From Publishers Weekly
This stand-alone novel of suspense from bestseller O'Shaughnessy (Case of Lies
and 10 other legal thrillers starring Nina Reilly) has a glamorous setting, Los Angeles's Topanga Canyon, where a once promising architect, Ray Jackson, lives in a house he designed with his furniture-maker wife, Leigh. Unfortunately, despite some good plot twists and pinkish herrings, none of the characters is particularly interesting—not Ray, a tightly wound man who spends his time making models of every house he lived in during his tangled childhood; not Leigh, who may have a buried sex life; and especially not Kat and Jackie, two sisters in the real estate trade who used to be close to Leigh growing up. When Leigh disappears without a trace one night, Ray only with the greatest of reluctance (and nudges from Kat and the cops) sifts through secrets old and new for a truth that's as hard to swallow as it is to care about. Perri O'Shaughnessy is the pseudonym of sisters Pamela and Mary O'Shaughnessy. (Nov.)
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The best-selling author of the Nina Reilly series (in actuality two sisters writing under a pseudonym) veers off in a new direction with this stand-alone thriller. When Leigh Jackson disappears, her architect husband, Ray, doesn't seem all that worked up about it. But when his wife's old friend, Kat, shows up, hurling accusations, Ray realizes he has some explaining to do. Using a set of keys to every home he's ever lived in, Ray revisits his past, trying to find out if he is capable of the thing Kat suspects he might have done. And he uncovers truths about himself so deep and so dark that he begins to question his own identity. The book is a welcome breath of fresh air, especially for readers who've lost interest in the stodgily formulaic Reilly series. This is a well-paced, smartly written thriller with an ambiguous protagonist and a genuinely mysterious mystery to be solved. The dialogue could use a bit more polishing, but, given the novel's virtues, that's a small quibble. David PittCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved