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Soap opera fans ought to adore the fourth Family Feud series entry. In late-nineteenth-century Britain, when beautiful but mentally slow Carrie Blake comes home with a torn bodice, she says the man who raped her was the squire. Incensed, her older brother, Dick, storms off and kills the squire, only to be killed himself by the squire's men. After the birth of Carrie's child, younger brother Tom comes to the rescue of the squire's daughter, Roz, when her dress is caught in a briar patch. While they feel an intense connection, both know they can't court or marry because of their class differences and families' enmity. Consequently, each marries without love, secretly longing for the other. When Carrie and Roz's husband are murdered, old hatreds resurface. The tumultuous relationships snap and crackle, making any love between the two clans difficult to find or sustain. Class consciousness and lies of omission and commission affect both characters and plot so strongly that readers who love interpersonal intrigue should relish every word. --Booklist, November 1, 2011

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Hilary Norman was born in London. After working as an actress and in broadcasting, she wrote her first novel, In Love and Friendship, which became a New York Times bestseller and was translated into seventeen languages. She continued writing sagas before turning to psychological suspense and thrillers, and is currently working on her twenty-fourth title. She has traveled and researched extensively in Europe and the United States, where she lived for a time. She now lives with her husband in London.

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'A born storyteller.' Annabel

'An accomplished novelist.' New York Times Book Review

'Dark and completely engrossing... compulsive stuff.' The Bookseller

'The theme of obsession runs through many of Norman's psychological thrillers and she is an expert at developing page-turning suspense... her books blend contemporary women's fiction and the menace and pace of the thriller in a winning combination' Cath Staincliffe, Manchester Evening News

'Grabs readers from the first page and doesn't let go. .. packed with plenty of action and enough twists to keep even dedicated fans guessing. Highly recommended.' Library Journal

'Norman's fearless willingness to explore the dark side of the human psyche should earn her new fans... ' Publishers Weekly

'Norman weaves multiple strands with ease, building tension to a climax that doesn't disappoint.' Kirkus Reviews

'Heart-stopping suspense' Mary Higgins Clark

'A goose-pimply, page-turning read right to the end' Company

'Norman has elevated herself to the highest echelons of thriller writing' The Good Book Guide

'For fans of heart-palpitating, nail-biting psychological thrillers... ' Booklist

'Hilary Norman is an honest-to-goodness storyteller. Her integrity is rare.' Jewish Chronicle

'Norman is still superior to many rivals at their very best' Gerald Kaufman, The Scotsman

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