"There," says Alice Hayward to Reverend Stephen Drew, just after her baptism. Twelve hours later, she suffers a violent death at the hands of her husband who will kills shoots himself. But when the medical examiner autopsies the two bodies, what appeared to be a straightforward case of domestic abuse, turns out to be far more complex. Given the ...
"There," says Alice Hayward to Reverend Stephen Drew, just after her baptism. Twelve hours later, she suffers a violent death at the hands of her husband who will kills shoots himself. But when the medical examiner autopsies the two bodies, what appeared to be a straightforward case of domestic abuse, turns out to be far more complex. Given the angle of the bullet and the amount of blood spattered around the room, he can only conclude that someone other than George Hayward fired the gun. Told through the eyes of four narrators, SECRETS OF EDEN is full of twists and turns, making you question the innocence of each character. Stephen Drew goes first and wins our trust as he draws us into his world, describing his shock at the violence that hit this small, sleepy town, and his sudden loss of faith which ultimately will make him flee. But Catherine Benincasa, the tough State Attorney, has her suspicions about Drew. Following is Heather Laurent, whose appearance in the town on the day after the killings is curious in itself; she is a bestselling author of national fame, far removed from this local community. And yet she herself lost her parents in similar circumstances and easily identifies with Alice's 15-year-old daughter, Katie, who was safely at a rock concert with her best friend the evening her parents died, well away from the killer's reach...
370 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Like New. FICTION. A haunting literary thriller and a deeply evocative testament to the inner complexities that mark all our lives. Once again, Chris Bohjalian has given us a riveting page-turner in which nothing is precisely what it seems. "Few writers can manipulate a plot with Bohjalian's grace and power."--New York Times Book Review (Key Words: Novels, Psychological Fiction, Chris Bohjalian, Thrillers, Murder Mysteries).
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