A riveting psychological thriller where memories may be the most dangerous things of all.
Simon and Schuster
On Sale: April 3, 2007
Featuring: Kay Lansing; Peter Carrington
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Mystery | Thriller
At the center of her
novel is Kay Lansing, who has grown up in Englewood, New Jersey,
daughter of the landscaper to the wealthy and powerful
family. Their mansion -- a historic seventeenth-century
transported stone by stone from Wales in 1848 -- has a
One day, accompanying her father to work, six-year-old Kay
curiosity and sneaks into the chapel. There, she overhears a
between a man and a woman who is demanding money from him.
says that this will be the last time, his caustic response
is: "I heard
that song before."
That same evening, the
a formal dinner dance after which Peter Carrington, a student at
Princeton, drives home Susan Althorp, the nineteen-year-old
neighbors. While her parents hear her come in, she is not in
the next morning and is never seen or heard from
the years, a cloud of suspicion hangs over Peter Carrington.
forty-two, head of the family business empire, he is still
"a person of
interest" in the eyes of the police, not only for Susan
disappearance but also for the subsequent drowning death of
pregnant wife in their swimming pool.
living in New York and working as a librarian in Englewood,
goes to see
Peter Carrington to ask for permission to hold a cocktail
party on his
estate to benefit a literacy program, which he later grants.
to see Peter as maligned and misunderstood, and when he
begins to court
her after the cocktail party, she falls in love with him.
objections of her beloved grandmother Margaret O'Neil, who
after her parents' early deaths, she marries him. To her
soon finds that he is a sleepwalker whose nocturnal
wanderings draw him
to the spot at the pool where his wife met her
Althorp's mother, Gladys, has always been convinced that Peter
Carrington is responsible for her daughter's disappearance,
shared by many in the community. Disregarding her husband's
about reopening the case, Gladys, now terminally ill, has
retired New York City detective to try to find out what
happened to her
daughter. Gladys wants to know before she
has developed gnawing doubts about her husband. She believes
key to the truth about his guilt or innocence lies in the
witnessed as a child in the chapel and knows she must learn the
identity of the man and woman who quarreled there that day.
plunges into this pursuit realizing that "that knowledge may
enough to save my husband's life, if indeed it deserves to
What Kay does not even remotely suspect is that uncovering
behind these memories may cost her her own life.
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