Zebra, Jul 1 2010, $6.99
In Tillamook County, Oregon psychologist Claire Norris provides counseling to clients at Halo Valley Security Hospital. She does her best to be there for her patients as she personally never moved on from when one of clients paranoid schizophrenic Heywood Marsden III killed his girlfriend, Melody Stone, in front of her and tried to kill her too.
At a rest stop, someone kills Rafe and tries to remove the baby from Tasha’s womb, but failed; Tasha is left in a catatonic state at Laurelton General’s Hospital. Claire accepts the woman as a patient. The late Melody’s brother Police detective Langdon Stone leads the official investigation. Like herself, he blames Claire for his sister’s homicide. However as their mutual disregard turns ardently heated the cop and the doctor team up to prevent another murder from occurring.
This is a fast-paced thriller with a great late twist, but at times slows down with an extremely deep profound look at a psychopath’s obsessive compulsive behavior; in this case pregnant women and mothers. Claire is terrific as she tries to help her patients even when the law and her bosses warn her to back down or else. Although the romantic subplot seems over the top of Rogers Peak as the lead pair has a tragic history, fans will enjoy this exciting action-packed thriller.