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Mass. State Police Detective Bobby Dodge is called to the scene of a gruesome mass murder that took place on the grounds of the old State Mental Hospital. Six bodies of children are found in an underground chamber in a crime that appears to have taken place over twenty five years ago.

One body is tentatively identified by a chain around her neck with the name Annabelle Granger. However, a woman who read about the bodies being discovered, tells the police that she is Annabelle and when she was seven she gave the locket to her friend, Dori Petracelli.

Annabelle bears a striking resemblance to another woman who was abducted as a child and placed in an underground chamber. However, hunters heard the girls cries and rescued her. She testified against the man who placed her in the chamber and that man was in prison when the mass murders took place.

The investigation moves to the Mental Hospital and prior patients. Two men seem to fit the profile of someone who might be capable of such a crime. We learn what these men did to be placed in the mental hospital and why the authorities would like to find them and question them further.

Bobby and Det. D.D. Warren decide that Annabelle may have been the target of a sexual preditor and her parents were worried about this so they moved away and kept moving every few years.

Lisa Gardner creates suspense as if she were a chef, putting the ingredients together for a feast. The momentum increases as we progress through this well plotted story. In addition, the author provides a surprise toward the novel's conclusion which was excellently described and perfectly logical. Annabelle was a sympathetic, likable character, who grew in confidence through the story. The antagonist was wee portrayed but the reader will have to learn why by exploring this fine story.

Highly recommended.
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