Eden in Winter [NOOK Book]

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Number one New York Times best-selling author Richard North Patterson, author of more than twenty novels, including Degree of Guilt and Silent Witness, returns with the dramatic conclusion to the Blaine trilogy: Eden in Winter, the final volume that completes the story begun in Fall from Grace and Loss of Innocence.
 
Two months after the suspicious and much-publicized death of his father on the island of Martha?s Vineyard, it is taking ...
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Eden in Winter

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Overview

Number one New York Times best-selling author Richard North Patterson, author of more than twenty novels, including Degree of Guilt and Silent Witness, returns with the dramatic conclusion to the Blaine trilogy: Eden in Winter, the final volume that completes the story begun in Fall from Grace and Loss of Innocence.
 
Two months after the suspicious and much-publicized death of his father on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, it is taking all of Adam Blaine’s will to suture the deep wounds the tragedy has inflicted upon his family and himself.
 
As the court inquest into Benjamin Blaine’s death casts suspicions on those closest to him, Adam struggles to protect them from those who still suspect that his father was murdered by one of his kin.
 
But the sternest test of all is Adam’s proximity to Carla Pacelli—his late father’s mistress; and a woman who, despite being pivotal to his family’s plight, Adam finds himself increasingly drawn to. The closer he gets to this beautiful, mysterious woman, the further Adam feels from his troubles. Yet the closer he also comes to revealing the secrets he’s strived to conceal, and condemning the people he’s so hard fought to protect.
 
An acknowledged master of the courtroom thriller, Patterson’s Blaine trilogy, a bold and surprising departure from his past novels, is a complex family drama pulsing with the tumult of the time and “dripping with summer diversions, youthful passion and ideals, class tensions, and familial disruptions.” (Library Journal)
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/05/2014
In the middling conclusion to bestseller Patterson’s Blaine trilogy (after 2013’s Loss of Innocence), an avid prosecutor believes that someone pushed author Benjamin Blaine from a cliff on Martha’s Vineyard, and wants to charge Ben’s gay son, Teddy, or Ben’s brother, Jack, with committing the crime. Adam, Teddy’s CIA agent brother, deploys his professional skills in Teddy’s defense, and brokers an uneasy truce between his family and Carla Pacelli, a former actress who was Ben’s girlfriend. Amid memories of bitter competition and harsh betrayal by Ben, Adam grows closer to Carla. Together, they dissect their personal histories, choices, and struggles in lengthy conversations. North is at his best when characters’ keen insights lead to broader truths about the human experience. However, heavy-handed observations, repetition, and excessive dialogue and introspection weigh down the plot, which fails to gain traction as a mystery or achieve its potential for psychological depth. Agent: Cullen Stanley, Janklow & Nesbit Associates. (July)
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"Eden in Winter provides a fitting conclusion to this intricate saga, one that holds the same dramatic tension of the first two books while continuing to demonstrate Patterson's firm grasp of all things legal."—Barbara Clark, The Barnstable Patriot
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-18
Patterson (Loss of Innocence, 2013, etc.) concludes his Blaine family trilogy with Adam home on Martha's Vineyard coping with the fallout from the death of his estranged father, Benjamin, a world-famous novelist.Opening with Ben dead, this novel chronologically follows the first in the series, Fall from Grace (2012). The state is determining Ben's cause of death—an accidental fall or murder, with Ben pushed from a steep promontory. Adam knows it was murder, and he knows the killer. Nevertheless, given a multigenerational web of betrayals, infidelity and abuse, Adam decides to protect the murderer. And he can: He's proficient in tradecraft learned as a CIA special operator in Afghanistan. Complications compound after it's learned Ben has left almost his entire estate to Carla Pacelli, a gifted young actress recuperating on the island after a stint in rehab. Carla's pregnant with Ben's child. Given the bad blood between Adam and his father, the narrative moves past Freud into Oedipal complexity when Adam and Carla become attracted to one another. Patterson's a pro—the narrative flows easily, set mostly on the island, with a quick, sand-and-bullets Afghanistan action sequence. Patterson also uses the romance to allow Adam and Carla to blossom into more sympathetic protagonists. Patterson does yeoman work turning this tale of an unhappy family into a believable psychological drama by having Adam consult a local therapist. What transpires there makes the unusual love story seem a natural turn of events and, in fact, offers multiple perspectives to more than a handful of shrink-worthy dramatic elements—betrayals that damaged multiple generations; infidelities that leave one man raising another man's child; class resentment; destructive, overweening ambition—all of which lend depth to the novel as Patterson carries the trilogy toward the happy-ever-after country where he concludes the Blaine family's Thorn Birds-like saga.An intriguing psychological examination of a damaged family.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623651480
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Publication date: 7/15/2014
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 16,422
  • File size: 927 KB

