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“A compelling blend of romance and suspense . . . ingeniously plotted.” —Publishers Weekly
“Beauman knows how to ladle up the requisite stew of passion, power, erotica, and evil.” —Booklist
“A sexy, nail-biting, page-turning thriller.” —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Her novels, which include the New York Times–bestselling sensation Destiny, have been translated into over twenty languages and are bestsellers worldwide. In addition to her works of fiction, Beauman published two nonfiction books based on the history and work of the Royal Shakespeare Company: The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Centenary Production of Henry V (edited by Beauman, with a foreword by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, 1976), and The Royal Shakespeare Company: A History of Ten Decades (1982).
Beauman passed away in 2016 at the age of seventy-one.
- ASIN : B00EZEX6CG
- Publisher : Open Road Media Romance; 1st edition (September 24, 2013)
- Publication date : September 24, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 3170 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 868 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #842,795 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Gini Hunter and Pascal Lamartine, as well as two others receive a rather disturbing parcel. Closely following that event, Gini, a reporter finds herself assigned a case with Pascal, a journalist photographer.
The case? To dig into John and Lise Hawthorne's marriage. Why?
John was once considered a promising presidential candidate. His beautiful wife, Lise, commanded the media's attention like Jackie Kennedy once did. But, then John accepted a position in London, puzzling many. Now rumors have begun to circulate that there is trouble in the marriage and not only that, John is perhaps involved in some rather kinky sex practices.
To complicate matters, Gini and Pascal share a history. Gini was a teenager when she met Pascal. He was under the impression she was older and the two began a torrid affair. Once Gini's world famous journalist father got wind of it, he intervened and it has now been twelve years since Gini and Pascal have seen each other.
Gini has focused on her career, while Pascal's took a nose dive and his marriage crumbled.
They attempt to work together as mature adults and leave the past behind them. That turns out to be easier said than done.
As their investigation heats up, other disturbing facts come to light, such as John's tour in Vietnam and his possible involvement in war atrocities. Also, Gini finds herself walking on eggshells around her former step-mother, whom she maintains a close relationship with, because Mary is close friends with the Hawthorne's.
Gini also find herself the victim of prank phone calls, break ins and other disturbing occurrences that are absolutely linked to the case she is working on.
First of all, let me warn you that this is a lengthy book, weighing in at over 700 pages.
This style of writing in contemporary and romantic suspense is not often attempted these days.
The story twist and turns and little by little facts are revealed that take us into the lurid world of John and Lise Hawthorne. Gini's relationship with her father also becomes intertwined in the case.
Shadowy figures emerge that may or may not be trustworthy. Gini becomes a pawn in the head games of John Hawthorne, his father, her father, her boss, and even to some extent Pascal.
The story was typical of the time period it was written in. The sexual perversions of politicians and the twisty plot lines, the locations, the job challenges for a female reporter, and the way men regarded career women.
While the book was interesting and I did want to know what was going to happen next, and was curious where all this would lead, I must confess to finding it hard to stay focused at times. The book was just over long. I think it could have been edited down a couple of hundred pages and we would never know the pages were missing.
The chemistry between Pascal and Gini was lukewarm. Pascal's marriage was of zero interest to me, since it didn't have a darn thing to do with the story line. Too many years had passed and Pascal and Gini were very different people. There were a few sparks here and there, but I got very aggravated at Pascal when he tried to manipulate Gini, even if he was trying to protect her.
I liked the book, but I didn't love it. I do recommend it to those who enjoy romantic suspense, even if the style is a bit outdated. I have never, to my knowledge, read anything by this author. I did select a couple of her other books, that were not as long, to try out. They sound interesting. So, although I had a few issues with the book, I am still interested in seeing what else the author has written and giving it a try.
Overall this one gets a C+.
The story is written in third person, mostly following Gini and Pascal. At the beginning of the book, there are four parcels that went out internationally – one went to Gini and one went to Pascal. The objects in the parcels are linked to a political scandal surrounding former Senator now ambassador, John Hawthorne. I think the characters are well developed. Throughout the book, you are never quite sure if one of the characters is telling the truth or not to Gini and Pascal. Gini and Pascal have a past that eventually unfolds during the story. Gini was raised by her step-mother in England because her father ignored her; her step-mother and father were divorced. She always wanted to show him that she could do things – such as journalism. Pascal took pictures of war and now handles scandals as well. Both are thrown together after twelve years to cover a scandal. Can their past get in their way or cause a distraction?
One complaint I have of the book is the length. I think it could have been shortened down and still would have been good. At times, I felt like all the twists and turns (making not only the characters doubt themselves, but you as well) could have been condensed. I like twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. However, for the length of the book, it is a little much. The last part of the book definitely picked up pace and had more action. The book is labeled as "thriller" but I think it is more "mystery" instead. Thrillers tend to be a little more fast-paced throughout the book – at least the ones I have read.
I must admit that reading the book set in the 1990s I forgot how unavailable people could be without cells/mobiles. I had to stop myself a few times and say, "No, they can't just call their cell phones. They don't have any!"
Overall, it was a good book. If you like mystery romance novels with hints of scandal, then you might want to try this book.
Top reviews from other countries
She tells a good story, writes with style and develops her characters well, though on this occasion I found some of them a bit irritating. Some are also derivative - for example, it's hard not to see a major American political family lurking none to subtly. It's quite a tome, but it's light reading, so don't be put off by that, and I'm pretty sure it'll keep you turning the pages.
The plot is dense, full of suprises and completely enthralling, and the characters 3-dimensional and alive. Wonderful!