From Publishers Weekly
In this tightly plotted debut thriller, seasoned FBI profiler John Geary teams up with young detective Amy Cardoza to track down a particularly clever killer. As the title suggests, the story takes place over five days, starting when Emily Parker, devoted wife and mother of three, disappears without a trace from a supermarket parking lot in Cape Cod. Precious hours are wasted as Emily's husband Will tries to convince the local police to waive the 24-hour waiting period for missing persons and start looking for his wife. But when John, now retired and writing a book on serial killers who were never caught, identifies a connection between Emily's kidnapper and a killer who resurfaces every seven years, the search shifts into high gear. Pepper wisely restrains from giving the killer his own voice and instead focuses on the frustration and anguish that Emily's family must cope with, as well as the entertaining dynamic between the veteran behavioralist John and his smart, gutsy partner, Amy. Although the final showdown smacks of an action-packed B-movie (with Will and his son David, both skilled in aikido, facing off against the killer), Pepper's finely drawn characterizations and taut, clean storytelling make this an enjoyable read.
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SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE RIGHT BACK...
Before the long drive home from vacation on Cape Cod, Emily Parker made a quick run to the grocery store...and disappeared.
her car is found abandoned in the parking lot, her husband, Will, turns
to a retired FBI profiler named John Geary for help.
family scours the Cape for her, Emily's thoughts are not on her own
safety. Kept helpless in a madman's lair, she watches him prepare a
five-day countdown that will bring him to his real victim--her young
son.USA TODAY and International Bestseller
- "Mesmerizing...Your heart will be pounding long after you've turned the final page." --Lisa Gardner
- "I put Five Days in Summer aside only once...to make sure my doors were locked." --Barbara Parker
- "A gripping, poignant portrait of an innocent family caught in a nightmare of evil." --Anne Frazier
Days has it all--an attractive female detective, a crusty FBI profiler,
and the scariest killer you'll never want to meet." --Leslie Glass
- "Strikes terror into a lazy summer day." --Donna Anders