pied Piper's crew, an emotionally unstable woman hired to take care of the girls during their confinement, throws a monkey wrench into the plans by killing one of the kidnappers and taking off with Kathy. Can the twins' almost supernatural bond help save Kathy?
Thematically reminiscent of Clark's first novel (1975's Where Are the Children?), this 2006 work will not only keep readers guessing until the very end about the identity of the criminal mastermind but also compel them to check the locks on all the doors and windows before they go to bed. While not graphically violent, this disturbing novel will chill readers to the bone -- especially parents of young children. Paul Goat Allen