A killer is circling Rachel Moore’s life waiting for the perfect moment to attack.
Dr. Andrew King is seeking redemption for a past he can’t forget.
Rachel and Andrew are forced to face a killer seeking his final act of revenge.
Patient Services VP Rachel Moore’s professional life is threatened when attacks at Mercy Hospital put adolescent psychiatric patients in danger. With the help of the police, Rachel takes action, but when the investigation comes up empty Rachel's motives are questioned due to what appears to be her inaction where the children are concerned. Midnight phone calls, and angry parents create a backdrop for the murder of a woman in the basement of the hospital. When an attempt is made on Rachel’s life, she is forced to choose: let down her guard and allow a stranger to help her, or risk another attack on her life.
Dr. Andrew King is not exactly a stranger, but he doesn’t meet the qualifications for man of the year either. Andrew's past includes the death of his wife during which he was investigated for his involvement.
Those responsible for the deaths at Mercy Hospital plant false evidence leading police to consider Andrew as a possible suspect.
Meanwhile the killer is in the perfect position to kill again...unless Rachel and Andrew can expose who at Mercy Hospital is carrying out a deadly plan designed to destroy everything Rachel has ever loved and cared for in her life.
My name is Rachel Moore. My life began in a hospital, and I swear that someday I’m going to make my escape from institutions like this one. Certainly not today, but one day soon.
Looking down the back slope of forty, my most meaningful relationship is with my retirement savings plan—my ticket out of here when the nest egg is plump enough.
My dream occupation is to eat chocolates, go to spas and spend my days searching out the best antiques for my two-story, center-hall Georgian home I’ve mortgaged my life to own.
Meanwhile, back at reality central I’m the VP responsible for all patient care services at Mercy Hospital. In other words, I’m the go-to-gal for most in the building.
Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do for a living; really, I do.
My state of mind isn’t helped much by the fact that I was yanked awake last night, not once, but twice by some idiot who had the audacity to call my number way past my bedtime.
The first time it happened, I was feeling pretty generous and forgiving, even though he didn’t offer an apology or say anything for that matter… Weird. Even weirder, it was the third night in the past week I’d received one. After the second call last night I got up and showered because sleep was out of the question.
Weirdos aside, what really has me caressing my worry beads this morning is the teenager discovered wandering in the basement of our hospital four days ago. Melissa Matthews managed to leave the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit without anyone on the unit being aware of it. I’ve arranged for a member of hospital security to be posted around the clock outside the unit until I get a chance to discuss this with Dr. Carson. It’s not that I’m expecting another adolescent to catch the wander bug; I need to reassure the parents of the other adolescents in the unit that we are looking out for their teenagers.
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About the Author
Stella loves sitting down at her computer and tapping away at the keyboard, as her fantasy life comes alive on the page. She gets to do whatever she wants with her characters, have them say whatever she wants them to say…all those things she's never been clever enough to say in real life.
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