Ellison deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Lisa Gardner and Tess Gerritsen. Her latest novel examines life after experiencing a traumatic event while also ripping raw the feelings of grief, fear and loneliness. Ellison is a genius and should be mandatory reading for any thriller aficionado.
After suffering head injuries in her encounter with a killer, Taylor struggles to move on with her life. She’s lost the ability to speak and feels herself slipping away from the man she loves. Realizing she needs a change to jump-start her recovery, she agrees to visit Memphis Highsmythe in Scotland.
Highsmythe has strong feelings for Taylor and tries not to interfere while she recuperates. He promises to leave her alone, but he forgets to mention that the castle is haunted. Taylor is haunted herself, but can she handle all the pressure amidst strange surroundings and survive? (MIRA, Oct., 368 pp., $14.95)