She loves me … she loves me not.
When a homemade, heart-shaped valentine with no signature shows up in Rose Larrabee's mailbox, she is surprised to say the least—as a widow and mother of two young children, she has little time for romance. But what one might mistake for a sweet gift is really a terrifying reminder of the secret she shares with two other women … a secret that has deadly consequences.
I want her … I want her dead.
When the phone rings in the middle of the night, playing a song that chills her to the bone, Rose is determined to keep her family safe from the threat she cannot see but knows is out there ... watching. After one of the other women is murdered, it becomes clear that each valentine is not the gift of a secret admirer but a warning from the madman who is getting all too close to the very heart of her deepest, darkest fears …
Wendy Corsi Staub's She Loves Me Not details the domestic dramas of a single mother who has been targeted by a killer. Ever since Rose Larabee lost her husband and underwent heart transplant surgery, she's had troubles making ends meet. But now she has a new problem-a stalker who sends her eerie, heart-shaped gifts. Rose's friends try to convince her that the gifts may not be as sinister as she suspects, but when her boss, bookstore owner Luke Pfleuger, turns up dead on her lawn, it becomes clear that her "secret admirer" may be a murderer. The novel chugs along slowly as Staub (In the Blink of an Eye, etc.) describes Rose's domestic struggles. Indeed, some readers may forget that this is a thriller, not a work of women's fiction. Too tame to appeal to fans of the former and too dark for fans of the latter, this genre-bending tale will have difficulties finding its niche.