Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
March 26, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

Ashes to Ashes

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Tami Hoag
publisher
Bantam
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller
We gave it a B+

This is the kind of detail-packed thriller that Patricia Cornwell might have written early in her career. In Ashes to Ashes Hoag, a former romance writer, gives us an appealing heroine in the form of Kate Conlan, a victims’-rights advocate assigned to help hunt down a serial killer — and what a twisted mother of a killer he turns out to be. Although the plot isn’t entirely original — The Silence of the Lambs comes to mind more than once while reading this gruesome tale — Hoag holds the reins so tightly that you’ll turn the pages too fast to care. One caveat: It’s not for the squeamish. B+

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