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.
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.
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
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.
Steel has become more of a legend than any one of her
books, which never fail to make the bestseller lists.
Something of Steel's refinement and gentility transfers to
her prose as her heroines enjoy enviable triumphs over
November 11, 2009: Danielle
Steel has gone back to her roots with this book. She
captures your attention and keeps it with this story. She
tells a good story and makes you want to root for the
characters. I really enjoyed this book. I had stopped
reading some of her books for a while and I am so glad I
read this one.