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'You live nearby? You need a ride?'
She stopped and looked at him: a chubby guy with a beard, younger than her father, but older than a teenager. She could never guess the ages of adults.
'You need some help?' the man asked again. 'I can't fix your bike, but I can give you a lift. It's no trouble.'
'Uh, no thanks. I better not.'
He looked nice enough, and in all her twelve years she'd never met anyone dangerous or crazy, but she'd been warned many times about strangers . . .

Reeve LeClaire is not a victim. Not any more.
It's been seven years since she escaped from evil psychopath, Daryl Wayne Flint. He held her captive for four of her precious teenage years, and now she's finally getting her life back.
But Flint, imprisoned in a top psychiatric hospital, has been watching and waiting -meticulously planning his getaway. And now his chance has finally come.
His escape is Reeve's worst nightmare. As he persistently evades capture, baffling authorities and leaving a bloody trail through the forests of Washington State, Reeve is hit by a fearful realization: She will have to face her kidnapper one last time.
His perfect victim. His little cricket.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 26mm | 553g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed
  • 1447230728
  • 9781447230724

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Part sophisticated forensic thriller, part creepy psychological romp, this book is one heck of a ride, with a brilliant heroine who takes recovery to a whole new level. One gets the sense Norton knows her characters will raise goosebumps on your arms--and revels in it. Combined with a relentless plot, a superb cast and truly chilling portrayal of evil, this book will keep you up long after you close the cover. A fresh, sophisticated voice in the genre, Carla Norton is one to watch -- J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of WHAT LIES BEHIND Clear your schedules and turn off your phones--Carla Norton has written a terrific thriller! Relentlessly suspenseful, psychologically astute and diabolically clever--I could not put it down -- Hank Philippi Ryan, award winning author of TRUTH BE TOLD Norton has written a nail-biter * People Magazine * Carla Norton's debut is guaranteed to keep you up until the small hours * Good Housekeeping * Told with exceptional insight, and a Hitchcock-like capacity for suspense, it shows Norton could become one of the finest female thriller writers of her generation * Daily Mail * What stands out about this debut novel is the thoughtful and unhistrionic treatment of a difficult theme * Guardian * Brilliant. A perfect blend of literary style, psychological insight and edge-of-seat thriller -- Jeffery Deaver
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About Carla Norton

Carla Norton is the author of the Number One New York Times non-fiction bestseller, Perfect Victim: The True Story of the Girl in the Box and the true crime book Disturbed Ground. She was awarded a Royal Palm Literary Award for best unpublished mystery for The Edge of Nomal. She served as the special sections editor for the San Jose Mercury News and has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, including The Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Chronicle. She has an MFA from Goddard College and has twice served as a judge for the Edgar Awards. The Edge of Normal is her debut novel. Carla Norton lives in Florida.
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