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by Mariah Stewart
Order:  USA  Can
Ballantine, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Sheldon Woods, with the promise of immunity, has given up the burial places of thirteen young boys he sexually assaulted and then strangled. Hoping to win privileges, he claims he will give up the grave of a fourteenth as long as he has immunity. Wanting to give another family closure, FBI Agent Portia Cahill agrees.

She did not expect to find another boy's bones under those of the first one. For that body, Woods could be given the death penalty as the immunity did not extend to another child. But he refuses to identify the second boy. While Portia uses every source available to her to find the parents of this poor boy, a new corpse appears on top of another of Wood's graves. A copycat? But how would a copycat know just where Woods had buried anyone? Woods is a prisoner in a state penitentiary.

This intriguing plot reels itself out, lurching from one grave site to another with the heartrending discoveries underneath. Portia, who has a twin sister Miranda, has personal problems of her own that must be resolved. And what about that handsome lawyer who seems interested in her? Forgotten is a quick and enjoyable read, good for a day on the beach.

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