by Lisa Scottoline
Fans of Lisa Scottoline will be pleased with an intense and gripping thriller that is set in her familiar Pennsylvania/Philadelphia surroundings but does not include the familiar Bennie Rosato and her law firm, nor Mary DiNuzio and her family. The clever story, that begins with a frightening scenario that will be orchestrated by a high school teacher (the main character), conjures up grim possibilities. However, with a surprising detour, the reader is taken in an unexpected direction and the twists and turns are part of an unexpected journey. The first part of the book introduces us to several key families with children in the high school central to the story. Scottoline’s scenes related to the high school are detailed and entertaining, and will bring back memories for many of us. It is disappointing that the families introduced in the first part of the story are not continued through to the end, even in an epilogue that would satisfy the reader’s curiosity and complete the characterizations. But, for dedicated Scottoline fans, this book will likely be a dramatic shift in expectations but a good read nonetheless.