COUNTRY-POP INGÉNUE Kayleigh Towne’s career is just reaching new heights with her huge hit single “Your Shadow”—but increased fame is also bringing unwanted attention. An innocent exchange with one of her fans, signed with an “XO,” leads Kayleigh into the dangerous and terrifying realm of obsession.
Edwin Sharp thinks Kayleigh’s songs contain messages that speak directly to him. Despite her clear rejection and threats from lawyers and law enforcers, he remains convinced that “Your Shadow” was written just for him, and he announces he’s coming for Kayleigh. Then a potentially fatal accident occurs at the concert hall where Kayleigh is rehearsing for a triumphant hometown performance, and she is convinced that someone—maybe Edwin—was there watching her from the darkness.
True to his word, Edwin Sharp soon makes an ominous appearance in town, and California Bureau of Investigation Agent Kathryn Dance, a friend and fan of Kayleigh’s on vacation in Fresno to attend the show, intervenes on her behalf, drawing Sharp’s frightening attention to herself. That night a member of the road crew whom Kayleigh had once dated is murdered in an eerie echo of an image from her chart-topping song. As more deaths loom on the horizon, Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body-language analysis to stop the stalker and save more innocent victims. But before long she learns that, like many celebrities, Kayleigh has more than one fan with a mission . . .
This nail-biting thriller from suspense master Jeffery Deaver speeds along over just three short days, filled with terrifying twists that will keep readers held in rapt suspense until the final shocking revelation.
Thriller Award winner Deaver's excellent third novel featuring Kathryn Dance (after 2009's Roadside Crosses) takes the California Bureau of Investigation agent on a vacation trip to Fresno, where she plans to collect music for her American Tunes Web site and visit her country music star friend, Kayleigh Towne, who's preparing a hometown concert. Meanwhile, persistent stalker Edwin Sharp pursues Towne in a manner that precludes legal action and frustrates local detectives. Sharp becomes the prime suspect in the murder of one of Towne's road crew, but he consistently eludes or outsmarts the law team's attempts to prove his involvement. Plenty of surprises and red herrings complement developments in Dance's problematic relations with boyfriend Jon Boling and Det. Michael O'Neil of Monterey County. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, the leads of Deaver's other series, make cameo appearances in a novel sure to please fans of both series.
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Not one of my favorites but good twists and turns.....
Barbara from New Jersey
It's always a treat to open a new Jeffrey Deaver and 'XO' did not disappoint . Taut plotting, excellent, evocative writing and well drawn characters are Deaver's hallmark and this book had it all. 'XO' has lots of twists and turns, keeping the reader totally engrossed. I Love Kathryn Dance as a lead character. Can't wait for the next one.
Every time I read a new Jeffery Deaver book, I always think it's his best yet. But XO really trumps them all to date!!
I was riveted to this book and can't wait for his next book!! Loved it!