How far would you go to keep your secrets?
Broadway actress, Melanie O’Shaughnessy and her new husband, Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Carlisle, lived on opposite ends of the country a good part of the year. With their latest projects completed, they leave work, fans, and the paparazzi behind to enjoy an overdue holiday vacation.
When a secret from Melanie’s past brings the celebration to a horrifying halt, Melanie fears a public scandal. What she doesn’t realize, is someone in her life is masterminding a plan for murder.
The longer they waited, the more difficult it was to get close to Melanie O’Shaughnessy.
He wanted the half-million dollars he'd been promised. The measly five hundred dollars he had received so far was a joke. What a fool he was for agreeing to wait on payment until after he finished the job. More importantly, he needed to satisfy the tingling sensation in his chest, fingers and jaw. At one time, he feared the sensation was the onset of a heart attack. Now he understood it indicated a desire to inflict pain on others. The last fourteen months fueled that desire.
He arrived at the diner and sat across from his client. The small talk annoyed him even though this client was also a close friend.
The tingling sensation was intense. “I want to execute the plan now. No more delays.”
“Do you have a plan in mind?”
“Of course I do,” he snapped. “She has dinner with her friends every Tuesday night. On the way home, she passes an alley. I‘m going to wait for her there.”
“What makes you so sure she'll walk? It's been a cold December. She could take a cab.”
He sucked his cheek in annoyance. “She has eaten in the same restaurant with the same group of friends for the past year. When the evening ends, she always walks home.”
“There’s one problem with your plan,” the client told him. “She and Ryan are spending the holidays in Pennsylvania.”
“Don’t be angry. I meant to tell you. It will be easier for you to handle matters once they leave New York. I can get close to her there.”
He considered this. “Easy would be nice.”
“I realize the enjoyment you get from tormenting people. Don’t do it this time. Stay away from her until you hear from me. She's destroyed my family. I do not want this plan to fail.”