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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (269 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Stanton Hitchcock Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455180059
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Artist Faith Crowell is nearly forty and feels—with some relief, some regret—that she’s now safely past the age of passion, obsessive love, and unsatisfied longings. Concentrating on contenting herself with a solitary life in Manhattan, complete with cat, comfy apartment, and a successful if hardly brilliant career, Faith is shocked when grande dame Frances Griffin drops in to her studio to ask her to paint murals for the ballroom of her legendary Long Island mansion. Flattered, Faith accepts. She eventually learns of the brutal, unsolved murder of Frances’ daughter and begins to wonder why she was chosen for this project, why her employer seems intent on confiding all her secrets to her, and what, exactly, lies beneath the surface of Frances Griffin’s public life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tautly controlled narrative voice and a prose style that transcends genre key the action in this gothic thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Anna Fields portrays Crowell as savvy and intuitive, traits that will help her when she learns of the unsolved murder a decade earlier…Fields captures all the suspense of the story as Crowell explores the past just a bit too creatively.”

    AudioFile

  • “Those few among Hitchcock’s characters who aren’t charming, unusual, and thoroughly likable are certainly overflowing with surprises. Pure pleasure for psychological-suspense fans.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “With touches of Edith Wharton, Jane Austen, Patricia Highsmith, and Daphne du Maurier, [this] will appeal to any listener who appreciates excellent writing, complex characters, and absolutely fantastic narrators.”

    Kliatt

  • Finalist for 1992Hammett Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/9/2014

    " I loved Social Crimes by this same author, so I thought I would try another by her. This was not so good. It was quite weak. The writing style and mystery part of the novel were just not as strong as her ater works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria Shepherd | 11/24/2013

    " This beautifully written book masterfully ties in a mystery, loneliness, friendship, art, revenge and love. A wonderful read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 8/28/2013

    " Art, loneliness, murder and a totally unexpected ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Zorn | 7/26/2013

    " I won't bother to rehash the plot...there are plenty of reviews that do a fine job in that arena. For me, the book itself was a trompe l'oeil. It pulled me in and the ending twist totally took me by surprise. Didn't see it coming. Blew my mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 4/25/2013

    " A solid read. The writing flows, the characters are fleshed out but the ending twisted in a way I didn't care for. It seemed a little too contrived. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jayci | 4/19/2013

    " horribly stupid book! Wanted to burn it after I was done. The ending was so FRUSTRATING! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 5/5/2012

    " Wow! This is a true psychological suspense tale. Couldn't put this one down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 11/26/2011

    " It is not like I hated the story, the story was okay and had a few good twists. Overall, I did not think that it lived up to being a suspense novel. It was a murder mystery, but it was not a very complex storyline. Overall I skipped to the end after chapter 12 and called it a day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 11/10/2011

    " What a great book - until the end where it completely let me down. The ex-boyfriend didn't need to be in the book at all and I was ready for a bigger "trick of the eye." I much preferred "The Thirteenth Tale" for surprises and well-written plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 9/5/2011

    " Creepy book but I like how it is about a female full time artist ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 6/29/2011

    " Totally caught off guard by the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 2/15/2011

    " Man, this book was amazing! One of those perfect reads: technically flawless writing; rich details from a writer who clearly knows Europe - esp France, and the art world; a great story, well told - never a dull moment; and an ending that you didn't see coming. Wow. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samee | 7/1/2010

    " Very well-written prose and an original plot. Has lots of twists and turns. A really fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharonm | 6/6/2010

    " A trompe l’oile artist is the main character in this mystery. The writing was mediocre and the story formulaic. Some interesting foibles and houses were described, though. Book on CD. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/2/2010

    " I loved Social Crimes by this same author, so I thought I would try another by her. This was not so good. It was quite weak. The writing style and mystery part of the novel were just not as strong as her ater works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samee | 2/22/2010

    " Very well-written prose and an original plot. Has lots of twists and turns. A really fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 1/8/2010

    " Creepy book but I like how it is about a female full time artist ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 9/17/2009

    " Wow! This is a true psychological suspense tale. Couldn't put this one down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 8/5/2009

    " Art, loneliness, murder and a totally unexpected ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 8/29/2008

    " It is not like I hated the story, the story was okay and had a few good twists. Overall, I did not think that it lived up to being a suspense novel. It was a murder mystery, but it was not a very complex storyline. Overall I skipped to the end after chapter 12 and called it a day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 8/19/2008

    " What a great book - until the end where it completely let me down. The ex-boyfriend didn't need to be in the book at all and I was ready for a bigger "trick of the eye." I much preferred "The Thirteenth Tale" for surprises and well-written plot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jayci | 4/25/2008

    " horribly stupid book! Wanted to burn it after I was done. The ending was so FRUSTRATING! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 3/30/2008

    " A solid read. The writing flows, the characters are fleshed out but the ending twisted in a way I didn't care for. It seemed a little too contrived.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 7/1/2007

    " This was an OK read.

    There were a couple of passages with really beautiful writing and imagery, but overall the book was strained and dry.

    I don't regret reading it, but I doubt I will read anything else by the author. "

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About the Author
Author Jane Stanton Hitchcock

Jane Stanton Hitchcock is the New York Times bestselling author of Mortal Friends, The Witches' Hammer, Social Crimes, and Trick of the Eye, as well as several plays. She lives with her husband, syndicated foreign-affairs columnist Jim Hoagland, in New York City and Washington, D.C.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.