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Library Journal Review
The author of Shadow Walk (LJ 12/97) presses wealthy and successful (but sometimes lonely) true-crime writer Garner Quinn into service once more. While planning a family vacation in Maine, Garner receives the first of many threatening letters from a chilling anonymous stalker. Although she hires a good security firm, she insists on disobeying the orders of its co-owner, a man she finds very attractive, and almost dies. Then, when a bomb kills her would-be love, Garner takes the offensive. Good psychological thrills, very nice prose, and a determined, appealing heroine recommend this for most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
What sets true-crime writer Garner Quinn apart from mere mortals or even other fictional sleuths are her intelligent, down-to-earth observations. She's larger than life with her wealth and celebrity and tendency to get punched and her habit of falling in love with guys with names like Dane Blackmoor. But she also has a teenage daughter and a highly skeptical housekeeper, Cilda Fields, whose main job seems to be keeping Quinn in line. Cilda has her work cut out for her in this latest escapade (after Graven Images and Shadow Walk). The trouble begins with some creepy and vaguely threatening fan mail. Since Quinn lives in an isolated part of the New Jersey shore (the house conjures up visions of a contemporary Manderley), she is wise to be concerned. She hires a high-profile security agency to track down the letter-writer, and suddenly the woman who keeps the world at arm's length finds herself burdened with bodyguards who follow her every move. The head of the agency, an endearingly nerdy type who takes a very personal interest in Quinn's case, is murdered in a particularly spectacular way. Was his death somehow linked to the threats Quinn has received? The search for an answer leads Quinn farther afield than she had expected to go. On the home front, meanwhile, Quinn must cope with Cilda's high-powered and jealous daughter. Waterhouse explores Quinn's varied relationships with sensitivity and devises an involving plot. The novel's finale is somewhat overblown, as Quinn fights for truth and justice and, presumably, the American way, but overall this mystery satisfies nicely. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Garner Quinn, poor little rich girl, victim of an uncaring father and an unhappy childhood, is all grown up with an estate in New Jersey, her dead father's millions, a reputation as a gifted true-crime writer, and--most prized of all--her teenage daughter, Temple. Still, her life isn't perfect. An old rivalry with her housekeeper's daughter haunts her, and the one man she loves has moved to Paris. Now one of her fans is sending her disturbingly obsessive "fan mail." She hires a stellar security firm that quickly puts the fan behind bars. Feeling safer, Garner falls for the head of the firm, handsome Reed Corbin. Then Reed is killed by a bomb apparently meant for Garner. If her stalker is safely behind bars, who's out to get her, and more disturbingly, why? Garner resolves to find out the truth, but what she discovers is both deeply disturbing and terrifying. This sizzler of a suspense thriller firmly cements Waterhouse's place as one of today's topnotch mystery writers. A must-read! --Emily Melton
Kirkus Book Review
"Not everything in this world is about Garner Quinn," her housekeeper's daughter Mercedes Fields tells her. It's a lesson that seems to be lost on Garner's author, who's made the bestselling true-crime writer a target of a demented correspondent whose devotion soon turns to murderous hatred. Hiring Reed Corbin's high-priced security firm to protect her, Garner retreats with her daughter to the Jersey shore, but the man who calls himself "Chaz" just keeps on coming--until he runs into a trap and lands in jail. Time for a celebration, crows Corbin, bodyguard to the stars, who by this time has fallen for the woman he's professionally bound to protect. So he spirits her off to a party to launch his new book, The Fear Factor, where she smugly watches videotaped tributes from Madonna and Tom Cruise to "the man I'm going to sleep with tonight." Instead of sleeping with her, though, Corbin gets blown to pieces by a bomb that his surviving partner, Matt Raice, insists was set by a terrorist cabal that had nothing to do with Garner. Only after a trip to Paris--where her distant lover, sculptor Dane Blackmoor, is willing to drop everything for Garner's sake--a second encounter with providentially freed Chaz, and a memorable finale among the Thanksgiving parade balloons, will Garner realize that the whole ado is about her, and has been from the beginning. Like Garner's first two adventures (Graven Images, 1995; Shadow Walk, 1997), this one is suspenseful stuff but undiluted by a hint of any character whose life doesn't revolve around its heroine, surely the most self-involved true-crime writer around. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.