A gripping story, part mystery, part psychological examination of secrets and betrayal, that twists and turns with each narrator. Five woman, all connected to a respected surgeon found dead under questionable circumstances, narrate and are developed with depth and insight. An excellent, intelligent page-turner. — Louise Jones
This novel is part mystery, part commentary on love, loss, passion and secrets.
When plastic surgeon Dr. John Taylor is found dead in his hotel room, the initial cause of death is thought to be heart attack. Soon, though, Palo Alto detective Samantha Adams and her team find enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. The plot thickens when it is revealed that the respected and admired surgeon left behind not one but three wives.
Told in alternating chapters by the detective and the wives, this novel had me guessing, and second-guessing, whodunit right up to the end. It is a pageturner!
— Gail King
March 2014 Indie Next List
“What would you do if you discovered your husband had another wife, or even two, at the same time that he is married to you? Full of marital and murderous deception, LaPlante's new novel echoes the tension and suspense of her previous work, Turn of Mind, and leads the reader down a path of betrayal, power, passion, and terror. A fabulous read!”
— Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT
* An Indie Next Pick * A LibraryReads Selection * An Amazon Best Book of the Month (Mysteries & Thrillers) * A Daily Candy Best Book of March * One of More Magazine's "Five Thrillers Not to Read After Dark" When Dr. John Taylor turns up dead in a hotel room, the local police uncover enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. Detective Samantha Adams, whose Palo Alto beat usually covers petty crimes, is innocently thrown into a high-profile case that is more complicated than any she has faced before. A renowned reconstructive surgeon and a respected family man, Dr. Taylor was beloved and admired. But beneath his perfect fa ade was a hidden life--in fact, multiple lives. Dr. Taylor was married to three very different women in three separate cities. As the circumstances surrounding his death emerge, Detective Adams finds herself tracking down a murderer through a tangled web of marital deception and revenge. New York Times bestselling author Alice LaPlante's haunting and complex novel of family secrets dissects--with scalpel-like agility--the intricacies of desire and commitment, trust and jealousy.
About the Author
Alice LaPlante is an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction. She teaches creative writing at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer. She also teaches in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. Her fiction has been widely published in Epoch, Southwestern Review, and other literary journals. Alice is the author of six books, including the LA Times bestseller Method and Madness: The Making of a Story (W.W. Norton 2009). Her first novel, Turn of Mind, was a New York Times, NPR, and American Independent Booksellers Association bestseller, won the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and was named a New York Times and Booklist Editors' Choice and a #1 IndieNextPick. She lives with her family in Northern California. Author website: alicelaplante.com
An Indie Next Pick for March 2014
"LaPlante’s engrossing second thriller . . . explores love, loss, control, the influence of past relationships, and passion. . . . Captivating." Publishers Weekly
"A page-turner that also offers much ironic commentary on the dynamics of love and marriage, emphasizing the great mystery at the heart of any romantic relationship." Booklist
"In this literary character study built on a mystery’s framework, LaPlante ingeniously constructs characters distinct and original." Kirkus Reviews