“Even a genius can be played for a pawn by a cunning and deadly manipulator. Lauren James is a former psychiatrist, still reeling from her husband’s suicide and the subsequent miscarriage that swept away her tidy life the year before. On the anniversary of his death, she opens what she hopes to be...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Even a genius can be played for a pawn by a cunning and deadly manipulator. Lauren James is a former psychiatrist, still reeling from her husband’s suicide and the subsequent miscarriage that swept away her tidy life the year before. On the anniversary of his death, she opens what she hopes to be a "Welcome to Mensa" envelope and pulls out a threatening puzzle along with the identical suicide note she had burned the previous year. Unraveling the twisted clues, Lauren embarks on a harrowing journey drawn in by a child’s neglected grave, a professor from the island of St. Croix, and a U.S. Supreme Court nominee. When Lauren discovers the reason behind her husband’s shocking death, she must struggle with her deepest convictions and whether killing is acceptable if it saves more lives. “A twisting, intense psychological thriller.”—Bestselling author Scott Nicholson, Liquid Fear”LaVerne L wrote this review Monday, May 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Lauren’s husband committed suicide a year ago. She has been grieving so long; now she feels like she needs to get out and get involved in some activities. She applies to Mensa; shortly before the first meeting she attends, she receives an odd note in the mail. On the front is what looks like drops of blood in a strange pattern – on the back are hangman puzzles. This is just the first of many puzzling letters and emails that she receives – can she solve the puzzles and learn what it is she is expected to do in time?
This was a fast-paced novel, and I really enjoyed the characters. Wallace did a good job of creating unique characters. The only real complaint I had about it was that it is difficult to figure out time-lines because there is no real note taken of time spent or time between scenes – sometimes it seems like the plot has jumped ahead several weeks from one paragraph to another with no break or acknowledgment of that time. It became rather confusing at times. There are some definitely disturbing issues raised in the story, but I was wholly satisfied with the outcome. Fans of mystery/thrillers should definitely check this book out.”