The person who gave me this book said that it was "better than A James Patterson Novel" and they were right. It had all of the things that keep you on the edge of your seat but bad things don't happen to good people. Although you THINK the worst is going to happen, the Author has a talented way of scaring the bejesus out of you without the gore. This was the first Jeffrey Deaver Novel that I have read and I am now looking for more. The characters are clever and real.I highly recommend it.