Kathryn Dance, an expert in body language, gets called in to interview Daniel Pell, a Manson-esque killer who's now suspected of another murder entirely. She figures out that he's planning on breaking out, but not quite soon enough to prevent the escape. He's set himself up to be rescued by a girlfriend, and then he goes on the rampage again, killing, boinking, and looking for reunions both good and bad. Kathryn gets the idea to reunite Sam, Linda, and Rebecca, the female members of Pell's Family, to get them to give her insight into Pell's behavior. She also looks to talk to Theresa, the "Sleeping Doll" who got missed when Pell and his one male Family member killed the rest of her family years ago.
I'm not sure what else to say about this. It's certainly a Jeffrey Deaver book: on the one hand, awesomely devious plot twists that nevertheless fit with what you've read in the plot previously. I especially liked how the Pell stuff went down. On the other hand, somewhat overexplainy writing style, and you don't really care about his main detectives because they don't have nearly the amount of personality that say, Daniel Pell or his girlfriends do. Kathryn is a pleasant enough personality compared to the grumpy-ass Lincoln Rhyme, but I don't know how much feeling I had for her when it came to her own personal life. She wants to date, her son doesn't want her to, so she holds off on dating, and yet is interested in men... but eh, I don't know enough about any of these people to care so much.
Three stars. Interesting story, not so much interesting when it comes to the continuing world.