The dynamics of this menage a trois are brilliantly narrated. Alice LaPlante has a grasp of the human condition that is generous and smart. This is a novel of manners - not Jane Austen but a contemporary take on our own needs and romance and love and frailties.
~Frayda— From A Circle of Wives
March 2014 Indie Next List
“What would you do if you discovered your husband had another wife, or even two, at the same time that he is married to you? Full of marital and murderous deception, LaPlante's new novel echoes the tension and suspense of her previous work, Turn of Mind, and leads the reader down a path of betrayal, power, passion, and terror. A fabulous read!”
— Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT
* An Indie Next Pick
* A LibraryReads Selection
* An Amazon Best Book of the Month (Mysteries & Thrillers)
* A Daily Candy Best Book of March
* One of "More" Magazine's "Five Thrillers Not to Read After Dark"
When Dr. John Taylor turns up dead in a hotel room, the local police uncover enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. Detective Samantha Adams, whose Palo Alto beat usually covers petty crimes, is innocently thrown into a high-profile case that is more complicated than any she has faced before. A renowned reconstructive surgeon and a respected family man, Dr. Taylor was beloved and admired. But beneath his perfect facade was a hidden lifein fact, multiple lives. Dr. Taylor was married to three very different women in three separate cities. As the circumstances surrounding his death emerge, Detective Adams finds herself tracking down a murderer through a tangled web of marital deception and revenge. "New York Times" bestselling author Alice LaPlante's haunting and complex novel of family secrets dissectswith scalpel-like agilitythe intricacies of desire and commitment, trust and jealousy.
About the Author
Alice LaPlante is an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction. She teaches creative writing at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer. She also teaches in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. Her fiction has been widely published in "Epoch," "Southwestern Review," and other literary journals. Alice is the author of six books, including the LA Times bestseller "Method and Madness: The Making of a Story" (W.W. Norton 2009). Her first novel, "Turn of Mind," was a "New York Times," NPR, and American Independent Booksellers Association bestseller, won the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and was named a "New York Times" and "Booklist" Editors' Choice and a #1 IndieNextPick. She lives with her family in Northern California. Author website: alicelaplante.com