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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; First Edition edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743406451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743406451
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,841,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Psychotherapist Jordan Sloan's father was murdered by her ex-boyfriend nearly 20 years ago. Jordan has never forgiven Dan Mallory, but the state has, and he's now out of prison. Despite reassurance from everyone, including his parole officer, Jordan is certain Dan's stalking her, and that sooner or later he'll take his revenge for her betrayal of their relationship by the testimony she gave at his trial.

Betrayal is also the theme of Jordan's relationship with her husband, Robert, whose infidelity destroyed their otherwise perfect marriage. Although they continue to share their New York brownstone, she cannot bring herself to forgive him either. Into Jordan's already troubled existence comes a new patient, whose revelations will force her to reconsider whether her marriage--and, ultimately, her life--is worth saving. Well crafted and absorbing, this second novel by a writer whose first book, Lip Service, was originally self-published to substantial popular success, nonetheless misses the opportunity to explore in greater depth the inner conflicts of the central character. As a result, Jordan's actions and emotions are predictable from the very beginning. There's too much slack in the plot, but there are moments of real engagement between Jordan and her clients, husband, and daughter that showcase Rose's promise as a novelist. --Jane Adams

From Publishers Weekly

Rose made headlines and the talk shows after her Internet self-published first novel, Lip Service, became a bestseller on and elsewhere, and the first self-published novel to be bought by the Literary Guild. Her second novel, traditionally published (Pocket issued Lip Service in cloth and paper as well), is a suspenseful tale of murder, madness and forgiveness. Jordan Sloan is a successful Manhattan psychotherapist who has had a couple of hard knocks. Nineteen years ago, Jordan's father was murdered in his jewelry shop by Dan Mallory, an employee she had secretly been dating. Jordan's passionate marriage disintegrated five years ago when she caught her photographer husband, Robert Falconer, with another woman. The two maintain a cordial relationship, sharing their three-story brownstone in Greenwich Village with their 17-year-old daughter, Lilly, a budding photographer. As she begins to feel more confident about her ability to trust again, Jordan finally decides to move ahead and start divorce proceedings. But one of her new patients, Adrienne, a sexually aggressive narcissist, begins to trigger uncomfortable feelings in Jordan by alluding to her affair with a married photographer. Jordan and Robert find themselves on the same side in their mutual dislike of Lilly's older boyfriend, Cooper, who is threatened by Robert's artistic, nude photographs of Lilly. At the same time, Jordan discovers that Dan Mallory, her father's murderer, has been released from prison much earlier than expected. When Jordan starts receiving mysterious phone calls and seeing shadowy figures in her daughter's photographs, she becomes convinced that the "rehabilitated" prisoner is threatening her family. Rose fails to connect all the dots of the various subplots but, overall, she offers an entertaining, at times exciting, read. (Jan.) Forecast: Like Lip Service, In Fidelity escapes easy categorization, falling somewhat short of a thriller but with just enough tension to push it out of the general category of women's fiction. But Rose is becoming her own category (and doubtless will prove an enthusiastic and indefatigable booster for the book); her name is well known now, and should attract curious readers.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice... books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Please visit her blog, Museum of Mysteries at

Her photo was taken by Judith Pushett utilizing an old relic: a turn-of-the-century 11 x 14 inch wood camera.

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.

Her most recent novel THE COLLECTOR OF DYING BREATHS (Atria/S&S) was chosen as an Indie Next Pick and her next novel, THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS will be released March 2015.

Rose's work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors -

The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and currently serves, with Lee Child, as the organization's co-president..

