Shadowkiller by Wendy Corsi Staub
Allison Taylor MacKenna feels as though she’s awakened at last from a 10-year-long nightmare. But her darkest hour has yet to come….
Nestled in the warm, domestic cocoon of loving husband and family, Allison finally feels safe – unaware that a stranger’s brutal murder on a Caribbean island is the first step in an intricate plan to destroy everything in her life. For seasoned NYPD Detective Rocky Manzillo, the signs are clear that something terrible has emerged from the shadows: a murder victim left without a face and a faded photograph that yields a startling connection. Now, as Allison’s murky memories of a troubled childhood creep back to light, a cunning predator who shares her history prepares to enact a horrifying retribution – and won’t stop killing until Allison faces a shocking truth…and pays the ultimate price.
SHADOWKILLER is available from Audible.
Four Stars. Staub ratchets up suspense with her third in a trilogy featuring Allison Taylor. The trilogy comes to a tight and surprising close with this twisted tale…suspense oozes off the page as Taylor finders herself in jeopardy again.
— RT Bookreviews Magazine
Alternating between past and present day, Shadowkiller serves as part sequel and part prequel. At its core, the book is an exploration of the relationships between who people once were and who they become – and the drastic measures that some will go to in order to rectify history. As Staub exposes the secrets of Allison’s childhood and the circumstances leading to her and Mac’s meeting, one truth becomes increasingly evident: the past is not at rest – and seemingly random events are anything but…Shadowkiller is a fitting ending to this dramatic and intricately plotted saga. The book also serves as evidence of Staub’s continued willingness to take risks, as it represents more of a whydunit than the more traditional whodunit. While longtime fans may miss trying to discern the malevolent force masked behind a familiar face, Staub’s strong characterizations and skillful exploration of the seemingly ordinary events that suddenly morph into extraordinary ones will sustain them. A veteran of nearly eighty books, she well knows how to keep you turning pages long into the night…
— Hartford Books Examiner
Wendy Corsi Staub’s nearly eight published novels include many recent New York Times bestsellers. Her latest, SHADOWKILLER (Harper, Febrary, 2013), concludes a trilogy including NIGHTWATCHER and SLEEPWALKER, a 2013 Edgars finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award.
Wendy’s upcoming THE GOOD SISTER (Harper, October, 2013) is the first of three new suspense novels set against a domestic backdrop with a social networking theme and has been optioned for television.
Past honors include a 2011 Edgar/MHC nomination, an RWA Rita award, four WLA Washington Irvings, the RWA-NYC Golden Apple for Lifetime Achievement, and the RT Bookreviews Career Achievement Award in Suspense. Alter-ego Wendy Markham writes bestselling chick lit.
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