By Jason Starr
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312387068, 336pp.)
Publication Date: August 4, 2009
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An intruder, a desperate struggle, a family under siege: This is Jason Starr's most provocative and suspenseful novel to date.
Dr. Adam Bloom has the perfect life. He's financially secure and lives in a luxurious house with his wife, Dana, and their twenty-two-year-old daughter, Marissa, a recent college graduate. Late one night, his daughter wakes him up and says, "Somebody's downstairs." Adam uses his gun to kill one of the unarmed intruders, but the other escapes. From that moment on, everyone's life in the Bloom household will never be the same.
Adam doesn't feel safe, not with the other intruder out there somewhere, knowing where he lives. Dana suggests moving, but Adam has lived in the house all his life and he doesn't want to run away. As the family recovers from the break-in and the Blooms' already rocky relationship rapidly falls apart, Marissa meets a young, talented artist named Xan. Adam feels that something's not quite right with Xan, but his daughter ignores his warnings and falls deeply in love with him. When suspicious things start happening to the Blooms all over again, Adam realizes that his first instinct about Xan was probably dead on.
With Panic Attack, Jason Starr is at his best, crafting a harrowing page-turner that will blow readers away.
JASON STARR is the multi-award-winning author of nine previous books, including The Follower and Lights Out, and an original graphic novel, The Chill. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.
This is the ultimate page-turner---a thriller that brilliantly blends psychological and physical suspense. It's rare that you get either one in a book, but Jason Starr delivers them both in spades.
Panic Attack is that rare thing---a novel that manages to be both flat-out terrifying and completely brilliant. Jason Starr's prose is as taut, vicious, relentless, and elegant as a jeweled hand tightening around your throat. Even as it has you gasping, you can't help but appreciate the grip. If there is such a thing as the perfect thriller, Starr has just written it. The ending alone will have you breathing in paper bags for a week.
Fast-moving, psychologically astute, and 100 percent chilling.