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Twenty years ago, wild child Jessie Brentwood vanished from St. Elizabeth''s high school. Most in Jessie''s circle of friends believed she had run away. Few suspected she was hiding a shocking secret -- a secret that brought her into the crosshairs of a vicious killer. Two decades later, a body is unearthed on school grounds and Jessie''s old friends gather together -- certain that the body is Jessie''s and that the mystery of what happened to her has finally been solved. But instead, Jessie''s friends begin to die in freak accidents that defy explanation. Becca Sutcliff is rattled by the deaths and senses that an evil force is shadowing her too, waiting for the right moment to strike. Is it all a coincidence -- or has a killer finally returned to finish what was started all those years before;
Although Lisa Jackson has written dozens of historical and contemporary romances, among her most popular works are her novels of romantic suspense, and her name is now virtually synonymous with that genre. Jackson, whose real first name is Susan, was born in Molalla, Oregon. She majored in English at Oregon State University but dropped out to get married and have children. She was working as a daycare provider when her younger sister, Nancy Bush, approached her in 1981 with an idea. Bush had just read an article in TIME magazine about the burgeoning field of romance writing and had discovered that many of the authors were young mothers like themselves. It might be possible, she explained, to earn extra money by writing between diaper changes and trips to the playground. The two decided to collaborate on a book, but after completing it, they found it difficult to gain the attention of publishers. Still, they persevered, working both together and separately. Jackson, who wrote under the name Susan Lynn Crose early in her career, sold her first series romance in 1983 and soon began publishing regularly. (Bush also went on to become a popular author, and the two still occasionally collaborate.) In 1999, wanting to explore darker, more suspenseful themes, Jackson published UNSPOKEN, which introduced her to a new audience and an unprecedented level of popularity. Her romantic-suspense books now frequently land on the bestseller list and have been translated into numerous languages. Jackson is often asked how she manages to so vividly describe the criminal mind. "It's just a matter of imagination," she has said. "I'm obviously not a murderer."
"Swift pacing and an intriguing plot make this a first-rate supernatural thriller." (Starred review.)
From the Publisher
Twenty years after the provocative Jessie Brentwood vanished from St. Elizabeth's High School, bones are uncovered on the campus. If these remains are Jessie's, then the details of her mysterious disappearance might finally come to light, but the bones also bring the case back to life for the investigating detective and some of Jessie's former schoolmates, who soon find themselves in real danger. It seems that whoever killed Jessie is still out there and has not the taste for blood.