Lily has received a phone call from Jess who has written a feature on three women who were victims of stalking-and on the day of publication, all three woman were found dead. Lily arrives to find Jess missing and has left behind a mysterious trail of clues.
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Alternating between the first-person narrative of her amateur-sleuth heroine and an interview with a serial killer describing each of his murders, Thomas's fresh and sexy contemporary English mystery, the second in a trilogy (after 2003's Dead Clever), keeps the reader riveted. Partly out of curiosity and partly to escape a would-be lover and colleague's marriage to a young student, crime-fiction lecturer Lily Pascale agrees to leave rural Devon to go up to London to help a former university friend, Jess Mallone. Jess has written an article on three women, all stalking victims who get murdered the same day the article appears in Smile! magazine. In her university days, Jess wore designer clothes and drove a BMW, so Lily is surprised to find that her old friend resides in a rundown, dreary flat. Worse, Jess has disappeared, leaving only a brief note. In her pursuit of the truth through the glamorous magazine world and London art scene, Lily comes up with a lot of connections but seemingly no suspects. The suspense builds as Lily and the killer's paths converge in an unpredictable climax.
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Given that the author is only 26, it's easy to forgive any minor inconsistencies in what is, overall, a really fine thriller. Strong characterizations, believable dialogue, and an intricately constructed plot with plenty of twists result in a suspenseful and entertaining roller-coaster ride of a book. Lily Pascale, onetime actress turned university lecturer and amateur sleuth, has already solved one high-profile case. When she receives a call from her long-lost friend, Jess, asking for help in tracking down a murderer, Lily can't resist getting involved. Hoping that the case will take her mind off the fact that the man she loves is marrying someone else, Lily starts investigating. She learns that three young women have been brutally murdered and that the common thread connecting them is that all three were featured in a magazine article written by Jess. Then Jess herself disappears, and Lily fears the worst. A gripping read that will fit comfortably in most mystery collections. Emily Melton
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