"A search for answers to a surprising, sinister turn of events leads to even more mysterious questions."
Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter
Posted March 31, 2011
Mystery | Suspense | Thriller Crime
Finally, Alice Humphrey has landed her dream job managing a
new art gallery in Manhattan's in-style Meatpacking
District. Though Drew Campbell, the slick corporate exec
who hires her, doesn't provide a lot of information about
the anonymous owner or the elusive artist whose work will
be featured, she puts her misgivings aside and jumps at the
opportunity. Things seem to be going smoothly until the
morning Alice arrives for an early meeting with Drew and
finds the gallery stripped clean -- and Drew dead in the
middle of the floor -- murdered.
As police start investigating the crime, Alice can't
believe she's become their main suspect. Nothing is as it
seems, which makes Alice look like a liar. When Drew is
identified as someone else, Alice knows she's been set up --
but why and by whom? Each new piece of evidence leads to
even more baffling revelations, eventually including long-
held family secrets that are shocking when exposed. Will
Alice be able to prove her innocence before she ends up a
fatality in the evil scheme?
Alafair Burke takes readers on a roller coaster ride of
surprising twists and turns as the ingenious plot develops
to a shocking ending. I was glued to the pages trying to
discern the answers in this compelling, fast-paced thriller.
How well do you know your boss?
After a layoff and months of struggling, Alice Humphrey
finally lands her dream job managing a new art gallery in
Manhattanâ€™s trendy Meatpacking District. According to Drew
Campbell, the well-suited corporate representative who hires
her, the gallery is a passion project for its anonymous,
wealthy, and eccentric owner. Drew assures Alice that the
owner will be hands off, allowing her to run the gallery on
her own. Her friends think it sounds too good to be true,
but Alice sees a perfect opportunity to make a name for
herself beyond the shadow of her famous father, an
award-winning and controversial film maker.
Everything is perfect until the morning Alice arrives at
work to find the gallery goneâ€”the space stripped bare as if
it had never existedâ€”and Drew Campbellâ€™s dead body on the
floor. Overnight, Aliceâ€™s dream job has vanished, and she
finds herself at the center of police attention with nothing
to prove her innocence. The phone number Drew gave her links
back to a disposable phone. The artist whose work she
displayed doesnâ€™t seem to exist. And the dead man she claims
is Drew has been identified as someone else.
When police discover ties between the gallery and a missing
girl, Alice knows sheâ€™s been set up. Now she has to prove
itâ€”a dangerous search for answers that will entangle her in
a dark, high-tech criminal conspiracy and force her to
unearth long-hidden secrets involving her own family . . .
secrets that could cost Alice her life.
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2 comments posted.
Re: A search for answers to a surprising, sinister turn of events leads to even more mysterious questions.
Fabulous! I found myself sitting closer and closer to the edge of my seat as I
was reading it. Wonderful plot and terrific review. Can't wait to get a chance
to read it!
(Connie Fischer 1:54pm July 9, 2011)
Any book related to New York City is fascinating to me....would LOVE to read this most astonishing novel.
(Susan Coster 12:48pm July 16, 2011)
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