From the publisher: As the sole assistant to a famous upscale interior designer, Lane Harmon is accustomed to visiting opulent homes. A born optimist, Lane finds the glimpse into these gilded worlds fascinating. When she is called to a modest townhouse outside NYC, Lane knows the job is unusual. Then she learned the home belongs to the wife of notorious and disgraced financier Parker Bennett. Bennett was last seen two years ago on his sailboat in the Caribbean. After he went missing, the world discovered the five-billion-dollar investment fund he managed had also vanished. The scandal over whether Bennett was suicidal or staged his disappearance still continues. His clients and the federal government want to trace the money and bring Bennett to justice, if he’s still living. Lane is surprised to find herself moved by Mrs. Bennett’s calm dignity and faith in her husband’s innocence. Gradually, Lane is also drawn to Eric, the Bennetts’ son, who is similarly determined to prove his father is not guilty. But Lane doesn’t realize the closer she gets to the Bennetts, the more she puts her life, and her four-year-old daughter’s life, in jeopardy.
The significance of the title is not known till very near to the final pages of this suspenseful book. In her trademark fashion, the author has provided several interesting characters, from Lane, who had “lost her father in a plane crash when she was seven and her husband in a car crash when she was twenty-five and pregnant;” her boss, the tyrannical Glady (no, that’s not a typo) Harper; as well as the FBI and assorted other investigators and medical professionals.
It is no spoiler to state that the Madoff-like Bennett, now 72 years old, is alive and living well in the Virgin Islands. Lane, the daughter of a congressman and stepdaughter of a very powerful columnist and perhaps the most sympathetic in the novel, is convinced that Eric had nothing to do with his father’s fraud, but the authorities are not quite so sure, and they are determined to find proof, one way or the other, of his innocence (or lack thereof), as well as that of his mother. Lane is attracted to Eric, who seems quite smitten with her, as indeed her daughter is with Eric. The reader already knows that Bennett’s lover, Sylvie de la Marco, is not only fully aware of the man’s present whereabouts, but has kept herself well-cared for by his continuing ‘generosity.’
The final several chapters are very brief, leading up to a scintillating denouement. The novel is yet another very well-written entry in this author’s oeuvre, and is recommended....Continua