In a spellbinding blend of suspense and human drama,
Danielle Steel tells a powerful and unusual story of one
woman’s journey from darkness into light, as she fights to
escape a mesmerizing sociopath who holds her in his
Hope Dunne has carved out a name for
herself as a top photographer, known the joys of marriage
and motherhood, and the heartbreak of loss. In her chic SoHo
loft, Hope is content with her life, finding serenity and
beauty through the lens of her camera. She isn’t looking for
a man or excitement. But these things find her when she
accepts a last- minute assignment to fly to London at
Christmas and photograph one of the world’s most celebrated
writers—an Irish-American author known for novels of
thrilling literary darkness.
To Hope’s surprise,
Finn O’Neill exudes warmth and a boyish charm. Enormously
successful, he is a perfect counterpoint to Hope’s quiet,
steady grace—and he’s taken instantly by her. He courts her
as no one ever has before, whisking her away to his
palatial, isolated Irish estate.
Hope finds it all,
and him, irresistible. Finn’s magnetism and brilliance are
undeniable. But soon cracks begin to appear in his stories:
gaps in his history, a few innocent lies, and bouts of
jealousy unnerve her. Suddenly Hope is both in love and
suspicious, caring and deeply in doubt, and ultimately
frightened of the man she loves. Alone, thousands of miles
from home, her mind is reeling. Is she just being paranoid?
How many lies has he told? Are there more secrets to come?
Is it possible that this adoring, attentive man—like the
characters in his novels—is hiding something even worse? The
spell cast by a brilliant sociopath has her trapped in his
web, too confused and dazzled to escape as he continues to
tighten his grip on her.
With razor-sharp insight,
Danielle Steel delivers an unforgettable tale of danger and
obsessive love. Fearlessly telling the truth, refusing to
look away, Steel proves once again that as an American
storyteller she has no peer when she explores the dark
secrets that sometimes lurk just below the surface of
ordinary lives, writing about men and women and their
courage to prevail, in this case, even in the face of evil.