Lapped by he gentle waters of Locust Lake, the small resort town of Tranquility, Maine, seems like the perfect spot for Dr. Claire Elliot to shelter her adolescent son, Noah, from the distractions of the big city and the lingering memory of his father’s death. But with the first snap of winter comes shocking news that puts her practise on the line: a teenage boy under her care has committed an appalling act of violence. And as Claire and all of Tranquility soon discover, it is just the start of a chain of lethal outbursts among the town’s teenagers.
As the rash of disturbing behavior grows, Claire uncovers a horrifying secret: this is not the first time it has happened. Twice a century,the children of Tranquility lash out with deadly violence. Claire suspects that there is a biological cause for the epidemic, and she fears that the placid Locust Lake may conceal an insidious danger. As she races to save Tranquility — and her son — from harm, Claire discovers an even greater threat: a shocking conspiracy to manipulate nature, and turn innocents to slaughter.
This thriller was just what I needed to give myself a break from YA dystopian fantasy! It was smart, quick, interesting, a little bit scary, and I found that I could not put it down! The characters were well developed and the plot moved along quickly. I was surprised by the outcome and pleased that I fell for all of author Gerritsen’s traps and tricks along the way. I read this on my Kindle but, for reasons that I cannot explain, I really wanted this in paperback. Leave a comment and let me know if you enjoyed this as much as I did!