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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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About the Author
Author Jane Stanton Hitchcock

Jane Stanton Hitchcock has written several novels, including Trick of the Eye, Social Crimes (People magazine’s Beach Book of the Week), and One Dangerous Lady. She lives in New York and Washington, DC.