Overview - A tragic accident. A family in crisis. And a killer watching every move. Five months after the mysterious death of his wife, Stephen Porter is pulled from a dreamless sleep by a midnight phone call. His 17-year-old daughter Sara is stranded in a blizzard near the top of a mountain beyond their suburban home. Read more...
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A tragic accident. A family in crisis. And a killer watching every move.
Five months after the mysterious death of his wife, Stephen Porter is pulled from a dreamless sleep by a midnight phone call. His 17-year-old daughter Sara is stranded in a blizzard near the top of a mountain beyond their suburban home. She's terrified and unable to stop crying as she begs him to come to her rescue.
Unfortunately Stephen went to bed just an hour before after a night of binge drinking. With his blurred vision and unsteady balance he knows it's dangerously irresponsible to get behind the wheel. But he heads out into the snowstorm to bring Sara home.
High school teacher Kieran O'Shea is also behind the wheel, searching for his autistic younger brother Aidan, who is wandering aimlessly through the storm on that same mountain. Kieran is terrified--of the voices in his mind, that Aidan will be taken from him, and that he may soon be arrested for murdering three women.
In a matter of minutes Stephen will encounter Kieran and drive headlong into a collision that will force him to unlock the secret of his wife's death, avoid prosecution, and protect his children from violence that hits all too close to home.
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In the prologue of this uneven psychological thriller from Beakey (Double Abduction), a drunken Stephen Porter, who lives in suburban Frederick County, Md., receives a phone call late one night from his 17-year-old daughter, Sara, whos stranded on a mountain in a blizzard while secretly visiting a favorite high school teacher, Kieran OShea, whose autistic younger brother, Aidan, she tutors. Stephen, whose wife, Lori, recently died in a mysterious road accident, gets into his car and heads into the storm. During his drive, he has a collision with fateful consequences for him and his children. Meanwhile, Det. John Caruso is investigating a series of murders of women in Frederick County and suspects Kieran may have a connection with the victims. Various subplots undercut the tension of this nightmarish scenario. One involves Kieran and Aidans abusive late mother, Nurlene. Another focuses on Det. Joseph Niles and his son, Marco, whos bullying Stephens son, Kenneth. Some interesting narrative developments compensate only in part for the weak whodunit aspect. (Feb.)