Tuesday, February 3, 2015


Chilling, gripping and full of 5 star surprises Peter Swanson (The Clock For A Heart, 2014) delivers an evil tale that probes minds and hearts.

During a delay at Heathrow two strangers meet and their lives are irrevocably altered.  Ted Severson, a too-rich Boston business man falls into conversation with the intriguing Lily Kintner who is an archivist at Winslow College,  a small school just outside of Boston.  They share more than drinks - they share secrets.

Ted reveals intimate details regarding his marriage.  His beautiful wife, Miranda, is two-timing him with a rugged but not too quick fellow, Brad Daggett, who is the contractor working on the couple’s over the top vacation home in Maine.  Miranda spares no expense and Brad lets her go at it.  But after seeing her in a more than compromising position with Brad he feels like killing her.  Lily agrees with him, in fact, encourages him and offers to help him do it.

When back in Boston Lily and Brad meet again to devise a plot to kill Miranda.  What Brad does not know is that Lily has a dark, quite dark history of her own that involves violence and two unexplained deaths.

As the chapters first of all alternate between narrations by Brad and Lily we learn a great deal about both of them.  Eventually Miranda joins the narration, and finally we hear from a clever detective, Henry Kimball, who is trying to work his way through the webs of deceit that surround the others.  There are all sorts of twists and turns in his pursuit of truth that will keep readers up until the wee hours.

Swanson has delivered one more can’t-put-down tale of mystery and intrigue.  Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke

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