Quiet Dell



[Epub] ➣ Quiet Dell ➤ Jayne Anne Phillips – E17streets4all.co.uk A spectacularly riveting novel based on a real life crime by a con man who preyed on widows a brilliant fusion of fact and fiction, Jayne Anne Phillips has written the novel of the year Stephen King t A spectacularly riveting novel based on a real life crime by a con man who preyed on widows a brilliant fusion of fact and fiction, Jayne Anne Phillips has written the novel of the year Stephen King think In Cold Blood meets The Lovely Bones but sexy PeopleIn Chicago in , Asta Eicher, a lonely mother of three, is desperate for money after the sudden death of her husband She begins to receive seductive letters from a chivalrous, elegant man named Harry Powers, who promises to cherish and protect her, ultimately to marry her and to care for her and her children Weeks later, Asta and her three children are deadEmily Thornhill, one of the few women journalists in the Chicago press, wants to understand what happened to this beautiful family, particularly to the youngest child, Annabel, an enchanting girl with a precocious imagination and sense of magic Determined, Emily travels to West Virginia to cover the murder trial and to investigate the story herself, accompanied by a charming and unconventional photographer equally drawn to the case These heroic characters, driven by secrets of their own, will stop at nothing to ensure Powers is convictedA tragedy, a love story, and a tour de force of obsession, Jayne Anne Phillips s Quiet Dell hauntingly imagines the victims hopes, dreams, and terror O, The Oprah Magazine It is a mesmerizing and deeply moving novel from one of America s most celebrated writers.Quiet Dell

Jayne Anne Phillips is an American novelist and short story writer Phillips graduated from West Virginia University, earning a BA in , and later graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of IowaPhillips has held teaching positions at several colleges and universities, including Harvard University, Williams College, and Boston University She is currently Professor of English and Founder Director of the Rutgers Newark Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing ProgramIn , Truck Press published her first short story collection Sweethearts, for which Phillips earned a Pushcart Prize Lark Termite, her fourth novel, published in , was selected as one of five finalists for the National Book Award in fiction Phillips works have been translated and published in twelve foreign languages She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Bunting Fellowship from the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe CollegePhillips and her husband, Dr Mark Stockman, have two sons.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader trial and to investigate the story herself, accompanied by a charming and unconventional photographer equally drawn to the case These heroic characters, driven by secrets of their own, will stop at nothing to ensure Powers is convictedA tragedy, a love story, and a tour de force of obsession, Jayne Anne Phillips s Quiet Dell hauntingly imagines the victims hopes, dreams, and terror O, The Oprah Magazine It is a mesmerizing and deeply moving novel from one of America s most celebrated writers."/>
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  • 08 June 2019
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10 thoughts on “Quiet Dell

  1. says:

