Gentry is a trial consultant in Tucson, Arizona. Calla has
pretty much forfeited her own life and well being to take care of
her beloved sister Amaryllis who she calls Amy. Calla lives
her life now dressing in drab clothes, not bothering about her hair
or her make-up. Her main goal in life is to keep working, stay
a step ahead of her bill collectors and somehow manage to keep her
sister Amy in a good nursing facility rather than to transfer her to
a state institution. Beautiful fun-loving Amy was brutally
attacked and raped and left for dead in a motel in Nogales.
Somehow Amy managed to call Calla who came and picked her up.
Although Amy refused to file a police report Calla did insist on
taking her to the hospital. Amy's nightmares and depression
became worse and worse until she finally made an attempt at suicide
which left her in a coma, unable to speak or communicate in any
Calla has refused all assignments from her boss that
involves criminal cases but has come to a point where she can no
longer refuse. Jessica, her boss, has insisted that she work
on the case of Raymond Cates, a wealthy land-owner's son, who has
been accused of rape and murder. Working on the Cates case has
brought back all the memories of Amy's attack and Calla can't put
them out of her mind. She begins to believe that Cates may be
her sister's attacker.
Calla's friend Selena and her brother
Enrique have agreed to try and help her. Enrique, a law
enforcement officer, comes up with names of other victims that have
been victims of similar attacks. Enrique also introduces Calla
to Tonio Strike, a private investigator, who agrees to try and help
sort out what happened so long ago.
As Calla sorts through
Amy's belongings left undisturbed since the attack she is faced with
knowing that Amy may not have been telling her the whole truth about
the incident. Although Calla's suspicions keep taking her back
to Cates as the offender as she meets and talks with other women who
have been attacked new names and more information come to light and
Calla is more confused than ever.
I don't want to give away
anything else but I am sure you will find the book a very fast read
and quite enjoyable. Selena runs the Alphabet
Restaurant. She picks a letter of the day and several things
that start with that letter are the only thing on the menu for that
day. As you can imagine the menus are quite different and not
at all like your usual restaurant fare. Aunt Giulia who raised
Calla and Amaryllis after the death of their parents is also an
interesting character. She works for a newspaper and designs
cross-word puzzles for extra money. The vivid
descriptions of the landscape and life-styles in Arizona added a lot
to the book.
I feel this is one of the best books I've read
this year and would certainly highly recommend it.
BY PATRICIA E. REID
DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE
REVIEWER, PATRICIA E.