by Dinah McCall

May 2001
ISBN: 1-55166-808-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

The phone rings. She picks up, but no one is there. She hears music and the sound of thunder. She hangs up in a trance. Minutes later, she is dead.

That writing on the back of the book sent shivers down my spine and I have to say, the book followed through with its promise.

Ginny Shapiro stares at a picture of seven smiling schoolgirls from the exclusive Montgomery Academy. Six of them are dead, now Ginny is the only one left. One of the girls, a nun, sent Ginny a warning before she died, hearing thunder and walking in a trance to the bridge where she plunged to her death. Fearing for her life, she flees St. Louis.

FBI agent Sullivan Dean has the same picture and the same warning. Sister Mary had been his best friend`s sister. Now she was dead. And the trail leads him right to Ginny Shapiro, who was staying in Mississippi where few could find her.

Scared for her life, Ginny doesn`t know who to trust or where to turn, but with every ring of the phone, she can feel her doom getting closer. But now she faces another kind of danger in the FBI agent that shows up at her door. Sully is something like she had ever seen before. Sex and danger and safety all at the same time.

In a race against time, they try to find the answer which is locked deep within Ginny`s mind. But death is just around the corner for her, and they know it`s only a matter of time before the phone rings.

This is a chilling book, filled with the world of mind control by hypnosis. I couldn't put it down - the suspense alone kept me going. Ginny was a bit naive to be believable as a reporter, but she was a good character just the same. And Sully was a bit light tempered to be an FBI agent, but those were really the only flaws I saw in the story. The end of the story was a good one, where all the strings are tied up and no loose ends.

Reviewed in September 2002 by Lucy.

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