Snare by Deborah J. Ledford.*
Deputy Steven Hawk is assigned to lead the local team guarding a young pop singing sensation by the name of Katina Salvo at her first concert ever, in the town of Bryson City, North Carolina.
Although this is Katina's first concert, she's released several CDs, and already has a huge following. Also, she's been receiving hate mail, a fact that she stumbles upon just the day before her concert. To make things worse, her father (who had been imprisoned for manslaughter) receives an early release for good behavior, despite the fact that he killed her mother and has threatened Katina, too.
Despite having bodyguards and a police presence, fans rush the stage and violence ensues. Hawk feels that he's failed to keep his promise to look after Katina, and resolves to make up for it.
The book opens with an exciting prologue/flashback that explains Katina's background, and although the level of emotion decreases once the narrative returns to the present day, there is an almost constant sense of being on the edge of a momentous occurrence. The major characters are generally appealing, though flawed, as humans are, and Ledford skilfully stokes the reader's desire to learn their fate. This is not a book to start at bedtime, unless you plan to stay up until you reach the end!
*FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the author, who sent me an e-book for review purposes.