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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (August 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670022799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670022793
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,151,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...sexy, artistic...a page-turner." - Publishers Weekly

"A modern gothic that emits a creepy glow..." - Kirkus Reviews

"...[an] accomplished and darkly sensuous debut...unlike anything else you will read this summer...a triumph. Ryder's writing is as gorgeous...The novel's many mysteries unfold carefully and beautifully, and readers will be trying to connect the dots until the very last page." - BookPage

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About the Author

Brandi Lynn Ryder lives in the heart of Napa Valley. In Malice, Quite Close is her first novel.

Customer Reviews

Can't wait till the next book.
Elizabeth BloomHere There Beyond, Inc.
In Malice, Quite Close reminded me of a soap opera in a good way...it had intrigue, sexual chemistry, interesting characters, and a good story line.
Cheryl Koch
This is a powerfully written novel, wonderful imagery through her words.
Jerrie Brock

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell VINE VOICE on August 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Tristan Mourault, a Frenchman, and heir to a world renowned art collection featuring Impressionist masterpieces loses himself when sees young Karen Miller in San Francisco. He immediately decides he must have her and lets nothing deter him from that mission. The fact that she is only 15 is inconsequential, he believes he is saving her from the fate of the family she was born into. He does everything he can to win her trust and then makes the calculated plan for her disappearance. Within days Karen Miller no longer exists as she becomes Giselle, his daughter to the public, his lover in private.

The story then moves ahead 15 years to Devon, Washington. An almost magical town and Tristan and Giselle are part of the eccentric art world. Giselle has matured, married and has a daughter. But all is not perfect in this wonderland they have created. Her daughter discovers something that will turn all their lives sideways. Not everyone will survive the revelations uncovered.

I enjoyed what has been called a "haunting" novel. The title comes from a poem by Arthur Rimbaud entitled The First Evening and fits well with this story. The story has also been compared to Nabokov's Lolita. Quite an accomplishment for a debut novel.

I found it to be a suspenseful look at some extraordinary characters in some extraordinary situations. The plot kept the pages turning and then slowed in places to an almost maddening pace and then picked up and slowed again. It was written almost like a dance or a give and take relationship with the reader. Secrets continue to be revealed until the last page and even then this reader is still unsure of the real truth.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Teresa E. Mills on August 11, 2011
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In this book, my best advice is to put your preconceived notions in your nightstand and let this author pull you through this novel with her spell-binding phrasing and her talent for byzantine twists and false leads. Save the moral outrage that has you breathless as you find yourself exhaling in relief, just in time to lose your breathe again. I am glad I took my time and let the landscapes and architecture be created in my imagination while the author is describing them. With a flick of my Kindle page I was too soon at the end of the book and thoroughly delighted with the ending, even as I sit here hoping to meet these characters again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K.W. Roberts on March 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I cannot express how gripping and beautifully written this book is!

I just finished it last week, and literally could not put it down.

The Plot: In the late 1970s, the suave, debonair, worldly, and devious Tristan Mourault meets young 15-year old Amanda Miller in San Francisco. After careful manipulation by him, Amanda is clearly besotted, and agrees to run away with him. FAST FORWARD TO APPROXIMATELY FIFTEEN YEARS LATER. Tristan and Amanda (now named "Gisele", courtesty of Tristan) live a very cultured, refined, life in the highbrow village of Devon, Washington. Amanda/Gisele is caught up in the life that Tristan has carefully created for her, piece by piece. Amanda/Gisele's life is claustrophobic at best, as every bit of it is controlled by Tristan--from her husband Luke(a sham marriage), Tristan's best friend Robin (caring but sly), Amanda/Gisele's daugher, Nicola (more intuitive than her years), and Marc (jealous and insecure).

Within the space of a few chapters, a very unexpected guest enters the story, and tragedy soon strikes. The book then evolves into one of the best-written whodunits ever.

My Comments: Stockholm syndrome, murder, impotence, lust, DNA tests, highbrow art discussions, kidnapping--this book has it all!! I have researched the author, and apparently she was a nominee for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA), and let me be the first to say that she deserves it! I have had three different friends buy this book on their Kindles in the past few weeks because I can't stop raving about it.

Favorite Quote: Tristan's manic recitation to Amanda/Gisele of the poem "In Malice, Quite Close"

Rating from 1 to 10: 10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gayle G. Lin on September 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Life Imitates Art

On the same day Brandi Lynn Ryder's In Malice Quite Close found its way to me, I read a news article about a missing fifteen-year-old girl. Something led the authorities to believe she'd left home willingly in the company of a sex offender who is in his 30s. This item erased my questions concerning how a young girl could just disappear without being taken against her will.
This is somewhat a disturbing story told in a superbly written way that keeps you turning the pages.
Karen Miller was a waif, a shabbily dressed child living in not the best of circumstances.
A young man of European descent noticed her and was enamored. He spent days stalking her and planning how to make her his own. One night as he hid in her yard, observing her through her lighted bedroom window, he saw Karen's drunken father enter her room and begin to molest her. This gave our stalker the excuse he needed to "rescue" her.
He began to run into her at various sites until she noticed him and questioned why he was following her. He denied that fact and befriended her, drawing her in as sexual predators so expertly do. He convinced her to run away with him. After he medicated her into unconsciousness, he drew enough blood from her veins to set up a scene that would convince the authorities that Karen had been killed and thrown into the bay.
They drove from California to New York where he gave her a new name, Gisele, and introduced her to the art world as his daughter.
Fifteen years pass in which Gisele married and seven months later had a daughter. Her little family continued to live with her "father", Tristan. Her husband, Luke, an ineffective painter, discovered a secret room full of nude paintings of Gisele.
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Brandi Lynn Ryder was born in a small town in California's Gold Country and raised on a steady diet of stories, from the local lore to Dickens and Poe. She began writing poetry at the age of four and completed her first novel at nine: a mystery à la the Hardy Boys, called Treasure under the Nile (typed on her mother's Smith-Corona and bound in cardboard and construction paper). Her adult writing is influenced by her many passions: art, philosophy, travel, literature, classic movies and all things European. She makes her home in Napa Valley, drawing inspiration from the stunning landscape, gourmet cuisine, the local beverage and her beloved cat, Murphy.

In Malice, Quite Close is Brandi Lynn Ryder's first novel. In 2009, it was a finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel of the Year Award. She's currently at work on a loose sequel, entitled Like a Guilty Thing.