    this is one of those labor of love projects authors undertake that are ultimatelymeaningful for them than interesting for their audience there is nothing bad about the novel, not at all, but it unfolds in a well intentioned but somewhat self indulgent way that ends up readinglike a personal, therapeutic exercise than an entertaining novel quiet dell is based on a true crime case that haunted phillips the story of a man in the 1930 s who courted wealthy widows through lonely heart this is one of those labor of love projects authors undertake that are ultimatelymeaningful for them than interesting for their audience there is nothing bad about the novel, not at all, but it unfolds in a well intentioned but somewhat self indulgent way that ends up readinglike a personal, therapeutic exercise than an entertaining novel quiet dell is based on a true crime case that haunted phillips the story of a man in the 1930 s who courted wealthy widows through lonely hearts ads, promised them marriage and stability and kindness, and then killed them phillips spent years writing this novel, and it is clear that she did her research, to give this one murdered family a mother and three children, a memorial of sorts here is a link to some of the real life bits lot of it is quite good the first section is the strongest where we meet the family soon to be slaughtered which is problematic we are introduced to them as humans with distinct personalities and dreams and talents, even though we know they are going to be brutally murdered this is so we all feel the same outrage as phillips felt, the outrage that made her write this book in the first place but when they are the most interesting and three dimensional characters we are going to meet in the book, it feels doubly cruel when they are taken away.i appreciate that she was so inspired and moved by the crime that she felt she had to give the eichers a voice and shine a light on a case that few may have heard about but despite such fascinating source material, i found myself frequently bored which makes me feel callous, but there it is the idea of this charismatic predator who took advantage of desperate women reaching out for companionship in a time where these sorts of crimes were less common, and women trusted in human decency and the idea of finding their prince that is so heartbreakingly abused by this man this idea should have been enough to carry the novel, but i felt that the story as written just wasn t enough to hold my interest.the romantic angle in this was the weakest element i am not a fan of that YA staple of insta love, but i can excuse it in novels that are intended for a younger audience whose hormones are all a raging and are accustomed to instant gratification and fast pacing in their books, where details are sometimes spared grown humans know better, or should and i just don t buy that an adult woman in the nineteen thirties, in a male dominated profession who has had to prove herself time and again, would throw herself at a married man in, like, an hour and for the two of them to fall instantly and all encompassingly in love, particularly since she was enmeshed in a criminal case where women were murdered when they were too trusting of strange men, it just doesn t wash i kept waiting for the situation to turn, to become dangerous, but no this novel operates in a fantasy land where victimized women get justice and passionate, intelligent women are objects of considerate worship, orphans get rescued, dogs help solve crimes, and ghosts flit around observing the wreckage of their deaths until justice is done.emily is a journalist, drawn to the case, and she goes through the novel, attracting men to her like flies to honey, including a homosexual man who instantly feels comfortable letting his guard down around her and maybeand sharing the secret he kept from all others, while she s also sexually attracting a bevy of heterosexual men and rescuing an orphan and righting wrongs wherever she goes, withlatitude than she seems to have earned it reads like pure fantasy, and grates against what should be the meat of the story i can appreciate the light in the darkness, but here the contrast is too great.in fact, the story i felt the most empathy for was that of duty, the eicher s dog he came to them after his old family had been swept away in a tornado, and then he lost his new family to a murderer while he remained in the home with a sitter and i started thinking about how a dog could even process this the sudden inexplicable vanishing of two entire sets of loved ones, who never saw the bodies of any of them, and what effect that sort of confusion must have had on him yeah, i am most emotionally invested in the dog i was emotionally invested in the family, in the first third, but once they were murdered, and the long process of investigation and trial and sentencing set in, they were only a glimmer, despite some fanciful ghostings this may have worked better for me withsplicing of eicher family story with the emily story, but i don t know i wanted to love it, but it was just too tidy sweet for me, too spunky girl reporter rights wrongs but i would welcome you people reading it and telling me where i went wrong, because this time, i think it might just be me.come to my blog

  2. says:

