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In this chilling tale of serial killers on the loose from bestseller Fielding (Now You See Her), Valerie Rowe and two Manhattan friends decide at the last minute to head up to the Lodge at Shadow Creek in the Adirondacks to celebrate her 40th birthday. Accompanying them are Val's 16-year-old daughter, Brianne, by her soon-to-be-divorced philanderer of a husband, Evan, and Evan's fiancee, Jennifer. Evan, whom Val still sort of loves, is unable to join them because of business in the city. Val's ill feelings toward Jennifer and her constant verbal sparring with rebellious Brianne add tension, especially after Brianne goes missing, and the odd assortment of campers move from the lodge to tents. The suspense rises as a pair of serial killers, who gleefully dispatched an elderly couple at their isolated Adirondacks cabin in the prologue, seek more victims. The intricate, twisty plot builds to an explosive climax. Agent: Tracy Fisher, WME Entertainment. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Val is in no mood for a camping trip she's having a hard time dealing with her bratty teenage daughter, Brianne, and she's working through her feelings for her estranged husband. Still, Val and her two best friends somehow end up chauffeuring Brianne and Jennifer, her soon-to-be-ex's new girlfriend, upstate to the Adirondacks. It's tense, to say the least Val caught her husband cheating on her with Jennifer. When they arrive late to the resort, they all get stuck in the same room. The ensuing fight, ending in Brianne running away, causes the motley group to get kicked out of the hotel. They're forced to seek accommodations at a nearby campground, which would be bad enough, but it gets worse a pair of bloodthirsty killers is on the loose. Sounds campy, and several of the characters are pretty stock (the flaming former Broadway dancer best friend, Val's cheating ex, Brianne's box-of-rocks boyfriend), but Fielding manages to keep the tension (and plenty of gore) ramped up throughout this fact-paced novel of suspense.--Vnuk, Rebecca Copyright 2010 Booklist