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M. J. Rose's storytelling captivated me.
Jennifer LB Leese
It was well developed and had excellent character and story development.
I watched Robert change the music on my stereo.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Hewitt on January 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
In Fidelity by MJ Rose is a great sophomore follow up to Lip Service. Twenty years ago, Jordan saw her father die at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. She made sure he was convicted of that crime. For twenty years Jordan has been trying to adjust to her father's death, while building a family, falling in and out of love and helping her patients face their demons. Meanwhile for twenty years her ex-boyfriend has been dreaming of freedom and reclaiming Jordan.
Jordan's past has come pack to stalk her, during a time when she is trying to re-adjust to her ever maturing daughter, get back together with her husband and help a patient who has become obsessed with her life. In Fidelity is what I would call a good example of suspense romantica. The underlying theme of romance is spiced with erotica and suspense. Strong characterization and plot make this book a page-turner. I can't wait to see what MJ Rose comes up with next.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on February 14, 2002
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I thought that M. J. Rose's first novel, Lip Service, was one of the most clever thriller/erotica novels I have read. It was well developed and had excellent character and story development. Needless to say that her second novel, In Fidelity, is just as, if not more, suspenseful and erotic as her first novel.
Dr. Jordan Sloan's world shatters all over again when her father's murderer is released on parole. The key witness to his murder trial, she fears that he'll seek revenge -- though everyone, including her daughter, seems to think that she is just being paranoid. A psychotherapist, she tries to help her patients' problems while trying to figure the psyche of murderers and coming to terms with her about to be ex-husband's infidelity. Jordan is bound to suffer several more betrayals -- which leads to a spellbounding conclusion.
Suspenseful, erotic and, yes, romantic, In Fidelity should be devoured in one sitting! I highly recommend it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer LB Leese on December 4, 2000
Another wonderful book by a gifted author!
Dr. Jordan Sloan is having a hard time putting her father's death behind her, especially now since the murderer, her ex-boyfriend at the time, has been freed from prison. Dan Mallory tried his best to get young Jordan back after their break-up--anger drove him into that store that horrible day. A confrontation took place and the next thing Jordan saw was her father's blood rolling across the floor. In the courtroom during the trial, Jordan pointed out her father's murderer to the jury. Now Jordan feels she is forced to constantly look over her shoulder wherever she goes. Is she being followed or just paranoid? Has Dan Mallory been religiously rejuvenated and ready for the outside world?
Murdered in his own jewelry store twenty years ago, Jordan relives the smells and visions of that gruesome, life-changing day almost every single day of her adult life.
Now a mother of a 17-year-old Zen adherent, she tries to develop a better relationship with her daughter, Lilly. She feels that Lilly is getting too serious with her Yale boyfriend, Cooper, who introduced and encourages Lilly's Zen beliefs.
Dr. Sloan gets aggravated at times, but marvels at the fact that Lilly has grown to love photography just as Lilly's father has. Separated five years, Robert holds onto the thought of him and Jordan getting back together. Jordan just wants to feel sexy again.
Aside from everything else going on in Dr. Sloan's life...she also has to deal with and analyze her patient's lives on a daily basis from her home counseling office. One female patient has Dr. Sloan intrigued.
Precious stones and jewelry are mentioned throughout this book depicting strong visual images, which are linked with a memory--good and disturbing.
M. J.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven Van Stone on April 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
What is so unusual about this book and Rose's writing in general is that she keeps you turning the pages and then for days after the book is over you are still thinking about some of the issues and questions her characters and her story line have brought to light.
The reviewer above must have skipped over a whole lot of this book to not understand what the fuss is about.
This is quality writing that is also entertaining. Smart and satisfying at the same time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Denise Fleischer on March 25, 2001
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Psychotherapist Jordan Sloan's life is a perfect case study of survival. Two heartbreaking incidents happened early on. When Jordan was 19-years-old she witnessed her father being shot to death in their family jewelry store by a man she knew. If life wasn't hard enough with the constant memory of Dan Mallory, ricocheting bullets, falling roses, shattering glass and the metallic smell of blood, years later Jordan learns of her husband's infidelity. She literally walks in on him in his studio dark room when things are developing. Give you a clue, it isn't monochrome photos.
In an attempt to preserve the fragments of her personal life, Jordan concentrates on making her 17-year-old Zen following daughter, Lilly, and her practice, the focus of her new life. A supportive cast of characters either makes her life miserable or helps her to hang on. Though you seldom see Lilly's boyfriend, Cooper Davis, he's responsible for her fascination with Zen Buddhism and a very simplistic life. This makes it difficult for Jordan to give her daughter anything without a "I don't need it mom. Think of all the other people in the world who need it more than me," attitude. Then there's Grandma, Jordan's New Age/Eastern Philosophy following mother who influences Lilly and believes she's found peace and a new life after her husband's tragic death. Then there's Adrienne Blessing, Jordan's new patient, who's always bragging about all the men she's slept with. Jordan's sure there's a story there. The one person responsible for keeping Jordan sane and giving her a much-needed helping of happiness is her best friend, Chloe Blanchard. And then there's Jordan's brother, Simon. Simon is more than a "little concerned" now that Dan Mallory recently received his walking papers from prison.
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