|HODDER & STOUGHTON|
the guardian Sat 03 January 2009
Nobody does this better than Deaver, the master-twister and trickster extraordinaire. A sheriff's deputy, responding to an emergency call from an isolated lakeside house in Wisconsin, stumbles into the scene of a double murder. Taken unawares, she loses her car and gun and finds herself on the run, with a woman friend of the murdered couple, from a couple of killers in the freezing, pitch-dark vastness of a state park. Thus begins a dance of bluff and double bluff as Deputy Brynn McKenzie desperately tries to shake the killers off their trail. And as if things weren't fraught enough, it turns out that they are not the only people - or things - abroad that night. The pace is terrific, the suspense inexorable, and there is an excellent climax. Unfortunately, too many twists add unnecessary strands to an already complex plot. But if you want thrills, Deaver is still your man.