The Tiger in the House (Kensington Publishing) by Jacqueline Sheehan introduces Delia Lamont, who is wrapping up the last month of work at Portland, Maine’s child services agency. She’s ready to open a seaside bakery with her younger sister and start a quieter life. But first, she has one last case to deal with – a five-year-old girl was found wandering along the side of the road, partially dressed and covered in blood. Every clue leading to her family takes Delia deeper into a shadowy web of danger that includes murder, heroin trafficking, and kidnapping.

Jacqueline Sheehan has crafted a story that mixes family drama with a healthy dose of suspense and takes the reader on an emotional journey they won’t soon forget. Sheehan doesn’t shy away from gritty issues and does so with such graceful prose that the reader is caught up in a whirlwind of emotions.

Sheehan’s characters are brilliantly three-dimensional, and her descriptions take you directly to the source. This was a book I desperately wanted to finish to find out the end, but also dreaded the end at the same time because I didn’t want to part with the characters. And, as a firm believer in the healing power of animals, Sheehan’s canine and feline characters stole my heart.

The Tiger in the House is available for purchase.

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Jacqueline Sheehan is a New York Times Bestselling author. She is also a psychologist. A New Englander through and through, she spent twenty years living in Oregon, California, and New Mexico doing a variety of things, including house painting, photography, freelance journalism, clerking in a health food store, and directing a traveling troupe of high school puppeteers.

Her novels include The Comet’s Tale, a novel about Sojourner Truth, Lost & Found, Now & Then, Picture This, The Center of the World, and The Tiger in the House. She writes NPR commentaries, travel articles, and essays including the New York Times column, Modern Love. She edited the anthology, Women Writing in Prison. Jacqueline has been awarded residencies at Hawthornden Castle, Jentel Arts Colony, and Turkey Land Cove. She teaches workshops at Grub Street in Boston and in Scotland and Guatemala.