This truly gripping series is soon coming to an end. With the release of this novel, readers find themselves only one book away from realizing the ultimate ending that the amazing Stephen White has in mind for his much-beloved character, Alan Gregory.
Clinical Psychologist, Alan Gregory, is besieged by the weight of his world, and the ‘new path’ he begins to walk down is completely unexpected. Wildfires are burning in the hills of Boulder, Colorado where Alan calls home, and the eyes of all citizens are watching the reports minute by minute to see if they’ll have to evacuate.
Alan not only has this issue and his family’s safety to worry about, but he’s also struggling with a horrible secret that he and his friend, Police Detective Sam Purdy share – a secret that could end Sam’s police career and cost Alan his reputation.
When it comes to his private life, Alan has also seen things crumble around him over the past few years. From the death of his neighbor to his wife’s illness, things have been more than difficult. Now, with the forest fires consuming everything around him, it seems to be a fitting image for Alan who feels his own destruction nipping at his heels.
The path to destruction comes from all directions: One of Alan’s patients suffers an attack and dies; his good friend Diane has come to a point in her life where she’s about to suffer a nervous breakdown; and Alan has taken on a new patient who’s not only odd but shows Alan how incredibly vulnerable he is when it comes to this patient’s agenda
Suddenly, out of the blue, a witness comes forward and forces police to reopen an investigation into the probable suicide of a woman who was a friend of Sam’s. Alan is frightened beyond belief that this old case will make all the things he loves – family, friends and reputation – explode into a million pieces leaving him with nothing.
Readers will watch – at times, completely mystified – as the careers of Alan and Sam begin to unravel. This is truly a perfect lead-in to what is sure to be a ‘final act’ of epic proportions for Stephen White’s popular cast of characters.
Until Next Time, Everybody.
(For Suspense Magazine)