It's the ultimate test of strategy and skill. The killer chooses each opponent carefully, learning each one's weaknesses. Every meticulously planned move is leading to a devastating checkmate. Because in this game, all the pretty pawns must die.
Elizabeth Gaines Ellis is an ordinary suburban wife and mother. That's what she tells herself as she flits between her realtor job, yoga class, and caring for her daughter, Chloe. But for months now, Elizabeth has worried that she's far from normal... that she's somehow the cause of a series of brutal, horrible deaths. Her mean-spirited boss. A bullying traffic cop. Her cheating husband. Elizabeth had reason to be angry with them all. She didn't mean for them to die.
"THE WORST BOOK I EVER READ"
Callie Cantrell has only fragmented memories of the car accident that killed her husband and son. One year later, she's still trying to start over, yet she can't shake her unease. Especially when former LA cop West Laughlin barges into her life, searching for his young nephew. At first he thinks Callie's lying about who she is and what she knows. But soon it's clear that Callie and West are linked by a killer who has bent others to his twisted will. The worst night of Callie's life was just the beginning of his vengeance. And when her turn comes again there will be no escape...
"Ruined by the reader - I wish I hadn't found..."
Twenty years ago, a fire ravaged the Dillinger family's old homestead, killing Judd Dillinger and crippling his girlfriend. Most people blamed a serial arsonist who'd been seen around town. But strange things are happening in Prairie Creek, Wyoming, again. Ira Dillinger, the family's wealthy patriarch, has summoned his children home for his upcoming wedding. Eldest son, Colton, and his siblings don't approve of their father's gold-digging bride-to-be. But someone is making his displeasure felt in terrifying ways, setting fires just like in the past. Only this time, there will be no survivors.
Twenty years ago, wild child Jessie Brentwood vanished from St. Elizabeth's high school. Most in Jessie's tight circle of friends believed she simply ran away. Few suspected that Jessie was hiding a shocking secret - one that brought her into the crosshairs of a vicious killer.
"Does it ever get to the point?"
When Liv Dugan ducks out of work for lunch, it's just an ordinary day. When she returns, she stumbles onto a massacre. All her colleagues at Zuma Software have been shot. Only luck has left Liv unscathed, and that might be running out.... Liv suspects the shootings are tied to her past - and to the package she recently received from her long-dead adoptive mother. Sensing she's being followed, Liv jumps into a stranger's car and orders him to drive. Her "hostage" complies, listening carefully as her story unwinds.
The branding iron glows in the moonlight as he presses the searing metal into his victim's flesh. She must wear the devil's sign, just like the others. He knows the curse that afflicts them - and he'll make sure they carry it to their graves....
Some refer to it as the Colony. To others, it’s a cult. But few locals in the Oregon coastal hamlet of Deception Bay have ever been invited to the inner sanctum of Siren Song. Even the sisters who live here, far from strangers who might recoil at their unnerving psychic abilities, don’t know all the terrors buried within its walls…
"The narrator ruined the audiobook!"
"Do unto others…" Carefully, he carves the words into their flesh. The victims are all young, brunette, pretty. But she's the one he really wants. The others are just a way to ease the rage that has festered for years, until the only thing that calms him is his knife slicing through skin… Detective September Rafferty - Nine to her friends - recognizes the artwork that arrives in the mail. She created it back in second grade. Now a killer's words are slashed across it in what looks like blood. He knows her.
"really good mystery"
Number one New York Times best-selling author Fern Michaels' Christmas anthologies have become a heartwarming holiday tradition, and this year, she is joined by fellow best-selling author Nancy Bush, for a powerhouse combination!
For two years, Justice Turnbull has paced his room at Halo Valley Security Hospital, planning to escape. Justice has a mission - one that began with a vicious murder two decades ago. And there are so many others who must be sent back to the hell that spawned them. Laura Adderley didn’t plan to get pregnant by her soon-to-be ex-husband, though she’ll do anything to protect her baby. But now reporter Harrison Frost is asking questions about the mysterious group of women who live at Siren Song lodge. Harrison hasn’t figured out Laura’s connection to the story yet.
"Best narrator ever!"
She senses their twisted desires before she meets them. It's as if fate is helping her stop these monsters from preying on others the way she was preyed upon. And after she has delivered brutal justice, she'll let the whole world see their guilt. The first victim - naked, bound, frozen to death - wore the note strung around his neck. Now there's another note - this one attached to Detective September Rafferty's own stepbrother. Stefan survives, but September is sure he knows more than he's saying. Someone is eliminating suspected sexual predators.
"Poorly narrated story"
Some refer to it as the Colony. To others, it’s a cult. But few locals in the Oregon coastal hamlet of Deception Bay have ever been invited to the inner sanctum of Siren Song. Even the sisters who live here, far from strangers who might recoil at their unnerving psychic abilities, don’t know all the terrors buried within its walls....
Elizabeth Gaines Ellis is an ordinary suburban wife and mother. That's what she tells herself as she flits between her Realtor job, yoga class, and caring for her daughter, Chloe. But for months now, Elizabeth has worried that she's far from normal - that she's somehow the cause of a series of brutal, horrible deaths.
Twenty years ago, wild child Jessie Brentwood vanished from St. Elizabeth’s high school. Most in Jessie’s tight circle of friends believed she simply ran away. Few suspected that Jessie was hiding a shocking secret - one that brought her into the crosshairs of a vicious killer.
"First time reader of Lisa Jackson - probably last."
Vor der Post in Oregon wird die nackte Leiche des Postboten gefunden. Um seinen Hals trägt er ein Schild mit den Worten "Ich muss für das bezahlen, was ich getan habe". Wenig später taucht ein weiterer nackter Mann auf, gefesselt, vor einer Grundschule. "Ich will, was ich nicht haben kann" steht auf dem Schild um seinen Hals. Dabei handelt es sich ausgerechnet um den Stiefbruder von Detective September Rafferty.
"Was sie zuvor mit mir getan, das tu ich jetzt den andern an" ritzt er ihnen in die nackte Haut, nachdem er sie vergewaltigt und stranguliert hat. Seine Opfer sind alle jung, hübsch, brünett - genau wie die eine, auf die er es abgesehen hat: Detective September Rafferty vom Laurelton Police Department, Oregon. Ihr schickt er eine ihrer Kinderzeichnungen, auf die er in blutroten Buchstaben seine tödliche Nachricht kritzelt. September versteht sofort, dass sie den Serienmörder offenbar aus Kindertagen kennt und er hinter ihr her ist - doch warum?
Weil sie verspätet aus der Mittagspause zurückkehrt, entgeht Liv um Haaresbreite einem Massaker an ihrem Arbeitsplatz. Doch galt der Anschlag wirklich der Firma, die Gerüchten zufolge für das US-Militär arbeitet? Liv befürchtet, dass sie das eigentliche Opfer hätte sein sollen. Sie vermutet einen Zusammenhang mit dem mysteriösen Päckchen, das sie vor wenigen Tagen aus dem Nachlass ihrer Adoptivmutter erhalten hat. In Panik kidnappt Liv den nächstbesten Wagen samt Fahrer. Dabei handelt es sich ausgerechnet um den Undercover-Detective August Rafferty.