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At the start of this taut psychological thriller from Trinchieri (The Trouble with a Bad Fit and other mysteries under the names Camilla T. Crespi and Trella Crespi), Emma Perotti, an ESL teacher in Manhattan, enfolds one of her students, An-ling Huang, into her family, despite her husband Tom's distrust of the young Chinese woman. Emma is driven in part by the guilt she feels for the infant daughter she accidentally ran over and killed years before—a secret unknown to Tom, the child's father, and Emma's teenage son, Josh. As the bond between the women grows, Emma's marriage stalls. She moves into a loft with An-ling, but the arrangement sours as Emma prepares to return home and An-ling seduces Josh. When An-ling is found dead, Emma is charged with her murder. Though Emma's sudden obsession with An-ling and the family's final redemption both feel slightly forced, the novel is a gripping, intelligent read. Particularly compelling are its subtle insights into the nature of family, foreignness and the lies we tell ourselves and others even when our intentions are good. (June)
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ESL instructor Emma Perotti and her professor husband, Tom, had a near-perfect marriage until the day Emma accidentally struck and killed their two-year-old daughter with her car. Over time, a once-inconsolable Emma learns to navigate her grief. The couple rejoices in the birth of a son, and the future looks, if not bright, at least brighter. One day, a mysterious young artist named An-ling walks into Emma's classroom. The teacher feels an immediate connection with the 19-year-old woman, who seems to harbor deep sadness. (After the early death of her parents, teenager An-ling traded life in rural China for what seemed like a much better future in the States.) Emma develops a complex, emotionally charged friendship with An-ling, and when the young woman is found dead, she finds herself standing trial for her murder. Trinchieri, who has penned seven previous mysteries under the pseudonym Camilla Crespi, deftly interweaves multiple perspectives, from Emma's husband and son to key participants in the trial. The result is a potent psychological thriller about love, longing, and loss. Allison Block
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Press (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569474974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569474976
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,989,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joan Barist on June 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book enormously. It operated on several different levels; all of which meshed together beautifully.
On one hand it is a story of a family suffering from a great loss; and then again it is a murder trial. I loved the way it went back and forth between the trial and the people in the family all of whom perceived events in different ways. I also thought the relationship between the student and the teacher was beautifully drawn and showed the difficulties inherent in human relationships. The author's interest in Chinese culture was particulary fascinating. I think this is an author who has
created wonderful complex characters and a very strong plot.
I recommend it strongly. I could not put the book down.
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A thoughtful beautifully told taut psychological novel with each of the characters drawing the reader into their innermost thoughts and secrets. All building up to a exciting ending. A must read - you'll definitely enjoy this book. Kathy F. New York City
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By A Customer on June 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
In Manhattan Emma Perotti teaches English as a second language. Five years ago, Chinese immigrant An-ling Huang signed up to attend Emma's ESL class. Emma felt the frightened young girl's loneliness and overall defenselessness. Emma suffers from guilt from an incident involving the death of her other child as an infant. She has hidden her culpability from her husband Tom for years. she brings An-ling into her family.

Whereas An-ling thrives on her teacher's motherly attention; Tom is irate and resents the intruder; An-ling perceives his loathing Emma while Tom's teenage son Josh forges his own special relationship with her. However, when An-Ling is found suffocated to death, Emma is arrested. During her trial secrets the Perotti conceal from one another and that of the deceased Chinese woman surface.

This is an exciting family drama as guilty secrets lead to an implosion. The story line is fast paced from the moment Emma feels that helping the vulnerable An-ling will give her some solace from what she accidentally did years earlier to her little girl. Although the climax feels too easy, readers will appreciate this look at relationships when lies are key elements of the foundation.

Harriet Klausner
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Format: Hardcover
I don't know how this book is being marketed but it is both a regular novel and a crime novel. It was a pleasure to read such fine writing. I read a lot of crime novels and I seldom come across a book this well written. I won't call it a literary crime novel because I don't like that term. However, some would call it that.

The characters are well drawn and the plot is excellent. It's the kind of book I hated having to put down and couldn't wait to get back to. I'm happy I discovered a new writer. Read it.
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From the first surprising page to its stunning denouement, I found this book engrossing, entertaining, and fascinating: Engrossing because I didn't want to put it down despite the fact I had other important things to do; entertaining in its rivetting story line and the unique manner of presentation; and fascinating in its complex depiction of a cast of characters who, on the one hand, are universal and, on the other, are intriguing and unknowable. What a great read!
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This is a very well written book with beautifully developed and layered
characters. It depicts a family who has suffered a great loss and how
each member is affected by and deals with it. As deception becomes the rule rather than the exception, and unintended consequenses of actions
build upon themselves, the author deftly creates a world of suspense and
drama. These are characters you remember.
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I couldn't put this book down, it hooked me from the Prologue, and engaged me to the end, luring me with the twists and surprises, and moving me wonderfully with the writing - sometimes causing me to pause and then turn back the pages to see how she had carried me, the reader, from there to here. Breath-taking in parts, like when riding in an airplane and the plane is losing altitude.

The Price of Silence has gotten very good reviews as a page-turning, intriguing, very creative psychological thriller. New reviews emerged with the publishing of the paper back in June 2008. At the same time the Italian translation, Il prezzo del silenzio, was released in Italy, to great acclaim. The author as you might guess from her name, Camilla Trinchieri, is Italian American. Her father was Italian. She spent years working in Italy, and is fluent in Italian. Covered by multiple radio interviews, newspapers and magazines stories, the launch of the Italian book has received a lot of attention. For more information about the author visit [...] and keep an eye out for her next book!
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