"When the first bullet hit my chest, I thought of my daughter."
Dr Marc Seidman is living in New Jersey with his new wife, Monica, and their baby daughter, Tara, when the shocking attack occurs. When he wakes in the hospital, he learns that Monica is dead, and Tara is missing from her crib.
For two weeks there is no word. Then a ransom demand is made for Tara's return. But Marc makes a mistake.
Something goes terribly wrong during the money drop. The ransom vanishes. The kidnappers get away.
Days turn to weeks as Marc remembers the ransom note's ominous warning: THERE WILL BE NO SECOND CHANCE. The police, believing that Tara is probably dead, start to move on.
Eighteen months pass. And then, when Marc has just about given up all hope of seeing his daughter again, he gets a package with a chilling note attached: WANT A SECOND CHANCE? And inside the package the kidnapper provides proof that Tara is still alive.
©2003 Harlan Coben; (P)2003 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.