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by Sandra Brown
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Grand Central, 2011 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Honor Gillette and her four-year-old daughter are alone in their isolated home on the bayou when Lee Coburn, an accused murderer, takes them hostage. Honor is the widow of police officer Eddie Gillette who died in a car crash two years before.

Coburn is sure the car crash was not an accident and that Eddie had information that will lead to the Bookkeeper, a criminal mastermind who runs slavery and drug trafficking for all of Southern Louisiana. While Honor watches, he tears her home apart looking for anything that might reveal the secret. She hopes he finds what he wants and leaves, but in the end Honor and Emily are forced to leave with him.

Coburn insists Honor is in danger from Eddie's closest friends. Since even Coburn doesn't know what he's looking for, Honor finds it hard to believe anything he says. He uses her fear for Emily's safety to get her follow his orders.

The truth about Lee Coburn is drawn out as the story unfolds. The Bookkeeper's identity will keep readers guessing until the end. Brown has written a suspenseful thriller that grabs you on page one, dragging you from one dangerous situation to the next, the tension escalating until the very last page.

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