Meet the Author

Richard North Patterson is the author of twenty bestselling novels, including Loss of Innocence, Exile, Degree of Guilt, and Silent Witness. He has appeared on Good Morning America, Hardball, and The CBS Morning Show, and his articles on politics, literature, and law have been published in The London Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Jose Mercury News. He lives in Martha’s Vineyard, Cabo San Lucas, and San Francisco with his wife, Dr. Nancy Clair.


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READING GROUP GUIDE
 
 
EDEN IN WINTER concludes the trilogy that began with Fall From Grace and continued with a prequel, Loss of Innocence. Against the starkly beautiful background of Martha’s Vineyard in wintertime, this third book traces the consequences of Benjamin Blaine’s suspicious death on his troubled family who never seemed to meet his high expectations. It also completes the deep psychological portraits of Ben’s nephew Adam, his son Teddy, his brother Jack, and his mistress Carla Pacelli (not to mention Ben himself).
 
 
1. What are the similarities between Adam and Benjamin Blaine? How did their similarities influence Ben’s treatment of his nephew?
 
2. While Ben projected an “alpha male” persona, some details from his past suggest his bravado was in part a cover for embarrassing or traumatic past events. Discuss what some of these are and how they affected his adult character. 
 
3. Adam tells Dr. Glazer that even though he knows that Jack is his biological parent, he still sees Ben’s face in his mind’s eye when he hears the word “Father”.  Do you think this will change as the revelation that Jack is his father sinks in over the following years?
 
4. Carla points out that Clarice is hypocritical to criticize her affair with Ben, since decades ago a younger, wilder Clarice similarly “stole” him from Whitney Dane (described in detail in Loss of Innocence). How does this consideration affect your level of sympathy for Clarice—who is now a mere shadow of her former fiery, devil-may-care self?
 
5. Does District Attorney George Hanley seem to be solely concerned with the even-handed pursuit of justice in his desire to prove Ben’s death was murder, or do there appear to be any personal reasons for his fervency?
 
6. What is it about Carla Pacelli (other than her disarming beauty) that enables her to succeed where many others fail at getting past the emotional defenses of two very guarded men—Ben and Adam Blaine?
 
7. How does the sense of place in the novel—both the serenity of Martha’s Vineyard and the contrasting turbulence of Afghanistan—contribute to the development of both plot and character in EDEN IN WINTER?
 
8. To what extent do you agree with Ben’s general assessment of his brother Jack as a “loser”, and his specific charge that Jack’s affair with Clarice was motivated by a desire to get Ben’s money when he died? Is this just an expression of Ben’s typical aggressive, bullying personality, or would you say there is truth underlying it? 
 
9. Early in the book Adam tells Dr. Glazer he is completely prepared for his own death. But by the end of the novel, he appears ready to embrace a long future with his new family. What changes in his mental and emotional state over the course of EDEN IN WINTER that accounts for this transformation?
 
10. As a supporting character, what is Teddy’s primary function in this story? What do his interactions with Adam, Ben and Clarice reveal about each of them?

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  • Posted July 15, 2014

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    Richard North Patterson concludes his trilogy in Eden in Winter,

