by Tina Wainscott

October 2004
ISBN: 0-312-98424-3
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
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Dr. Rita Brooks is a psychologist specializing in phobic disorders. Her childhood was not ideal, with a distant father and an absent mother; Rita has a few hang-ups of her own. She was good at helping others, so why couldnít she help herself? Then she meets Brian La Porte online. They slowly develop a friendship and Rita is ready to open herself to the possibility of falling in love. Then Brian disappears without any word and she is involved in a car accident that leaves her in a coma for 4 days. What she doesnít know is that Brian was also in a coma at the same time. When he suddenly appears to her in the "gray place", a limbo where souls go before they pass on to the next life or they return, Rita realizes that there is something he needs her to know, but she canít figure out what it is. The only thing she has to go on is the name Sira. The only way to get answers was for her to go to New Orleans during Mardi Gras and find out what really happened to Brian La Porte.

Christopher La Porte is Brianís younger brother. He has always been the "bad son". When his brother suddenly commits suicide, the only clues he has are emails from the mysterious Rita. Showing up on her doorstep and demanding that she tell him what she did to drive Brian to jump off his own roof was probably not the best way to get answers. When she suddenly starts talking about murder, he is convinced that she is just crazy. After all, who would want to kill his brother? With a killer on the loose and a growing attraction, Christopher and Rita must face their fears and battle the demons that hold them back from finding love.

What She Doesnít Know is a suspenseful, tense drama of intrigue and deception. Ms. Wainscott does a wonderful job of keeping you in suspense about the true identity of the killer. With surprising twists and turns, this reviewer wasnít disappointed. My only quibble is that the end was rather abrupt and you really donít know what happened to the killer, was justice served or should Rita and Christopher continue looking over their shoulders? Despite the ending, What She Doesnít Know is a good read.

Reviewed in September 2004 by Carolyn.

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