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Author(s): Barbara Winkes

To save your life…would you trust a stranger with your secret?

Disillusioned with the direction her life is going, Marsha Taylor wants to get away, to find out what’s left of her dreams. Picking up a hitchhiker along the way wasn’t her intention, but Jessie, a woman with troubles of her own, is hard to resist.

A mishap on the road forces them to make a stop in a small town called Diamond Lake. Residents are on edge since a brutal murder happened in the area not long ago. Everyone has their secrets…some of them are deadly.


“For all you know, I could be a serial killer preying on unsuspecting, should I say, ‘naïve’, hitchhikers.”

Jessie regarded her intently, long enough to make Marsha uncomfortable. “You’re a good person,” she said.

“There are some people who would beg to differ.”

“Then they don’t know you.”

You do? “I thought you weren’t going to say a word until we’re there,” Marsha reminded her.

Jessie shrugged, unimpressed, already checking out the CDs in the glove compartment. “I kept your money, by the way. I figured we might get a snack along the way.”

“You’d like to drive too? Never mind,” Marsha said quickly when the look Jessie gave her was all too eager.

* * * *

It had been a long time since he’d last seen something interesting for breakfast. He debated his choices, unsure. He hated that feeling. Normally, he made his decision quick, acting fast, no mistakes. He’d been unusually sloppy and distracted the last time. That couldn’t happen again.

Today, the menu looked interesting. He had to weigh the risk and the challenge. Looks could be deceiving. He had excellent people skills, could peel away the layers of a person’s façade and expose their weaknesses. On occasion, he had peeled away some skin too. The memory made his heart beat faster.

There were four women in the room. He’d identified the waitress’ car easily by the pacifier in the window, children’s clothes in the back. She’d be missed right away. Too dangerous. There was the woman with the husband towering over her--no. He’d miss her if only for having no more punching bag and might assume that she’d run away from him. He drank his café au lait slowly, leisurely, regarding the woman who was sitting by herself in the corner. Not an easy treat, he was certain. Her stance revealed wariness. She was observing the room just as much as he was. The only difference was that she was trying to identify a threat. He was looking for a kill. She was alone.

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ISBN (Print): 9781629290669
ISBN (Electronic): 9781629290652
Genre: GLBT
Date Published: 11/01/2013
Publisher: Eternal Press

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