    What a mess I thought I was going to be reading a quasi true crime story about how Harry Powers met and murdered several women who were seeking husbands through lonely hearts correspondence embellished by some fictional characters who would get me deeper into the story Instead, I got a ridiculous romance, and one of the worst books I have ever read OK, here it goes Emily Thornhill, a completely unbelievable character orphaned, rich, educated, single, speaking French fluently due to her su What a mess I thought I was going to be reading a quasi true crime story about how Harry Powers met and murdered several women who were seeking husbands through lonely hearts correspondence embellished by some fictional characters who would get me deeper into the story Instead, I got a ridiculous romance, and one of the worst books I have ever read OK, here it goes Emily Thornhill, a completely unbelievable character orphaned, rich, educated, single, speaking French fluently due to her summers on the continent with her wealthy farming grandparents who lived in Iowa I guess farmers in Iowa do not need to spend the growing season on their farm , is assigned to cover the Powers case along with Eric Lindstrom, an orphaned, rich, educated, closeted gay photojournalist They immediately develop a bond that will be lifelong The first thing Emily does is visit Park Ridge, Illinois where several of the murder victims have lived, and meets the victims banker William Malone rich, noble, educated, who speaks French fluently, and rides magnificent steeds through the local park He s married, but his wife suffers from an Alzheimer like illness so when William and Emily fall in love on first sight and immediately develop a bond that will be lifelong, the icky business of his having a wife is just evidence of William s nobility he decides not to abandon his incapacitated wife Instead they will just live together on the weekends in Chicago where he has business interests, and, after exchanging rings in the graveyard of the murder victims and speaking their vows from the heart in the presence of the murdered children, they will spend the summers in Paris posing as husband and wife because he also has business interests in Paris, and they both speak French fluently Along the way, Emily adopts the murder victims dog with whom she immediately develops a bond that will be lifelong, and also adopts a street urchin orphaned, poor, but with a sharp mind and noble character with whom she immediately develops a bond that will be lifelong, well, except for those summers she will spend in Paris with her husband during which months, the former urchin will be either attending boarding school thanks to rich Uncle Eric Lindstrom or learning French along with his mother and father in Paris ARRRGGGHHH As you can tell, I hated the plot.Emily careens between being feisty concocting a plot whereby Powers will be confronted by the dog to see if the dog will identify him, although for what purpose this is done is not clear and being weak and womanly when confronted by the a grisly detail about the murder, Emily returns to her hotel room, waits for Eric to arrive and then pours an entire jug of water over her head yes, you heard me she is so upset she pours a pitcher of water over her head and then stands in the room shivering uncontrollably until Eric takes charge of the situation and has her change her clothes and puts her to bed ARRRGGGHHH As you can tell I hated the characterizations.And the dialogue When William arrives to attend the murder trial, there is this exchange between Emily and William Oh, my darling I am so happy that you are here Yes, my darling Emily, I am here You must kiss me now, again and again and again Yes, my darling Emily, I will ARRGGGHHH And then there is the priceless scene where, in the middle of blinding blizzard, Emily and William sit in a gazebo by the ice skating rink in the park where the murder trial is being held, and Emily takes his hands and he sees that she has left her underpants off and inserted her pessary and she proceeds straddle him and to have sex with him in the public gazebo in the snowstorm, after which Emily rushes off because she has to meet with the sheriff with whom she had immediately developed a deep bond and who is described as having a powerful torso and possessing animal virility and get important inside information regarding the trial, and check on the urchin and the dog, who she left in her hotel room ARRGGGHHH OK, I think you see how much I hated this book The most frustrating issue is that after sticking with this book through 14 disks one complete disk devoted to Emily accompanying the bodies of the murder victims to Park Ridge , I still do not know how the murder victims died, or what was on the murderer s mind as he lured these women and their families to their deaths That was what I thought the book was supposed to be about, and instead, I got a lot of clap trap

  3. says:

    As we all know, reading is a matter of taste, and two big elements here are not to my taste First, the love story is too romance y, even though I understand its purpose, reminding me of how I felt about Orringer s The Invisible Bridge the one flaw for me in that work of historical fiction was the romance Interestingly, and perhaps not coincidentally, a principal of each love story is based on, or is a homage to, a relative of the writer Second, the main theme of good arising from tragedy As we all know, reading is a matter of taste, and two big elements here are not to my taste First, the love story is too romance y, even though I understand its purpose, reminding me of how I felt about Orringer s The Invisible Bridge the one flaw for me in that work of historical fiction was the romance Interestingly, and perhaps not coincidentally, a principal of each love story is based on, or is a homage to, a relative of the writer Second, the main theme of good arising from tragedy was stated too obviously and often for my taste.Unlike the several other works I ve read by Phillips, the writing didn t pull me in for the most part, though I found the sections of magical realism for lack of a better term the best written I didn t care, though, for the ability of the main character, Emily, to sense things out of the blue, though the reader suspects this intuition comes from one of the murdered children I much prefer Phillips Lark Termite for the blending of fact and fiction, and a well done fanciful scene I still remember.Perhaps the characterization of Emily, a newspaper reporter, is my main issue The dialogue she shares with her two closest friends seems by turns a bit anachronistic and then at times too hokey In her depiction one of my pet peeves is employed a beautiful woman being so attractive that every male thinks so, even when that s not pertinent to the story I know she s the lone female doing her job among several powerful men, but every single one of them seems to be smitten with her in one way or another Perhaps that s also the fault of Emily being a homage to the writer s mother I didn t know this until after I finished the book it s stated in the acknowledgments Perhaps I expected too much based on what I ve read of Phillips previously

  4. says:

    The first part of this book was wonderful as we came to know doomed Asta Eicher and her children It is after the death of the family the book goes downhill Invented character Emily Thornhill seems to suffer from Bella Swan itis, everyman falls instantly in love with her even the gay ones and need to protect her Emily s instant love with William was not believable at all and cheapened this story If only Phillips had stuck to the real people in this case, the book would have been so much bet The first part of this book was wonderful as we came to know doomed Asta Eicher and her children It is after the death of the family the book goes downhill Invented character Emily Thornhill seems to suffer from Bella Swan itis, everyman falls instantly in love with her even the gay ones and need to protect her Emily s instant love with William was not believable at all and cheapened this story If only Phillips had stuck to the real people in this case, the book would have been so much better deeper The real historical details are so tragic and fascinating that Phillips should not have needed to insert these 2D characters A wasted opportunity as Phillips is a great writer

