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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (494 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Belva Plain Narrator: Anne Twomey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2000 ISBN: 9780553752663
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In this stunning novel, New York Times bestselling author Belva Plain has written a compelling story of family and fortune, beauty and betrayal. With unerring insight and emotional power, she penetrates a shattered marriage to explore one of the most provocative issues of our time.

What happens when the picture-perfect marriage dissolves? In her unsparing evocation of a family in crisis, Belva Plain goes to the heart of a marriage between a naïve young artist and her handsome physician husband. At first everything is idyllic. Then one terrible night she commits an act she will regret for the rest of her life. An act that gives her husband the ultimate weapon: blackmail. The price of his silence is uncontested custody of their two children.

When her own beautiful, angry mother wants to know why she won’t fight for custody, she can give no answers. For she alone knows, or believes she knows, what really happened on that fateful night.

In a novel that is both provocative and heartbreaking, Belva Plain proves herself the writer who sets the standard for family stories, a novelist of incomparable depth and grace.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A page-turner…heartbreaking and thoroughly realistic.”

    New York Post

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/23/2013

    " THIS WAS A GOOD BELVA PLAIN BOOK. SHE IS ALWAYS A NICE BREAK FROM MYSTERIES. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ldlimes | 11/9/2013

    " I hated Gerald all the way through the book. I was hoping he would drive off a cliff. It was to bad that a horse hadn't fallen on Arnie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 8/28/2013

    " I liked this book...it wasn't predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Thompson | 8/16/2013

    " Excellent! A woman with innocence is thrown into a life of despair after she commits an act in a fit of rage that she will regret forever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jsarno49 | 1/30/2013

    " This too was a good travel book. Quick read with a strong plot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Corrie | 1/6/2013

    " Couldn't get through the third chapter. Too many type-o's and poorly written. Too bad. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susie | 12/30/2012

    " Worst book ever, only finished it because I was stuck out of town with nothing to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 10/30/2012

    " Belva Plain is a good writer, but this book was terribly depressing. There was no hope until about 10 pages from the end...and LOTS of "oh no!'s" Horrible...do not recommend it simply because of content. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 9/17/2012

    " Excellent writing, but the story... can women be so DUMB. Every page I'm expecting Hyacinth to stand up and call her husband's bluff, but she meekly stands by allowing her life to be ruined. Don't teach your daughters to live their lives like her. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marlaina | 8/24/2012

    " couldn't make past one page with all the grammatical errors. Sad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Felci | 8/14/2012

    " I liked this book very much. It had a great ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyndsey De | 5/5/2012

    " Good story, but long to get to the point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noha Hamed | 4/12/2012

    " this is the best novel by Belva Plain, it is social and realistic, I recommend it very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roslyn Glynn | 1/14/2012

    " Fear of the truth keeps you from persuing the truth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/8/2012

    " This was not a great book, but an easy read and kept my attention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy Spicer | 11/21/2011

    " A; Good! Actually felt anger at one of the characters. The ending took me by surprise but I overall enjoyed the story very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 10/22/2011

    " It was a bit slow moving at times but over all I fould it to be a good story. Things aren't always what they seem. I found myself making false assumptions while reading the book. I was totally surprised when the person responsible for trying to control her life turns out to be someone she trusted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 9/3/2011

    " The travails of a woman caught in a devastating lie by her ex-husband, who holds it over her head to get custody of their two children. From this point on, her whole life is tied up in more lies to protect her "secret" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyndsey | 6/15/2011

    " Good story, but long to get to the point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jsarno49 | 10/18/2010

    " This too was a good travel book. Quick read with a strong plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 9/20/2010

    " Excellent writing, but the story... can women be so DUMB. Every page I'm expecting Hyacinth to stand up and call her husband's bluff, but she meekly stands by allowing her life to be ruined. Don't teach your daughter's to live their lives like her.
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marlaina | 7/6/2010

    " couldn't make past one page with all the grammatical errors. Sad "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 9/29/2009

    " The travails of a woman caught in a devastating lie by her ex-husband, who holds it over her head to get custody of their two children. From this point on, her whole life is tied up in more lies to protect her "secret" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roslyn | 7/15/2009

    " Fear of the truth keeps you from persuing the truth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 5/28/2009

    " Belva Plain is a good writer, but this book was terribly depressing. There was no hope until about 10 pages from the end...and LOTS of "oh no!'s" Horrible...do not recommend it simply because of content. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Corrie | 1/8/2009

    " Couldn't get through the third chapter. Too many type-o's and poorly written. Too bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 6/22/2008

    " I liked this book...it wasn't predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 6/5/2008

    " It was a bit slow moving at times but over all I fould it to be a good story. Things aren't always what they seem. I found myself making false assumptions while reading the book. I was totally surprised when the person responsible for trying to control her life turns out to be someone she trusted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/8/2008

    " THIS WAS A GOOD BELVA PLAIN BOOK. SHE IS ALWAYS A NICE BREAK FROM MYSTERIES. "

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About the Author
Author Belva Plain

Belva Plain (1915–2010) was the author of more than a dozen bestselling novels with both period and contemporary settings and themes.

About the Narrator

Anne Twomey is an accomplished actress of both stage and screen. Her Broadway credits include Orpheus Descending with Vanessa Redgrave, To Grandmother’s House We Go, and Nuts, for which she received a Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award. Her many television appearances include guest roles on Seinfeld, Law & Order: SVU, Spin City, and the Christopher Reeves’ movie-of-the-week Rear Window. She has also appeared in the films Picture Perfect and Orpheus Descending. Her audiobook narrations have won her five AudioFile Earphones Awards.