Author: George A. Bernstein
Genre: Romantic Suspense
The darkness is still, silent. Jackee Maren’s heart pounds reverberating through her body as fear sears her veins. Someone’s coming. No way out. This time they will kill me. Her breath is short, her chest burns. Must run. Faster. Faster! Her eyes fly open, her heart still racing with blinding fear. Jackee breathes deeply with relief and stares at the ceiling desperately trying to calm herself. The same dream. Something, someone is watching… and waiting.
A tragic car accident leaves beautiful, vibrant Jackee Maren completely paralyzed, mentally alert but trapped in “Locked-in Syndrome,” able to move only her eyes. Jackee’s husband, Phil, is devastated and her two young boys left with nothing but a shell for a mother, but still, Jackee senses the foreboding of an evil presence and knows time is short.
Slowly, Jackee learns to communicate with her physical therapist, Kevin, by blinking her eyes. As evidence comes to light that her car accident was no accident, Jackee knows she must expose the person who wants her dead before they get a second chance.
While Jackee works her mind to put all the clues together, she discovers she has the ability to sense the thoughts of others, but she hides this talent from everyone but her sons, not knowing whom she can trust. By actively exercising her new psychic ability, Jackee finally learns who masterminded the accident but seems helpless to stop them from trying to kill her again.
Slowly a psychic plan forms to not only ensure her boys are safe forever, but to exact revenge on her would-be murderer. Jackee vows not to rest until this would-be-killer understands what it is to be TRAPPED! But she must hurry, with only a year to live.
Jackee gets into a car accident, but she’s relatively unharmed, some scars the only remnant of that faithful night. However, a few months later, when she goes into surgery, she ends up trapped in her own body. All she can do is blink. Suffering from depression, Jackee isn’t sure if she even wants to be alive anymore, if this is all life has in store for her from now on.
Her husband Phil brings her home and arranges the best possible care for her. However, soon after, it becomes obvious that Phil’s intentions aren’t as good as they may seem. Jackee feels more and more connected to her physical therapist, and when Phil brings his mistress home to live with them, Jackee must face truths she wished she’d never have to face.
The characters were great. I loved Jackee; she was resilient, brave and strong. Phil was a douchebag, sure, but he played the villain role well. The love interest was a little tame, but the secondary characters were in general quite all right.
Plot-wise, the book was certainly intriguing. I kept guessing on what would happen next, and although I’d hoped for this particular ending, it still ended up surprising me.
A great read with a good plot and characters.