A murderer is reigning terror upon the city streets, but this villain is almost a folk hero. His victims are only those who have driven their abused wives to seek the shelter offered by Rachel's House, a center for battered women. Despite the fact that only scum is dying, the police are involved, and strongly suspect that the head of Rachel's House, Regan Keller, might be the Avenger.
Regan finds an ally in her struggle in the new handyman, Alex Edwards, who was sent by her benefactress, Lillian Court, to repair the roof. Little does she know that he is actually Lillian's son, a professional trouble shooter, sent to keep an eye on things and help Regan. Little time passes before the attraction between them begins to melt ice, and Alex begins to get past all of the defenses Regan has put up to keep from letting anyone, especially a man, into her heart. Love may have to wait though. The Avenger's body count rises quickly, and soon, not even the innocent are safe.
... Realistically frightening, this novel presents a paradox for the reader. While the Avenger's cause is one that is easy to understand, the danger posed is terrifying. Regan and Alex's passion is one to warm the chilly nights and the bones that have begun to run cold with the well written terror. You will not be able to put this one down once you start...
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.