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‘Solitude Creek’ is outstanding thriller by Jeffery Deaver

“Solitude Creek” (Grand Central Publishing), by Jeffery Deaver

What begins as a fun outing for a mother and her daughter turns terrifying in “Solitude Creek,” Jeffery Deaver’s latest thriller.

They go to a small concert venue that brings in popular music acts. During the show, smoke and cries of fire create a panic. There’s no fire, but people die in the ensuing stampede, and many are injured.

California Bureau of Investigation agent Kathryn Dance knows how to read body language, and she knows that the man responsible for starting the chaos has more attacks planned.

Meanwhile, Dance’s personal life is in turmoil, and the perpetrator has uncovered what makes her vulnerable. He knows every move her team is going to make to stop him. Dance — and everyone she loves — will not come away unscathed.

What do we truly fear, and how would we react in a crisis? Would we fall apart and claw our way to safety? Or would we help someone else? Deaver forces the reader to tackle these questions, then adds his own brand of twists to play with expectations, delivering another outstanding and unpredictable thriller.

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