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The Divided Child [Kindle Edition]

Ekaterine Nikas
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Book Description

Sunny Greece turns deadly....

All Christine Stewart wants is a relaxing vacation on the beautiful Greek island of Corfu. Then she meets nine-year-old Michael Redfield and saves him from being crushed by a falling piece of Byzantine stone.

Invited to spend the rest of her holiday at the luxurious villa where Michael is staying with his family, Christine soon realizes something is wrong with the Redfield clan.

Michael's stepmother is openly hostile, her brother is charmingly seductive, and Michael's handsome uncle seems obsessed with the death of his brother--Michael's father.

Christine has no desire to become even more deeply embroiled in the family's problems, but how can she abandon Michael when she learns he is the pawn in a nasty custody battle...and the target of a killer?

Editorial Reviews


"... a gripping tale of murder and deceit, with exciting plot twists and turns . . . . A startling, satisfying ending!" -- Lynne Remick, Writers Moon reViews/eDreams Greece Guide

"...a superb debut novel complete with hidden secrets and surprise motivations that are guaranteed to keep readers guessing." -- Megan Kopp, Romance Reviews Today

"...marvelous book filled with all the right ingredients -- a suspenseful plot, a dashing, mysterious hero and a dazzling Greek setting. -- Christiane Heggan, author of ENEMY WITHIN and BLIND FAITH

"A haunting intrigue reminiscent of DuMaurier's "Rebecca," but set against the golden glow of the Greek isles." -- Jill Jones, author of BLOODLINE and REMEMBER YOUR LIES

"Excellent romantic mystery set totally in myth filled Greece." -- Detra Fitch, Huntress Book Reviews

"The Divided Child harkens back to the gothic thrillers of old, including the exotic and beautiful setting. Good reading fun." -- Jill M. Smith, Romantic Times

"With descriptions of Greece that instantly transport the reader to sun filled days...a rich and fascinating romantic mystery" -- Lizzie Hayes, Mystery Women

The Divided Child is Ekaterine Nikas's first book and it is Absolutely wonderful. -- Robyn Glazer,

From the Author

I was inspired to write this book by a photograph and a news article. The photograph was one I took on the Greek island of Corfu. An oncoming storm had dimmed the usually brilliant Greek sky to a brooding and ominous grey, and untold stories seemed to hover in the air like incipient raindrops.

Then I read an article about a three-year-old heiress and the wrangling that surrounded the custody battle for her. All custody battles are hard, but I began to wonder what would happen to a child who was fought over not because he was wanted, but because he was worth a fortune, especially if the custody battle began to turn deadly.

Suddenly I imagined just such a child watching the storm approach, hoping for better times, but surrounded by danger. And I imagined another figure there as well, standing next to him. A woman who'd suffered her own battles, but couldn't turn away from a child who needed her protection.

That's how THE DIVIDED CHILD was born. I hope you enjoy the story.

