Lady of Virtues Mar 2, 2008
The dangers surrounding this mental hospital have shown in many a Jackson novel. That there are so many stories that can be told and so well, without repetition is great. Another fine Jackson suspense novel. This one does not seem to have much to do with the hospital other than Eve's father worked there. At least at first. Eve's story starts with her knowledge that perhaps the man she loves/loved has tried to kill her. She cannot be sure. Her memory is shot from a head wound. Cole was her love - surely he was not so jealous he followed her to a hidden cabin to murder her because he felt she had a lover? After all, she was only there for information. He did follow her because he was unsure. He finds danger and she has seen him. However, it is not as it appears - at least at first. He sits in jail while the case falls apart against him. Set on a course to prove his innocence (well, the stuff he is innocent of at least - because he is guilty of some) once he is freed brings danger to Eve again. This whole intricate plot is borne of a devious mind. Someone close to Eve in ways no one knows and also to the case. The danger touches not only Eve, but her family. They combine forces because they still love and even though wary that each has lied - they work to try to figure out the whole story - even if it is not what they want to hear. Montoya and Paterno are again in the case, as are their ladies from other books (as well as Paterno's daughter). The number of people related in the book grows and stems from the prior books. This is a great Jackson novel and one you will likely read again.