I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.
The below is not a spoiler, just not pertinent to anyone who is looking strictly for a review of the book:
Boy, is this completely different from any of the Barbara Michaels books I've read so far. Structured differently, and written with a tad more sophistication than a lot of her other romantic suspense books. Just a tad, though at first I thought I was in for something more on a level with Whitney's works. I'm sort of glad it wasn't, really, because otherwise this book would have scared the hell out of me. Instead, it was just fun, with a bit of non-visceral horror at the end. It feels like Michaels might have been taking a popular trope at the time and turning it on its side, showing it from a different perspective.
The book is structured in three parts, meant to mimic metaphorically, a traditional Fox Hunt. The Meet, The Huntsman, and The Quarry. Of course, the reader is supposed to suspect the Huntsman at every turn and bemoan the weakness of The Quarry. All I'll say about any of it is that, while I definitely suspected one facet, there were many that were unexpected on their revelation.
Michaels ratchets up the suspense from page one, to the point that it feels the pages themselves might snap from the tension; it's only when things come to a crisis that the book fails, just a little bit, to deliver what could have been a more explosive resolution. Mind you, it was still a good ending, and I don't know how such explosiveness might have been achieved, only that for the amount of tension built up, the release of it was slow and measured. Horrifying in its way, but not detrimental to anyone's pulse.
I read this for Halloween Bingo, using it as my official Wild Card for the Classic Horror Square. It's not a classic, but the horror bit was closer to the mark than I expected.