Overview - Brooke Morgan makes her dazzling debut with Tainted --a novel of unrelenting suspense that immediately rockets her into the upper echelons alongside Joy Fielding, Tana French, Mary Higgins Clark, and other masters of everyday terror. Read more...
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Brooke Morgan makes her dazzling debut with Tainted
--a novel of unrelenting suspense that immediately rockets her into the upper echelons alongside Joy Fielding, Tana French, Mary Higgins Clark, and other masters of everyday terror. Evocatively set against the seemingly placid backdrop of Cape Code, Tainted
twists and turns and constantly surprises with the story of a single mother, her sensitive daughter, and the mysterious man who takes over their lives. Shocking, unexpected, and absolutely riveting, nothing in Tainted
is quite what it seems.
- ISBN-13: 9780061853371
- ISBN-10: 0061853372
- Publisher: Avon A
- Publish Date: December 2009
- Page Count: 429
- Dimensions: 7.86 x 5.54 x 1.06 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.73 pounds
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The real-life murder case of British toddler Jamie Bulger helped inspire Morgan's excellent debut, an impeccably paced suspense novel set on Cape Cod. When 17-year-old Holly Barrett becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with 18-year-old Billy Madison, Billy, who comes from a privileged background, splits after learning the news. Five years later, Billy returns to Shoreham, Mass., eager to be a father, but Holly's not interested. Having endured the loss of her parents and not trusting Billy, she's content living on Birch Point with Katy, her five-year-old daughter; her granddad, Henry; and Henry's dog, Bones. After meeting a handsome Englishman, Jack Dane, Holly dives headfirst into a quickie marriage, despite signs Jack isn't who he says he is. Henry, who's initially pleased, begins noticing Jack acting inappropriately with Katy. Morgan, a U.S. ex-pat living in the U.K., successfully exploits the classic woman-in-jeopardy (plus child) theme. (Dec.)