When a deranged mother's grief drives her to replace her dead son over and over, obsession leads to murder...
Chicago detective Jessica Donavan will never stop looking for her missing daughter. Her obsession has destroyed her marriage, but the search is the only thing that helps keep her sane and her mind off of everything she’s lost—her husband and her baby girl. When she uncovers a string of unsolved disappearances and reappearances of a number of baby boys, Jessica turns to her soon to be ex, Dante Russo, a former Navy SEAL turned investigator for the private agency, CORE, to help her fit together the pieces in this perplexing puzzle. But as Dante helps her, she realizes just how much she still craves his support—and his touch.
Dante is still in love with his wife and would do anything to have her back in his life again. He’s been miserable since she left him to deal with the grief over their daughter’s abduction, never understanding how much he grieves as well. When Jessica tells him about the case she’s working, he jumps at the chance to take part in her investigation. He's hoping not only to save their marriage and ease his personal pain over the loss of their daughter, but to stop a serial kidnapper from taking another victim.
As Jessica and Dante work side by side, pregnant women begin to turn up missing or dead, and they start to uncover the consequences of another woman's unfathomable grief. The childless mother doesn’t just want a baby. She wants a newborn straight from the womb.
And when forced to confront the dark and twisted perversion of a mother's obsession, can Jessica and Dante find their lives again…or merely more death?
Excerpt (Villain’s POV)
Wayne looked over to Mr. Independent. The child had spaghetti sauce all over his face and a couple small pieces of noodles on his cheek. The boy grinned. “Daddy eat ‘pasgetti, too.”
His stomach turned and he lost interest in his meal. He’d come to love this one more than the others, and had foolishly hoped Dimples would change her mind about him. As much as he loved babies, too, he’d also have loved to watch his boy grow up, teach him how to throw a ball, ride a bike, about girls, how to shave. His stomach too nauseous to eat, he pushed the plate of spaghetti aside.
“Now, hon, you knew this day would come. It always does.” Dimples looked to the boy she’d raised for two years and gave him a smile. “Elton, tell your daddy you’re ready to go.”
“We go bye-bye,” the boy said, picking up a handful of spaghetti. “We go park and play.”
“No park,” she said, and used her napkin to wipe sauce off his nose. “It’s late and the park is closed. But heaven is always open to God’s children.”
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Kristine Mason didn’t pick up her first romance novel until she was in her late twenties. Immediately hooked, she read a bazillion books before deciding to write one of her own. After the birth of her first son she needed something to keep her mind from turning to mush, and Sesame Street wasn’t cutting it. While that first book will never see the light of day, something good came from writing it. She realized her passion and found a career she loves.
When she’s not writing contemporary romances and dark, romantic suspense novels (or reading them!) she’s chasing after her four kids and two neurotic dogs.