This is not a romance by definition, though it isn't without love lost and won. The monster in this thriller is the scariest kind. He's charming, good-looking, shrewd, and broken. His victim, Kate, wrangled my admiration from the first page. Her courage, her perseverance, was boggling, but believable in her reactions. I was constantly asking myself, "Could I do that? Would I be brave enough?" I'm so glad she wasn't the whimpering pitiful thing many of us would be in her situation. But at the same time, you knew she was just barely hanging on. The complexity of the story, the way Elsborg wove the back stories of the characters, and the intelligent execution of suspense and horror showcases her versatility as a writer. She leaves you guessing throughout, a crumb here, a nugget there, and just when you're snapping your fingers, she twists it again. This is a must read for thriller fans.