Lauren's life was perfect -- until the day someone targeted her child.
Until she got pregnant, Lauren Caylor and her husband worked side by side in the high-pressure offices of one of Los Angeles's most prestigious law firms. They moved out of LA for the sake of their daughter, but their marriage couldn't stand the slow pace of suburban life, and their love withered away. Now married to a wonderfully understanding man named Richard, Lauren's life is a suburban ideal -- and it is about to be destroyed.
It starts one afternoon when she notices a car following her home from work. Next, a pair of recluses moves into the house across the street, sending Richard into a strange panic. When it becomes clear that their family is being threatened, Richard promises to take action. But Lauren is beginning to fear that her husband may be the one who can't be trusted.
The domestic tranquility that Lauren Caylor and her five-year-old daughter, Emily, have found with Lauren's second husband, Richard, in quietly upscale San Miguel, Calif., yields to a domestic nightmare. Lauren realizes that she is being followed from her job at a landscape architecture firm and notices that the strange couple across the street is watching her house. When the family is followed from an outing Richard, visibly shaken, makes a frantic phone call to a man named Jameson--supposedly on the San Miguel police force--and assures Lauren that ``he's going to take care of things.'' After finding out that no one named Jameson works for the police, Lauren finagles a copy of Richard's employment application from his boss and discovers that his entire past, as she knows it, has been fabricated. When the frightening truth emerges, a double threat converges on the Caylor household, putting Lauren and Emily in real danger. Author of Night of Reunion and the Jake Lomax mysteries, Allegretto builds this tidy, tantalizing thriller to a satisfying conclusion with his usual aplomb.