William and Morrow
March 22, 2011/ ISBN 0061857521
Mystery / Thriller
by Susan Johnson
Diana Highsmith lost her husband over a year ago in a skiing accident
in the Switzerland Alps. The shock and devastation has left her
severely depressed and agoraphobic, unable to leave her home. Diana
has built a virtual computer world where she lives through an avatar
named Nadia. Nadia is a strong and dominating character who can
do anything, anything that Diana cannot.
As a computer security expert, and now reformed hacker, Diana has
set up her home as a fortress. She lives a virtual life through
her computer while making her living with her friend and partner
doing the actual outside work. She attends meetings as her alter
ego Nadia online.
One of her few contacts with the outside world is her sister Ashley.
When her sister goes missing, Diana will do anything in her power
to find her and make sure she is safe, even if that means leaving
the safety of her home and computer built fortress. Once out in
the world and using her skills and contacts from the computer, Diana
discovers that everything is not as it seems and danger is just
a step away.
As a recovered agoraphobic I could feel the anxiousness and terror
of Dianna’s situation. The horror that just stepping outside
ones front door and leaving their comfort zone can produce. Dianna
had to do it for her sister and doing it was so believable every
step of the way. I found myself breaking out in a cold sweat with
her. Now that is true and good writing.