Product Details

  • File Size: 939 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Little Fox (March 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! November 5, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you like romance, if you like mystery, if you like intrigue and fast-paced suspense -- you will LOVE this book. Set against the lush and beautiful backdrop of Greece, THE DIVIDED CHILD is a breathtaking novel that kept me turning pages far into the night. Full of twists and turns and startling revelations, I was torn between wanting to reach the end so that I could at last unravel all the secrets, and hating to reach the end because I wanted to keep reading. I'm amazed to learn that this is the author's debut novel -- she's a pro. Ms. Nikas, I'm waiting impatiently for your next book!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad for a debut novel - but could be better July 1, 2002
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Miss Nikas's book is very much in the tradition of the incomparable Mary Stewart, and indeed she even uses the same setting, the Greek island of Corfu, that Stewart did in This Rough Magic. Her heroine is even surnamed Stewart which seems a sort of homage to her literary ancestress. However the books falls a bit short of Mary Stewart in her heyday. Corfu is a setting that came alive in This Rough Magic, but which falls flat here for for some reason. The setting never seems to come to life and Miss Nikas does not have Miss Stewart's gift for descriptive narrative.
And as others have said, much of the plot is far-fetched, especially for a 21st century setting. The heroine's meeting with the young boy at the center of the plot is forced and unlikely. Modern children should know full-well that they should not speak to strangers, rather than cozy up to them and become their tour guides.
Additionally, the boy's reason for being at the spot where the heroine meets him is far-fetched and unlikely when eventually revealed. It was a difficult feat for a 9-year-old to accomplish to be there, and the person who asked him to do it should have known such a thing would be very diffcult and have suggested a far easier and more convenient meeting place.
As others have said, no 21st century woman would be very likely to force herself into the home of a complete stranger who dislikes her and a playboy who lusts after her. A silly and odd thing for a young woman to do. And the way the heroine treats the purported hero of the book makes me crazy to the point of wanting to slap her upside the head.
But despite some serious flaws the books moves along excitingly if you are willing to suspend belief a little bit. The plot is complex and satisfying. I can't rate this book at highly as I would the books of Mary Stewart, but I enjoyed it quite well enough that if Miss Nikas produces another I would certainly give it a try.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read if you like romantic suspense! June 6, 2001
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Newcomer Ekaterine Nikas arrives on the scene with a sure hit. I read this book in one sitting. If you like suspense, romance, action and tantalizing characters, then "The Divided Child" will fit your bill. The masters, Mary Stewart and Phyllis Whitney would be proud. I look forward to many more reads from this author. WTG, Ms. Nikas.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as Barbara Michaels! April 4, 2001
By Colleen
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I could not put this book down!
If you like Barbara Michaels, you will love The Divided Child! It has the perfect blend of suspense and romance, and I couldn't figure out exactly who the villain was until the very end. To me, that makes a great story!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss THE DIVIDED CHILD. June 15, 2001
By Claire
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For fans of Phyllis Whitney, Mary Stewart, and Barbara Michaels, reading Ms. Nikas' debut novel will be like curling up with a familiar old first. The lush settings, gorgeous language and fully realized characters make this book an absolute joy to read, and soon the clever twists and turns of the labyrinthine plot have you too busy guessing what will happen next to think about comparisons. Ms. Nikas makes a stunning debut and I look forward to more murder, mystery and romance from this very talented author.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Ekaterine Nikas is an extremely talented writer who weaves the many strands of this intriguing and suspenseful book together in a thoroughly satisfying story. Set in Greece, the whole story seems to shimmer with the beauty of this country which the author obviously loves and knows well. Ms. Nikas has a gift for drawing characters that are both interesting and real. Her dialog is crisp and believable, and the banter between the hero and heroine is entertaining.
What more can I say? I loved this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Divided Child October 26, 2001
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A real page turner! The characters were so vivid. Easy to have a mental image of each and every person. I was in suspense from beginning to end, with lots of twists and turns. I am looking forward to the next book from this refreshing new author!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winner! December 20, 2001
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Although I'm not much of a "romance" reader, I thoroughly enjoyed The Divided Child from cover to cover and found it difficult to put down. The setting is gorgeous and inviting, the chacters well drawn, the "who done it" portion intriguing; but the real treat is the beautiful writing of Ms. Nikas. Her words flow effortlessly and warm the reader like the sunny beaches of Greece itself. I highly recommend this book to all who enjoy romantic suspense, and look forward to more from this talented author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't read the book
The spacing for the digital book was really off and words at the end of each line were cut off. After the first page I was already lost because I was missing critical information... Read more
Published 5 days ago by April Frazier
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fast moving and exciting!
Published 14 days ago by Ann
3.0 out of 5 stars Divided Child
Good story, characters, and plot. Sometimes drawn out more than needed. Overall a good read. Why do these reviews have to be 20 words?
Published 1 month ago by FingerLakesgal
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book; it is the first book that I've found that is written in the style of one of my favorite mystery authors, Mary Stewart (particularly Madam Will You Talk). Read more
Published 1 month ago by hutch50
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I completely enjoyed this book.Easy to read..good mystery.....liked the characters. I'd recommend this to anyone.Will read this author's work again.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Romantic Mystery
This was a fun read along the lines of Mary Stewart. Ekaterine Nikas is clearly a fan of the late Stewart's romantic suspense novels, and THE DIVIDED CHILD is reminiscent of them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tom S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
But Lord love a duck....get rid of the underlining. It detracts from a good read. Other than that it is a fine read. I especially liked descriptions of the island.
Published 2 months ago by jerri
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth Reading
Once again I am surprised how this book could have garnished so many 5 star reviews. I wanted to like particularly as it's set in Greece and on one of our most beautiful if not... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Annie Athens
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable ...
I completely enjoyed it. I love an author whose writing holds my interest. I have read all of her books on my kindle and have not been disappointed.
Published 2 months ago by Teresa Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Best kindle book that I have read so far
Best kindle book that I have read so far.
Published 2 months ago by Penny from Maine
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