From a national bestselling author: “A classic cat-and-mouse with enough twists to enthrall even the most veteran thriller reader” (David Baldacci).
How well do you really know the person you love? How far would you go to find out?
If there were one person in the world Dr. Lauren Chambers was sure she could rely on, it was her husband, Michael. Slowly recovering from an agoraphobic depression and still prone to episodes of blinding anxiety, the gifted psychologist has depended on his love and support. So when Michael suddenly and mysteriously vanishes, Lauren once again finds herself balancing on a knife’s edge of paranoia.
Is there more to it than paranoia, though? Private investigator Nick Bradley believes so. As the pair takes off on a cross-country journey in search of answers—a search that yields a series of unsettling truths about the husband Lauren believed she knew so well—bestselling author Alan Jacobson sets in motion a page-turning tale of concealed identities, an assassin’s vendetta, and murderous revenge.
A master of the shocking twist and the ingenious turn, Jacobson builds an exhilarating road thriller filled with hairpin turns and unexpected detours as Lauren heads for a face-off with the most dangerous secret of all: the truth. From the author of False Accusations and The Lost Codex, this is “a book that is impossible to put down” (Library Journal).
Questions of identity are at the heart of Jacobson's follow-up to the suspense thriller False Accusations. Unfortunately, despite an unexpected twist at the end, those questions are trapped in a by-the-numbers plot. As the novel begins, three men have disappeared. Michael Chambers, husband of Placerville, Calif., therapist Dr. Lauren Chambers, hasn't returned from a weekend ski trip. In Washington, D.C., well-connected murderer Anthony Scarponi has recently been released from prison pending a new trial. Performing surgery on himself to remove the tracking device implanted in his body, Scarponi sets out to kill Harper Payne, the former FBI agent whose testimony initially convicted him. Payne, meanwhile, has disappeared from the witness protection program. Lauren's search for her husband links the other two disappearances, as she and private investigator Nick Bradley travel to Virginia, where they discover that Michael was involved in a car accident. Suffering from amnesia and a bullet wound in the leg, Michael is being chased by FBI agents who think he is Payne. When the agents find Michael, they convince him that he is, in fact, Payne, and reenlist him in the hunt for Scarponi. Every character harbors either a hidden agenda or a paranoid suspicion in this overworked, undercooked tale, fated to try the patience of even the most charitable of thriller fans. 6-city author tour.