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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (154 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Heather Terrell Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781415939222
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Haarlem, Holland, seventeenth-century: the city’s chief magistrate commissions a family portrait from Dutch master painter Johannes Miereveld. But when the artist sees the magistrate’s daughter, Amalia, an illicit love affair begins. Miereveld creates a captivating masterpiece, the Chrysalis–a stunning portrait of the Virgin Mary, full of Catholic symbols, that outrages his Protestant patron and signals the death of his career.

New York, present day: Mara Coyne is one high-profile case away from making partner at her powerful Manhattan law firm, and now the client that is sure to seal the deal has fallen into her lap. The prestigious Beazley’s auction house is about to sell a lost masterwork, the Chrysalis, in an auction that is destined to become legendary. Standing in the way, however, is the shocking accusation that the painting belongs not to Beazley’s client but to Hilda Baum, the daughter of a Dutch collector who lost his paintings—and his life—to the Nazis.

The case brings an unexpected surprise when Mara discovers that Beazley’s in-house attorney is Michael Roarke, a man for whom she once had an intense attraction. But the same skills that make her a brilliant litigator also make Mara suspicious, and she begins to believe that Hilda’s tragic family story might be more than just heartbreaking—it might be true. And the man she’s come to love might not be who she thought he was at all.

Spanning centuries and continents, the Chrysalis is a brilliant, intelligent, fast-paced thriller that melds art and history into a provocative work of fiction. From the underground Catholicism in seventeenth-century Holland to the unspeakable crimes of the Nazis and the repercussions that reverberate to this day throughout the art world, Heather Terrell has created a fascinating story that will entrance readers to the very last page.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 2/13/2014

    " Try this one before The Map Thief. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/27/2014

    " A fast-paced lawyer novel about a painting, the family that owned it, the lawyer who is trying to protect it, and the Dutch painter in the 1600's who painted it. The separate plots are so tightly woven together that it would be impossible to tell one story without the others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 1/19/2014

    " Not too bad, but fairly typical plot twists and characters. Nothing very memorable about the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/19/2014

    " Art thriller...raises the ethical question of ownership after the War. Nicely developed characters, good view of the inside art world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/7/2014

    " Consider it the progeny of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code and Geraldine Brookes' People of the Book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jp | 1/4/2014

    " Da Vinci Code light, but still entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 12/19/2013

    " I liked how there were three storys in one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaci | 12/10/2013

    " The author had a great premise but couldn't decide whether to write a mystery or a romance novel...the indecision was jarring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/2/2013

    " part historical novel; part nazie art thefts; part modern day legal thriller. Terrell combine them all in this well-written first novel. a really good first novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 11/19/2013

    " Though it deals with the interesting conundrum of the legality of returning Nazi confiscated artwork to original owners, the Chrysalis reads like a legal brief with a bit of obligatory romance and danger thrown in. The suspense just never truly builds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 10/29/2013

    " mixes Girl with Pearl Earring type painting story with modern day mystery. very enjoyable read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 10/27/2013

    " A mystery of a painting that you follow through time. There isn't any time travel, just history and mystery of a painting that is going up for auction. A quick read and very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline Bingham | 7/23/2013

    " Fast, easy read. Perfect for a beach read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 6/22/2013

    " downloaded from audible. Thought it would be more interesting than it was. Story is about the theft of a famous painting by the Nazis and the owners attempt at recovering it from an auction house. Chapters moved from the past to the present and that was the most interesting thing about the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 5/22/2013

    " For such a short book, it's full of repetitive filler and the plot "twists" are anything but. While Terrell may be an excellent lawyer, her fiction shows she might not want to give up her day job just yet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 3/27/2013

    " I was not impressed with this book. The characters were boring and there was very little action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andi Newberry ~Tubbs | 7/17/2012

    " That Hitler stole paintings from the Jews and hid them among the Catholic church. It was fasinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 7/12/2012

    " An interesting fast-paced book. Good plot and very good research. Sometimes wordy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jackie | 5/11/2012

    " Fun premise made me pick this book up; juvenile writing style forced me to put it down after only 17 pages. Not worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna Halloran | 4/19/2012

    " I thought this sounded good. I thought it started out great. But then it just kinda fizzled for me. I enjoyed it without a doubt, but I am not sure that 1) I am excited to read something else she has written or 2) I would recommend this to someone else. Good story though, and I enjoyed the writing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadia | 2/2/2012

    " A mixture of suspense, mystery and history. Another winner! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/2/2011

    " The story was good, but the writing was way too flowery for my taste. A bit predictable. An easy read, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 9/26/2011

    " A Dutch painting is the focus of this book which takes us back & forth in time from present day to WWII to the 17th century. I had a hard time with our heroine, a self-confident lawyer, who fell for an obvious scoundrel. For heaven's sake, woman! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorinda | 4/4/2011

    " Quick read. Mystery based loosely on historical facts. Interesting and fun read.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/1/2011

    " I just love history and mystery! Both her books trhat I have read are excellent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda | 2/24/2010

    " This book is quite good. She is an attorney who repatriates lost antiquities. She obviously spends a lot of time researching her subject, since she keeps three story lines going at one time. All are in different countries and eras. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 1/3/2010

    " This is the second book I've read by this author. I love the history and the settings. What was really fun for me with this particular title was that I had just read an article in the Smithsonian about a long lost map from which America had been named. Nice juxtaposition.

    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Farhana | 12/28/2009

    " Wow... brilliant! I absolutely love how the story is told. Three interesting stories weaved together - two parallel and one tying it all together.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the historical part.

    Definitely a worthwhile read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 7/23/2009

    " It was an enjoyable, fast read but full of coincidences. I have also read The Chrysalis, Ms. Terrell's debut novel and enjoyed that more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvie | 5/1/2009

    " Love the suspense. Did not know about the first in this series... I am out to find it to see if it is better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 4/20/2009

    " Interesting premise just didn't seem to keep my interest "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara | 4/15/2009

    " The mystery in the "hunt for the map" kept me reading it, but in the end just ok. Couldn't get into the characters and the "adventure" side of it was anti-climatic. Interesting idea behind the book though--that the Chinese discovered the world before the Europeans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 1/9/2009

    " Interesting alternate history - the Chinese had already been to the "New World" and around Africa so the European explorers really had a map and knew where they were going. None of this "falling off the edge of the earth" stuff was a problem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/22/2008

    " From China in 1401, to Portugal in the late 1400's, to today, this book is about an ancient map of the world, stolen from an archeological dig. There are three main characters, all involved with the map in different times, and the author weaves their stories in a gripping romp around the world. "

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About the Author
Author Heather Terrell

Heather Terrell worked as a commercial litigator in New York City for over ten years before trying her hand at writing. After publishing three historical novels—The ChrysalisThe Map Thief, and Brigid of Kildare—she turned her attention to the realm of young adults. Terrell is also the author of the acclaimed Fallen Angel series. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.

About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.