“If you like Mary Higgins Clark, you’ll love Wendy Corsi Staub.”
—Lisa Jackson, bestselling author of Devious
One of the most exciting of the new breed of thriller and suspense writers, Wendy Corsi Staub asks, “Are you ever truly safe...even in your own home?” With Nightwatcher, the acclaimed, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Hell to Pay delivers a ripped-from-the-headlines masterwork of suspense, the first book in an electrifying new series. Intense, powerful, and refreshingly original, Nightwatcher returns to the site of America’s worst national nightmare—New York City on September 11, 2001—as a serial killer, plying his bloody trade in the chaos following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, operates unnoticed by everyone…except for one frightened woman who has seen his face. Author Lee Child has called her work, “solid gold suspense,” and any reader who’s ever stayed up late, devouring the novels of Lisa Jackson and Lisa Gardner with every light on in the house, should prepare to lose even more sleep over Wendy Corsi Staub’s Nightwatcher.
Despite the interesting idea of a serial killer operating in Manhattan immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks, bestseller Staub's romantic suspense novel ends up doing little with such a dramatic backdrop for crimes that, though savage, have no real connection to the Twin Towers' destruction. The day after al-Qaeda's strike, Kristina Haines, who had rejected the awkward advances of her building's part-time handyman, is butchered in her apartment. The identity of the killer isn't withheld from the reader for long, making the remainder of the book a thriller focusing on whether callow heroine Allison Taylor, a fashion editor, will successfully evade the murderer and hook up with a neighbor whose wife was in one of the towers when it collapsed. That the book is billed as the kickoff to a new series vitiates much uncertainty as to those two major plot questions, but even as a stand-alone, it suffers from paper-thin characterizations and motivations.