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Annabelle “Annie” Alley was turning into a beautiful, younger version of her mother, Kaitlin. All of the Alley women looked alike. Both Annie and Kaitlin were well-known authors, and Annie’s famous FBI series had the critics singing her praises. Not many realized that her books were an honest portrayal of her baby sister’s life.

Annie finds herself in New York in the middle of winter for an awards dinner and a book signing. She is homesick, and misses her husband and children. She’s counting the days until the twins’ Spring Break when they would fly to Belize to spend time with her family. Warm tropical breezes sounded like heaven — especially in the freezing, pelting rain on the cold and lonely street heading to Barnes and Noble. No wonder her Mama refused to come back to New York in the winter.

As she walked, she had the creepy feeling that someone was following her. She heard the echo of footsteps and every so often, she saw a huge shadow behind her. On the way back to the motel, she let her fear prod her into running. Suddenly, from behind her, a large hand covered with a sickly sweet dampness closed over her face. She realized that she hadn’t been paranoid after all. Her mother’s abduction was repeating itself. Her last thoughts were of her husband and her babies…

Victoria Van Haven, an old enemy of Kaitlin’s, convinced her younger son to hold the Alley woman for ransom to save the family’s empire. In reality, Victoria just wanted Katie dead. She wanted her to pay for her older son’s death. What she didn’t know was that her son would abduct the wrong Alley!

Shelly, a surgeon and former FBI agent, her husband, Michelle, and their old unit are called back to action to go after Annie in Madrid. Fighting impossible odds, they manage to save Annie and bring her back home.

Van Haven remains determined to exact her revenge, and continues harass the family — taking both Annie and her mother hostage with the aid of her criminal connections. None of them could have guessed at the terror Annie’s sister, Shell, and the rest of her family would rain down on them.

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