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A story of a family secret with deadly consequences. When Pony Carteret is found drowned in the waters of Lake Aral her family is quick to accept a verdict of accidental death, but something doesn't seem to fit: how could Pony, an able and experienced swimmer, die within feet of their exclusive holiday home while her toddler son played on the shore? Pony's death opens a whole Pandora's box of questions: who is her son's father? Who was the man a neighbour saw arguing with her only hours before she died? What had she meant to tell William, her older brother, whom she had summoned to the house that day? William is absolutely shattered by his favourite sister's death, and as he begins to challenge the official version of events he makes a devastating and very personal discovery. And how should he respond to Keith Brink, a stranger who spoke at Pony's funeral, and has now begun to insinuate his way into the life of their vulnerable younger sister, Mira?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780755332076
ISBN-10: 0755332075
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 26mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Headline Review
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Publish Date: 7-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » In this combination murder mystery/family saga from Lewis (Speak Softly, She Can Hear, 2005), a seemingly close-knit New England WASP family turns out to be riddled with resentments and secrets.Widower Jasper is the patriarch of the established, moneyed Carteret family of Hartford. Because Jasper sold the family business, oldest son William works in PR and mountain climbs with his easygoing girlfriend Ruth. Oldest daughter Tinker has grown from a bossy, goody-goody child into a control-freak housewife who secretly gorges herself on sweets. Middle daughter Mira teaches creative writing part-time while putting on bohemian airs full-time. Pony, the spunky, beloved youngest, is raising her infant son Andrew, the product of a one-night stand with a stranger. One afternoon Pony asks William to visit her at the Vermont lake house where the Carterets spend their happiest times. After showing him a picture of their dead mother Olivia taken in 1968, with a man who is not Jasper, Pony says she has another surprise for William, but they argue and he leaves. Hours later Pony drowns in what seems an accident. Learning that the teenager next door saw another man visit Pony after he left, William pursues the possibility that foul play was involved in Pony's death. Meanwhile, Tinker takes over care of Andrew, although Pony requested William as his guardian, and Mira becomes involved with a strangely solicitous mourner at Pony's funeral named Keith. By the time Keith offers Mira and Tinker false and nefarious statements about Pony's relationship to William, the reader can pretty much guess where the plot is going. William's prickly relationship to Jasper is multifaceted, but Tinker and Mira remain generally annoying personalities, particularly in contrast to the saintly Ruth. Central to Carteret family dynamics, and to the plot, is Olivia, who never comes into clear focus even as her dramatic history is revealed. Begins strong with crackling sibling tensions before sliding into predictability and incest-ridden melodrama. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Pam Lewis

Pam Lewis was born in Los Angeles California and has lived in Montreal, New Jersey, Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, and Middlesex Vermont. She now lives in rural Storrs Connecticut and travels extensively.

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