Copeland is also dealing with memories of the night, decades earlier, when a nighttime camp adventure ended in the disappearance of several campers, including his sister. Two bodies were found and attributed to the “Summer Slasher,” and two others ( including his sister) were never found but assumed murdered. A recent corpse causes Copeland to rethink all that he remembers, and he begins searching for a truth that seems to elude him.
The supporting characters in this well written novel, a long lost summer love, an ace investigator and an eccentric witness, help to enrich the story and the courtroom scenes definitely kept me involved. I did find the story a bit more predictable than his other thrillers. Coben’s twist endings are often the high point of his books, and this book lacked that wow factor. Of course it was written over a decade ago, and most writers improve as they continue in their career.
I will say that Harlan Coben in less-than-top form is still better than most thriller writers on their best days, so I can easily recommend this book as an addition to your library.
Publisher - Dutton/Penguin
Date of Publication - 2007