The One That Got Away by Simon Wood is a contemporary mystery/crime thriller, and a good one at that. Zoë and Holli are grad students at UC Davis who went to Las Vegas to let their hair down and de-stress, but on the drive back, something terrible happens. Zoë wakes up to find herself naked and bound in a dirty toolshed, and she can hear someone screaming - it's Holli. They had stopped for food and gas in a small town, but everything is fuzzy and Zoë can't remember what got them into this situation. All she can think about is getting out of it.
Fifteen months later, the events of that night have changed Zoë completely. Her life is on a much different track and she's a different person now. She hasn't gotten over what happened - not even close - but she's coping in her own way. That is, until something happens that sends her right back into the path of the man who abducted her and Holli. The media has nicknamed him the "Tally Man," and it seems he has a score to settle with Zoë.