Read: Jan. 2-3, 2008
Challenge: Numbers Challenge; Celebrating the Author Challenge
First Line: When the first bullet hit my chest, I thought of my daughter.
Dr. Marc Seidman wakes up in the hospital to find that twelve days earlier his wife, Monica, was shot dead in their home, and their daughter, Tara, is missing. When the ransom note arrives, Marc's hopes go through the roof. But when the drop goes bad, everything around him spirals out of control. Eighteen months later, another ransom note is delivered. Instead of contacting the police and doing the "right" thing, Marc takes matters into his own hands. With the assistance of his ex-girlfriend, they chase down the clues to Tara's disappearance, only to realize that there's more to the story than meets the eye.
*~* This story was well plotted and fast paced. I was sucked in with the first sentence and could barely wait to figure out if Tara was still alive. The revelations at the end are shocking, to say the least. The ending came out of left field to me. This was only the second Coben book that I have read (the first I read years ago) and I thoroughly enjoyed it.