By Jan Burke
Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781439152843, 354pp.
Publication Date: June 21, 2011
Despite her reporter's nose for trouble, Irene Kelly's life has almost returned to normal--the Las Piernas News Express wobbles along in defiance of its financial woes, and with the help of her husband, Frank, and a good therapist, she's recovered from the debilitating post-traumatic stress disorder that haunted her after her near-fatal encounter with notorious serial killer Nick Parrish. Until she receives some unwelcome news: Parrish, once thought permanently paralyzed by the injuries he sustained fleeing recapture, is walking again. And the rumor among the Moths, Parrish's online fan club, is that he's coming after Irene.
Suddenly Irene is on the other end of the microphone, being hounded by the media for interviews and plied with questions she'd hoped never to have to answer again. She tries to believe that she is safe from Parrish, who is imprisoned in a maximum security facility, and that the growing stream of threats from the Moths is all just talk. But an unnerving prank soon lets her know that someone, at least, wants her to be afraid. And when a young woman's body turns up in the trunk of a car near her home--naked, frozen solid, and decorated from head to toe in elaborately painted moths--it becomes clear that Irene will once again find herself pitted against a brutal murderer. She knows the twisted hunter who is stalking her all too well . . . or does she?
“Burke is among the most reliable performers in the thriller genre. . . . She’s in top form with this shrewd blending of nightmarish suspense and taut police procedural.”—San Diego Union-Tribune
"In Disturbance, Burke has written another nail-biting, adrenaline-pumping, heart-stopping novel that will have her readers wondering how Irene Kelly will ever survive this viper's nest."—Dayton Daily News
"It doesn't get more suspenseful than this superb thriller. Jan Burke's villains, more terrified of each other than of anyone else, will stick in the reader's mind. Grade: A-"—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Burke shows a wickedly realistic touch in her villains—killer Parrish and his three sons, who all but define ‘dysfunctional family.’”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Tautly written and suspenseful . . . Irene [is] a strong, likable protagonist.”—Booklist