  5. says:

    Quiet Dell, West Virginia one can hardly imagine a less appropriate name for a town where a serial killer murdered five women and children in 1931 Haunted by this real life tragedy that took place near her hometown, Phillips makes much of the contrast between the name s suggestion of a safe countryside idyll and the gritty reality of what happened there Her latest novel is an intriguing blend of true crime and historical fiction it starts off like Little Women and morphs into In Cold Blood w Quiet Dell, West Virginia one can hardly imagine a less appropriate name for a town where a serial killer murdered five women and children in 1931 Haunted by this real life tragedy that took place near her hometown, Phillips makes much of the contrast between the name s suggestion of a safe countryside idyll and the gritty reality of what happened there Her latest novel is an intriguing blend of true crime and historical fiction it starts off like Little Women and morphs into In Cold Blood with a journalist heroine, hints of The Lovely Bones running through.Names are crucial to this book, and they re often strangely prescient The murderer, a Dutch immigrant who attracted his victims mostly middle aged widows with modest inheritances through targeted lonelyhearts ads, was variously known as Cornelius O Pierson or Harry F Powers, but his real name was Harm Drenth Journalists in town to cover his trial stayed at the Gore Hotel and met with Sheriff Grimm Pierson s lawyer had the surname Law, and the judge in the case was a Mr Southern You know what they say about truth being stranger than fiction Phillips wouldn t have gotten away with such symbolic naming if it wasn t all historical.There were many cases of missing women, from the Midwest to the East Coast, that would never be definitively tied to Pierson the ladykiller, but Phillips focuses on the deaths of the Eicher family A Danish American from the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois, Asta Eicher was a widow with three children, Grethe, Hart and Annabel In the novel s early scenes, readers are invited into the bosom of the family for Christmas 1930, with the children performing a holiday play This section of domestic warmth reminded me oddly of Little Women It is, of course, destined to be short lived In July of 1931, Asta Eicher accompanied Pierson to West Virginia to set up house with him there she was already dead by the time Pierson came back to drive the three children to the Quiet Dell garage that would be the site of their torture and burial.Phillips could have recounted everything in a dull, matter of fact chronology, but instead she revivifies this doomed family through passages from each of the main players perspectives We even get two pages from Pierson s point of view he seems not so much insane as driven by violent physical instinct His blood is singing He s entered that outer region in which it all begins a penumbra around his head pulses like the charged gray emanation of a sunspot He peers into a cloudiness in which flashes of brilliant red appear Annabel, the youngest of the Eicher children, is a charming, plucky character, and Phillips grants her an enduring and even posthumous presence it would be oversimplifying to call her a ghost She finds herself in some new element, moving as a swimmer might tread water, and rises farther still a night sky opens to receive her She knows the constellations and begins to count the stars Thankfully, Phillips does not take readers into the garage with Pierson and his victims, but lets us, with Annabel, soar above it all All the gruesome details will come to light in time for the trial, but for now we fly overhead.We land in Illinois later that summer, where the new protagonist one of Phillips s few inventions is Emily Thornhill, a lady journalist for the Chicago Tribune who has chosen an unconventional life a married lover who, Rochester like, has an invalid wife locked away at home and, later on, an orphaned West Virginia urchin, Mason, who becomes her archivist and then her surrogate son As Emily and her fellow journalist Eric Lindstrom, a closeted homosexual, tour the town and learn the case s gory particulars, the book starts to channel Truman Capote s In Cold Blood or Paul Collins s The Murder of the Century, with black and white photographs and newspaper clippings reinforcing the book s historicity.Emily is no sentimentalist, but still she is deeply affected by the Eichers fate, especially Annabel s She is captivated by some of the material artifacts the family left behind, such as Annabel s doll and drawings and Hart s ice skates Seeing their effects displayed on the lawn for an estate sale troubles her greatly She did not believe in evil, but in mistakes and conditions, in cause and effect across arcs so long that history might seem reasonless, but never was Or, at least, that s what she declares to start with, but when she meets Pierson in person and learns aboutof his crimes including the murder of Dorothy Lemke, the only one for which he was actually tried , she starts to wonder whether evil might exist after all.Negatives 1 The narrative can drag between the crime and the trial I wondered if Phillips might have interspersed passages from before and after, much as Anthony Doerr does in All the Light We Cannot See it would be a way of maintaining interest and pace, also ensuring that the novel doesn t reveal too much too early 2 I thought Emily and William s romance was melodramatic and unnecessary also surprisingly erotic for 1931 For a serious book, there is still plenty of levity, much of it provided by Duty, the Eichers Boston terrier Now there s another symbolic name for you Duty was twice bereaved before the Eichers, his first family died in a tornado What a peculiar character, for he was certainly not a mere dog Indeed, he is a wonderful character in his own right, and even appears in a photograph on page 239 Also, the fact that the trial took place in an opera house gives plenty of opportunities for theatrical metaphors about the various players in the case.I d never read any Jayne Anne Phillips before, but I ve heard her mentioned as an exemplar of dirty realism, and based on this evidence I would certainly readfrom her Suggestions on what to read next from her are welcome