    Richard North Patterson concludes his trilogy in Eden in Winter, preceded by Fall From Grace and Loss of Innocence. Adam Blaine is on leave from his CIA job after the death of his father, Ben.  There was no love lost between the two but Adam takes on the task of making sure that the real murderer of his father is cleared from guilt at the inquest into his father’s death.  In reality, almost everyone in the family wanted Ben dead, so acrimonious were their relationships to the family patriarch.  
    This is the story of Adam’s illegal activities to clear a family member, a connection to his father’s mistress who is now carrying his father’s child, and some very long conversations with a family friend/psychotherapist who attempts to help Adam purge his memories of the repression that has turned him into an emotionless man who steers clear of all feelings and emotional connection with family and friends.  It goes back many years and Adam tells it all one session at a time, prodded by his therapist and told in a strange way devoid of all emotional expression.  This is the only part of the novel that lacks credibility to some extent, not the telling but the inanimate manner of verbalizing the long-withheld poisons that leave Adam in a perilous condition most of the time in his job as well as with his family.
    Adam returns to Afghanistan and the reader gets to travel with him in his ever-changing missions, one in particular ironically involving the American POW who has just been released after being kept a prisoner for five years, Bergdahl.  Adam is very, very good at his job but now his formerly clear-headed focus is thwarted by his experiences during his recent home leave.  That makes it risky business and vulnerable to being wounded or even killed!
    Over the years, Patterson has changed the style of his writing to include more of a psychological bent to his novels.  This adds depth to the stories and throws in some contemporary issues that should make for interesting reading for today’s audience.  Relationships are variable certainly, but Patterson knows how to plumb the depths of those connections with the sordid as well as the sublime. 
    There’s something in this novel to appeal to men and women of any age. Nicely done indeed!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2014

    The best of the Trilogy!

    Richard North Patterson is back in his original great form. This could be read and understood without the previous two - but the reader would definitely be missing
    a "good long story"!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2015

    I enjoyed reading this book because of the curiosity for what wi

    I enjoyed reading this book because of the curiosity for what will happen next, and also because it is written with tension and some suspense. On the other hand, I neither could relate to any of the characters nor to the plot. If there ever were a book with any characters more warped or a plot as disturbing, I haven’t read it, yet. 

    Still, this might be just what the author intended in the first place. I believe he wanted to write a twisted and complicated family drama with characters just as twisted and complicated. Then he wanted to analyze them, which he did very well. 

    In the story, Ben Blaine, a famed author who has been suffering from brain cancer, is dead by falling from a cliff. When his death is suspected as being a murder, his brother Jack, his older son Teddy, and even his mistress Clara who is expecting his baby become suspects. 

    The main character in the story is his younger son Adam Blaine, a CIA operative, who arrives from Afghanistan after the news of the death. An insignificant twist in the beginning of the story has to do with Adam hiding his CIA career from the Blaine family after staying away in Afghanistan for a decade.

    Also, inside this perverse family drama is Ben’s wife Clarice, Teddy and Adam’s mother who has had an affair with Jack which Ben knew, but the whole family, including Jack, has kept living together in the family house in Martha’s Vineyard. 

    During the course of the story, other characters such as a reporter from the National Enquirer, the police detective, a policeman who is Adam’s old friend, and another young author Rachel, who for a short time becomes Adam’s lover, act as catalysts in the story. When Adam learns the terrible truths behind the well-kept family secrets as to who he is and why anyone behaved the way they behaved, he finds an alibi for each suspect to use in court and he is quite effective with it, despite his shock over his family. 

    Thrown in the mix is Ben’s will in which he leaves everything to his mistress Clara Pacelli, an actress with a collapsed career due to addiction. When Adam asks Clara to take a portion of the inheritance to avoid a court fight over it with his mother and Clara accepts his offer, Adam finds out that Clara is not the awful person his family made her out to be, and in the course of this and other events, Adam and Clara fall in love. The way they figure out how to live with this precarious situation and make peace--or not--with the Blaine family is for the reader to find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2014

    Lorrie

    Not on nook for $25. Areyoukidding me?...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Recommended

    This is the third book of the trilogy but it stands alone because of flashbacks. I've read quite a few of Patterson's books and enjoyed all of them.

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  • Posted August 22, 2014

    Recommend -- if you read the rest of the trilogy.

    I enjoyed this book, but I may have been lost, in parts, if I hadn't read the two previous installments. I'm not sure if this measures up to Mr. Patterson's previous works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Complex Family Story

    I enjoyed this book even though I haven't read the previous two volumes of the trilogy. I thought all the complex relationships were handled quite well and the ending was satisfying. My two complaints are: numerous typos in the book format (words were actual words but not the correct ones in the context of the sentence, and the dialogue often consisted of one complex sentence after another (people simply don't converse like that in real life unless they are trying hard to impress). Overall, it was a pretty good story but I don't feel inclined to go back and read the other two books in the series. One book about the Blaine family is really enough for me. I do plan to read some of his other stand alone books, however.

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    Posted August 15, 2014

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    Posted September 27, 2014

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