Dinah McCall serves up a thriller with a little different beat. STORM WARNING has the reader wondering if this could really happen and lets your imagination take over from there, similar to John Saul's GUARDIAN.
Seven girls who attended a gifted class when they were very young in 1979 are suddenly committing suicide with no warning and under very bizarre circumstances - each receive a phone call and become entranced and kill themselves. When Ginny Shapirio, an investigative reporter, realizes she's the only one left from this class, she begins to wonder. She receives a letter of warning from Sister Mary Theresa (her best friend) warning her not to answer the phone. Sister Mary Theresa has linked their classmates' deaths to a phone call right before their demise. However, Sister Mary Theresa dies before the letter is received and Ginny flees to try to save herself - but from what or whom she's not certain.
FBI agent Sullivan Dean, finds Ginny, and tries to help. It's a convoluted chain of friendships that gets Dean involved, but once you figure that out, you understand his drive. Ginny and Dean strive to figure out why these suicides happened, and what can be done to stop the "trigger" from setting off Ginny.
Character development is excellent. McCall creates a vibrant victim in Ginny - she's smart, attractive, and a strong female. Dean is also robust and the perfect match to compliment Ginny. Thrown in is a Nobel-winning doctor (Emile Karnoff) who is a bit eccentric but believes in his theory of using hypnosis to heal. Emile comes with his crazy son and doting wife (she thrives on keeping everything tidy).
The plot line is a bit farfetched, but fun. To spice up the thriller side of the story, a good dose of romance is tossed in for good measure. STORM WARNING is a perfect blend of thriller and romance. Dinah McCall (AKA Sharon Sala) is definitely an author to peruse. I've enjoyed all of her books that I've read to date and STORM WARNING is at the top of that list!