  6. says:

    What an interesting little book Quiet Dell, WV is a small town where a series of murders took place in the 30s I started listening to this book and became engaged in the Eicher family and their dynamic, all of a sudden, the story took a dark and dramatic turn, and that s when I found myself re reading the back cover summary A serial killer A true story How intriguingEmily Thornhill, lead journalist, does her best to put the facts together and discover what happened to the family that What an interesting little book Quiet Dell, WV is a small town where a series of murders took place in the 30s I started listening to this book and became engaged in the Eicher family and their dynamic, all of a sudden, the story took a dark and dramatic turn, and that s when I found myself re reading the back cover summary A serial killer A true story How intriguingEmily Thornhill, lead journalist, does her best to put the facts together and discover what happened to the family that disappeared A cast of memorable characters my favorite being Duty the brave family dog The book ran a little off topic at times and there were parts that I don t feel added to the storyline or integrity of this case view spoiler The love story between Emily William just felt out of place and unnecessary hide spoiler I did enjoy the pictures and actual quotes regarding the case Very interesting take on a real life widow murderer

  7. says:

    What was Jayne Anne Phillips thinking This could have been a wonderfully written portrait of a serial killer and the family he destroyed, and in the first few pages, it is Enter Emily Thornhill from stage right, and the book loses all its built up poignancy in one single paragraph Miss Phillips only wrote 4 imaginary characters aforementioned Emily, a gay colleague who s sworn to her, an orphan straight out of Dickens who s also sworn to her or pretty much and a mother in law to the dead What was Jayne Anne Phillips thinking This could have been a wonderfully written portrait of a serial killer and the family he destroyed, and in the first few pages, it is Enter Emily Thornhill from stage right, and the book loses all its built up poignancy in one single paragraph Miss Phillips only wrote 4 imaginary characters aforementioned Emily, a gay colleague who s sworn to her, an orphan straight out of Dickens who s also sworn to her or pretty much and a mother in law to the dead Asta Eicher who says it s pretty cool to have a cheating husband None of them ring true They speak in purple prose, and around Emily they re as good as putty Did I mention Emily is Mary Sue She is Every single male drools over her even the gay one Every single person tells her their deepest secrets She s exceptionally pretty, and is so unrealistically good she adopts a dog because it has no home and she adopts a thieving boy because he has no home either Let s not even start on her romance with the bank president William Malone I ve seen better developed love stories within the bodice rippers I make a habit to utterly scorn But the crime The sensational trial There s some of it I ll admit that But just when the story is veering towards the crime, Emily comes in with some random thing she s overwrought she s horny she s feeling Annabel wafting through the story she s feeling good and generous So we take a break from even the trial that she doesn t feel like sitting through because the serial killer is gasp lying, and follow her around Why I mean really why write this book only to create an annoying Mary Sue when the existing, real material is so muchcompelling It was around 400 of torture, and none of it involved the serial killer 2 stars only for a realistic portrayal of the Eicher family

  8. says:

