Pregnant and alone, Teagan O’Riley met three other single mothers at the OB clinic. She formed a close bond with two of them, and shortly after their children are born, they’re murdered, and the third is close on her heels with murder on her mind. With the three infants, Teagan flees to the wilderness, but even there she’s not completely safe from her nemesis.
Maternal Harbor by Marie F. Martin is both a mystery and a psychological study. Told alternately from the point of view of the two main characters, Teagan and Erica Thorburn, a police woman with a murderous mission, it explores both the dark and light sides of the human animal. The tension begins at the beginning and by the time it reaches the end is thrumming like a tightly wound violin string.
This is a book that you can’t stop reading until the end, at which point you wipe away the tension sweat and breathe a sigh of relief. I give it four stars.