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The last to know
Staub, Wendy Corsi.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Kensington Pub. Corp., [2001]

Physical Description:
462 pages ; 18 cm
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"Pinnacle books."
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X Adult Mass Market Paperback Open Shelf
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Townsend Heights is the perfect small town. Sleepy, tree-lined streets. Good schools. A quick commute to the city. The sort of peaceful, suburban existence Tasha Banks dreamed of living when she left her fast-paced career for full-time motherhood.

But now, Tasha's perfect dream is turning into a terrifying nightmare. Someone is targeting women in Townsend Heights -- and not just any women. A serial killer is looking for a particular kind of prey...young, stay-at-home mothers...exactly like Tasha. One by one, Tasha's friends are disappearing, only to die in horrific ways. Suddenly, terror is transforming Townsend Heights into a sinister place of fear and foreboding -- a place where evil lurks behind every corner, hiding behind the mask of a familiar face -- a face that may be the last one Tasha ever sees...

Author Notes

Bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub grew up in rural New York and knew as a young child that she wanted to become an author. After graduating in 1986 from the State University of New York at Fredonia, Staub moved to New York City and worked as a book editor and advertising agency account coordinator.

She has written for both adults and young adults and published over 70 books in the following genres: thriller, psychological suspense, horror, romance, and biography. Staub has also ghost-written for several celebrities. She has used the pseudonym Wendy Markham and writes the young adult paranormal Lily Dale series.

Staub is the recipient of the 2007 RWA-NYC Golden Apple Award for Lifetime Achievement and the 2008 RT Award for Career Achievement in Suspense.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Nicely bookended by a brisk early murder and a clever denouement, this plodding thriller leaves readers stranded in the middle as Staub (Halloween Party) explores the daily travails of young stay-at-home mothers. The disappearance of a beautiful, wealthy mother disturbs the prosperous suburb of Townsend Heights, N.Y., but Tasha Banks's three children and preoccupied husband keep her hands full and her mind busy. It isn't until her best friend is slain that she realizes with horror that a murderer is prowling the streets of their quiet neighborhood. While Tasha attempts to come to terms with her restlessness and worry, single mother and reporter Paula Bailey struggles to care for her neglected son and to break the case before the big-city journalists do. Fortunately, she possesses some inside information that is likely to ensure her the scoop. Although Staub effectively portrays the stresses of motherhood and draws her characters with sympathetic detail, the story's momentum drags before more killings liven up the pace. Staub's daring ending is an attention grabber, but it's a long way in coming for readers seeking more tension and fewer household crises. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.