    3.5 Based on a true case that had haunted the author for decades, Quiet Dell is the story of the murders and investigation that took place during the 1930 s, of a serial killer that preyed on vulnerable women A subject that is not typical for this author, but something that she felt she needed to write I remember stories, told by my Aunt about the Lonely Hearts, widows who would write to men, a match up pen pal sort of thing, that has been replaced by computers today Widows left in dire circu 3.5 Based on a true case that had haunted the author for decades, Quiet Dell is the story of the murders and investigation that took place during the 1930 s, of a serial killer that preyed on vulnerable women A subject that is not typical for this author, but something that she felt she needed to write I remember stories, told by my Aunt about the Lonely Hearts, widows who would write to men, a match up pen pal sort of thing, that has been replaced by computers today Widows left in dire circumstances due to the depression and had very little recourse Loved the black and white pictures that accompanied this novel as well as many of the details My problem with this book, is that the main character is a woman, a journalist and so much of what she does and experiences just does not ring true Not sure that a woman would have had the freedom at the time, or been so accepted by the men in professional capacities as is related here Also her love affair with the bank manager just seemed awkward as did some of the dialogue That said, this is still a very good novel, a look back in history and a book that will find readers of many genres How much harder it was to piece things together back then when one so relied on witnesses, paper trails in the truest sense, and just pure investigation and foot work Though this killer had many different aliases, he was just pure evil My favorite parts where when the young girl Annabel is mentioned, the writing flows, becomes poetic and I felt she was a great favorite of the author A bit of fancy

  9. says:

    Whenever I hear about a novel set in West Virginia by a West Virginia author, my muse does the happy dance, and I want to party like it s 1863 for the uninitiated that would be the year of West, by God, Virginia s statehood where our slogan is Montani Semper Liberi Mountaineers are always free Even as I reminisced in Fairmont and Clarksburg, with Hagerstown and Uniontown not to be excluded and thoughts of toboggans the hats, not the sleds and thuses instead of pep rallies danced through Whenever I hear about a novel set in West Virginia by a West Virginia author, my muse does the happy dance, and I want to party like it s 1863 for the uninitiated that would be the year of West, by God, Virginia s statehood where our slogan is Montani Semper Liberi Mountaineers are always free Even as I reminisced in Fairmont and Clarksburg, with Hagerstown and Uniontown not to be excluded and thoughts of toboggans the hats, not the sleds and thuses instead of pep rallies danced through my dreams, I found myself staring at a cage filled with dead canaries and staring at a lethal dose of carbon monoxide.Despite QUIET DELL being set in 1931 and my tumultuous affair with historical fiction and my only connection to this particular time period being that my grand pappy approximated the size of a lightning bug, I set out to love, admire, and cherish this tale, only to slip on a patch of ice and crack my head open wider than a canyon So what happened The dialogue approached a haphazard nature, with a peppering of exclamation points and stilted turns of phrase, excess language banging off the page, and diatribes seeping through the exposed pores the sexual encounters approximated an asexual nature, with additional encounters hinted at but not fully explored probably the safer bet but somehow still managed to feel a tad awkward, like kissing cousins the story proved both ambitious and a bit convoluted, with a hazy fog slapped across my eyes, and falling short of its promised destination.While the writing did show hints of promise, I found myself executing a mad rush to the end, somehow convinced that I had been conned all along, and that I will wake up in Chicago in an apartment with all the lights turned on.I received this book for free through NetGalley.Cross posted at Robert s Reads

  10. says:

    by Andrea Renee CoxI only made it to around page 116 before giving up on this one Profanity, a couple of expletives, an explicit sex scene I skipped a couple of paragraphs because it was going into too much detail for my taste , and marital affairs were distracting and unnecessary Also, Annabel s perspective became quite abstract, which made it impossible for me to follow it In the back cover copy, it is stated that the Eicher family was killed, but that had not happened through the 116 page by Andrea Renee CoxI only made it to around page 116 before giving up on this one Profanity, a couple of expletives, an explicit sex scene I skipped a couple of paragraphs because it was going into too much detail for my taste , and marital affairs were distracting and unnecessary Also, Annabel s perspective became quite abstract, which made it impossible for me to follow it In the back cover copy, it is stated that the Eicher family was killed, but that had not happened through the 116 pages I had read Why put it in the premise if it doesn t happen within the first hundred pages It now seems like the premise contained a huge spoiler because those deaths didn t happen early on I thought this book was going to beabout the manhunt from pretty early on, so I was disappointed by that.I was not compensated for my honest review

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