A woman abducted. A frantic husband. And no one can prove she exists…. One snowy night, in a suburban parking lot, a man finds the quarry he's been stalking for months. And Nola Elidad finds herself imprisoned by a strangely caring kidnapper—who insists she is his lost wife. Soon, he says—when she's no longer sick—she will remember who she is. But Nola knows she isn't the woman he claims … or is she? A nightmare journey is about to begin, propelling her into the shifting shadows of her own memory…. Across town, Nola's husband of three months must admit to Detective Lucas Conroy that he knows nothing of his bride's former life. Nor, it seems, does anyone else—not her boss, not her doctor—or they're not saying. Who is Nola Elidad? Somehow, Conroy must find the answer, even if his search for the missing woman leads him into a dark past haunted by cruelty, subterfuge, and murder.
Demented with grief and in denial over his wife's death, Jesse Waite stalks and kidnaps Nola Elidad, convinced that she is his dead wife, Stacey. "That's not my name!" becomes Nola's refrain throughout her captivity, but she has unexplained black holes in her memory and begins to believe in this imposed identity. By the time Detective Lucas Conroy tracks her down after three months, Nola's fully convinced that she's Stacey; she's forgotten her husband of three months, Alec, and is pregnant with Jesse's child. Nola's daily musings over her identity crisis take up the bulk of the book (large sections are also devoted to Nola's abusive childhood and Jesse's memories of Stacey's funeral). The plot is tied up in the last 40 pages in an unlikely revelation of past abductions and family secrets. Navarro (Red Shadows) provides romantic subplots about Alec's new love interest and Detective Conroy's budding relationship with a personal trauma cop, but she spends too many pages on Nola and Jesse's daily activities. The plot's intricacies are unsatisfactorily packed into the last part of the book, then quickly resolved in a pat ending.