Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Amanda Stevens-- "The Devil's Footprints"

In 1922 a farmer in Adamant, Arkansas, awakes to a noise on his roof and finds his snow-blanketed yard marked with thousands of cloven footprints. The prints vanish with the melting snow...only to reappear seventy years later near the gruesome killing of Rachel Delaune.
Years after her sister's unsolved murder, New Orleans tattoo artist Sarah Delaune is haunted by the mysteries of her past. Sarah has always believed that her sister was killed by a man named Ashe. He had "appeared" to Sarah when she needed a friend the most, only to vanish on the night of her sister's murder. The past bleeds into the present when two mutilated bodies are found near Sarah's home, the crime scene desecrated by cloven footprints.

***Wow! This book has so many layers, it's hard to know where to start. The killer is not truly revealed until the last 20 pages. Every time i thought i had it, i was tripped up. And even though we don't really find out why the killer is the way they are, it really is a page-turning thriller. I was unable to put it down once i hit the home stretch. Not all questions are answered in Steven's books, but she gives you enough in this story to keep you on the edge of your seat. This book did not disappoint.

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