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"In a new thriller from America's Queen of Suspense, a
young woman is ensnared into returning to a place she had
wanted to leave behind forever - her childhood home.
There, at the age of ten, Liza Barton had shot her mother,
trying desperately to protect her from her estranged
stepfather, Ted Cartwright. Despite his claim that the
shooting was a deliberate act, the Juvenile Court rule the
death an accident. Many people, however, agreed with
Cartwright, and the tabloids compared her to the infamous
murderess Lizzie Borden, pointing even to the similarity
of their names." "To erase Liza's past, her adoptive
parents change her name to Celia. At age twenty-eight, a
successful interior designer in Manhattan, she marries a
childless sixty-year-old widower, Laurence Foster, and
they have a son. Before their marriage, she reveals to him
her true identity. Two years later, on his deathbed, he
makes her swear never to tell anyone so that their son,
Jack, will not carry the stigma of her past." "Two years
later, Celia is happily remarried. Her peace of mind is
shattered when her new husband, Alex Nolan, surprises her
with a gift - the house in Mendhan, New Jersey, where she
killed her mother. On the day they move in, they find the
words Little Lizzie's Place - Beware painted on the lawn,
splotches of red paint all over the house, and a skull and
crossbones carved into the door." More and more, there are
signs that someone in the community knows Celia's true
identity. When Georgette Grove, the real estate agent who
sold the house to Alex, is brutally murdered and Celia is
the first on the crime scene, she becomes a suspect.
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