Hallie Ephron, author of "Never Tell a Lie," has written a techno-thriller, "Come and Find Me" (William Morrow, 276 pages).
Diana Highsmith, a computer security consultant, has been homebound since the disastrous climbing accident which claimed her beloved Daniel.
The tragedy has left her so severely agoraphobic that she is terrified to even venture out into her own backyard. Diana has been reduced to a vicarious existence through her computer generated character in the programmed OtherWorld which allows to continue her security business with the help of Daniel's friend, Jake.
Diana's security business is threatened by a mysterious hacker. The situation takes a sinister turn when her sister Ashley disappears for a few days.
She must conquer her panic attacks long enough to enter the real world and search for her sister. Diana reenters a world with all too real dangers as she discovers there is no honor among hackers.
(The reader may chuckle a bit when they read that even after nearly fifteen months of being homebound, the stressed-out heroine is able to remember how to parallel park a car - and a Hummer at that!)
Though this "damsel in distress" novel is a bit too predictable, tekkies will enjoy this fable for geeks.