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It couldn't happen to a family like the Greys. Surely, Dan and Sally's troubled five-year-old daughter could not have been molested as the doctor claimed. She was too well guarded for anything like that to happen. But she was destroying their home and their lives. Meanwhile, the family business was tottering, threatened by dissent from within. The pressure was on to sell family land to foreign investors, a move that divided the Greys and threatened Grey's Foods and the small upstate New York city it fed. Oliver ...
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It couldn't happen to a family like the Greys. Surely, Dan and Sally's troubled five-year-old daughter could not have been molested as the doctor claimed. She was too well guarded for anything like that to happen. But she was destroying their home and their lives. Meanwhile, the family business was tottering, threatened by dissent from within. The pressure was on to sell family land to foreign investors, a move that divided the Greys and threatened Grey's Foods and the small upstate New York city it fed. Oliver Grey, the handsome silver-haired patriarch, bowed out, leaving the business to his sons, Ian and Clive, and Dan, the orphaned nephew he reared as his own. Ian was ready to sell to the highest bidder to buy off his mistress and save the marriage he couldn't afford to lose. Clive, the brilliant misfit, gave his life to the business until he, too, met a woman. Amanda, Dan's estranged sister, had the knowledge, the power, and the motive to destroy them all: an unspeakable secret that would link her to a little girl and a silver carousel.

The stunning New York Times bestseller is now in paperback! When Sally Grey found out her daughter had been sexually abused, she was devastated. Never would anyone guess that her father-in-law, Oliver Grey, had a dark side few people knew about. And when an heirloom silver carousel unearths his shocking secret, lives will change forever--especially Oliver's.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Plain's latest mystery concerns business machinations, child molestation and murder within a powerful family. May
Library Journal
This new novel concerns a seemingly forthright family's dark secrets.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553702194
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 2 Cassettes, 3 hrs.

Meet the Author

Belva  Plain

Belva Plain captured readers' hearts with her first novel, Evergreen, which Delacorte published more than 30 years ago. It topped the New York Times best-seller list for 41 weeks and aired as an NBC-TV miniseries. In total, more than 20 of her books have been New York Times best sellers.

Before becoming a novelist,  Belva Plain wrote short stories for many major magazines, but taking care of a husband and three children did not give her the time to concentrate on the novel she had always wanted to write. When she looked back and said she didn't have the time, she felt as though she had been making excuses. In retrospect, she said, "I didn't make the time." But, she reminded us, during the era that she was raising her family, women were supposed to concentrate only on their children. Today 30 million copies of her books are in print.

A Barnard College graduate who majored in history,  Belva Plain enjoyed a wonderful marriage of more than 40 years to Irving Plain, an ophthalmologist. Widowed for more than 25 years, Ms. Plain continued to reside in New Jersey, where she and her husband had raised their family and which was still home to her nearby children and grandchildren until her death in October 2010.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      October 9, 1915
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      October 12, 2010
    2. Place of Death:
      Short Hills, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Barnard College

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    I hadn't read a Belva Plain book in quite a long time, and I definitely enjoyed seeing one I hadn't read in paperback. Her stories and characters are complex and multi-dimensional, and she crafts them so that they are not predictable, which is refreshing when reading fiction. I would definitely recommend this particular book to anyone who enjoys unraveling a good story.

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