Fade to Black

Fade to Black

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by Wendy Corsi Staub
     
 

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Elizabeth Baxter is a quiet brunette living in the sleepy village of Windmere Cove, Rhode Island. The drapes in her windows are always drawn, and she keeps to herself. She doesn't socialize, has no friends, and when she's outside, she constantly looks over her shoulder. No one in Windmere Cove knows her; no one pays attention to her. Elizabeth Baxter is an enigma. A

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Elizabeth Baxter is a quiet brunette living in the sleepy village of Windmere Cove, Rhode Island. The drapes in her windows are always drawn, and she keeps to herself. She doesn't socialize, has no friends, and when she's outside, she constantly looks over her shoulder. No one in Windmere Cove knows her; no one pays attention to her. Elizabeth Baxter is an enigma. A mystery. That's because she's living in fear. And keeping her past a secret.

It begins with the arrival of a pink envelope. Elizabeth's name and address are typed neatly on the outside; the post mark reads Windmere Cove, and there's no return address. Elizabeth's world crashes when she opens the card and reads the message inside; I know who you are.

Five years ago, she was Mallory Eden, Hollywood's hottest actress. Blonde and beautiful, her life was a dream come true...until a mysterious stalker turned it into a nightmare. Finally, unable to take the relentless pressure any longer, Mallory Eden was left with no other choice but to make the world think she was dead and begin a new life.

As the days progress, the tension escalates as an old pattern repeats itself. When the phone rings, no one's on the other end. Her house is broken into and ransacked. And then there's the sense that she's being watched. Frightened, Elizabeth finds solace in the arms of Harper Smith, the only person she has befriended in town. As their relationship deepens, Elizabeth wants to tell Harper the truth--until she learns of his unspoken past--a past that connects to Mallory Eden's...

With no one to trust and nowhere to escape, Elizabeth might have to reveal who she really is in order to survive--before a twisted psychopath finally finishes what was started five years ago...

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Feverishly frothy tale of an actress living incognito, menaced by a shadowy stalker. It's been five years since Mallory Eden, that "perky, pretty, girl-next-door" starlet everybody loved, supposedly jumped off a Montana cliff into the turbulent Rock River. Her body was never found, but a suicide note in her Lexus implies that she was unhinged by an unidentified stalker who not only sent her threatening letters, but killed her secretary and then shot Eden in the womb so she could never conceive. While the Hollywood infotainment world mourns, a somewhat fleshier Eden is silently fighting baby cravings and nightmares in the unremarkable Rhode Island hamlet of Windemere Cove. Pretending to be freelance writer Elizabeth Baxter (who never seems to read or write), Eden, whose pre-Hollywood name was Cindy O'Neal, gets an ominous, anonymous letter in the mail one day from someone who purports to know who she is. Baxter-Eden-O'Neal thinks she faked her suicide perfectly, but her past, revealed through distractingly shrill flashbacks, has enough unresolved conflicts (her sleazy boyfriend has become a coveted guest on daytime talk shows), family trauma (she was abandoned as a child by her drug-addicted mother), and trashy secrets (she made her debut in a porno flick) to fill a Jacqueline Susann novel. While our heroine tries to guess who the stalker is (the kindly but strangely familiar locksmith, or her nosey policeman neighbor?), a host of skeletons, including her long-lost mother, stumble out of the closet to claim her for vile and shameless purposes. Shiny with Tinseltown sleaze, this first solo hardcover from Staub plays its tabloid terrors and tacky soap opera clich‚s deathlessly straight.The result is funny when it shouldn't be, silly and affected the rest of the time. A hissy catfight during the cliff-hanging finale is a hoot, but not worth the campy climb to get there.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420121407
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Pages:
1
Sales rank:
713,836
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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Wendy Corsi Staub is the author of ten novels of suspense, including the New York Times bestsellers Don't Scream, Most Likely To Die, The Final Victim, and She Loves Me Not. She is currently working on her next suspense novel.

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Fade to Black 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please stop the trival texts this space is for reviews have some Respect i love all of wendy corsi staubs books
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Dearly Beloved b/c she went into details with the killer without being to graphic. This book reminded me of something I read as a young teen. Also I have noticed a pattern with her,she repeats herself over & over again where you feel like I already know this. I sometimes think the writer get writer blocks. You would understand if you read Slightly Engaged. Other than that I am now reading her 3rd novel she wrote under this name titled All the Way Home so far so good.I will keep reading everything she right even though she occasional slacks her writing skills
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my 2nd book by Ms Staub; she is now my new favorite writer!! The exciting part is that she has a LOT of books. Although I must say........I have wondered about proof reading with these Ebooks; as I have noticed soo many errors. This book has topped them all. That however, did not change the excellence of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always enjoyed Ms. Staub's books. This book had so many incorrect words/spellings, that I was distracted at times. BUT overall she is great, and I look forward to her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Wendy's books, but this one was just not on the edge of your seat thrills like others of hers that I've read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book boring. There was so much detail on stupid things. Two paragraphs on how a woman changes her baby's diaper. Three on exactly what someone puts on their sandwich. And Elizabeth/Mallory/Cindi was constantly questioning herself: Should I do this or should I do that? I understand that she would be paranoid after what she's been through but she kept going over the same things, again, and again, and again. Not to mention the fact that she seemed to suspect everyone of being the stalker, except the real stalker! I really believe that if this book had been cut back to 230 or 240 pages it would have been a big improvement!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it !!!!! It has everything ...the story line grabs u right away keeps u guessing n on the edge of your seat the whole way suspense aplenty ...u won't b dissapointed infact...put some time aside because u won't want to put it down...happy reading C.R.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really wish someone would spell ck these ebooks, such a distraction. This should have been a short story because without the repetition it would have been only half the book. Was so disappointed. Was boring when it could have been good. Don't usually give up on a book but had to skim and skip much of the last part of this one. Was so glad it was over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one can tell a story like this author! However, I really did not care for the characters. I have read many of this author's books, this is not one of my favorites.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe I spent money on this book. I read 'She loves me not' from the same author and enjoyed it. This book was so silly it reminded me of the R.L Stine books I read when I was 12. The main charcter was so paranoid it was annoying. It was also very predictable. Don't waste your money or your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wendy Staub's characters come right off the page and she knows how to keep you guessing until the very end. I couldn't put it down and can't wait for her next book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story was a real page turner and let you guessing till the very end. Like it said on the cover, 'if you are a fan of Mary Higgins Clark, you will like this one.' I surly loved this book. I am glad that I didn't miss such a wonderful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would like to be Athena
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has an awesome plot with plenty of twists. A great read for an evening at home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you guys need a full blood kid?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*smiles*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My gf in rl i think she might b mad at me cauz last night was our school valentines dance and i couldnt go
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll try......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Psych?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes. Which is why I enjoy this. But doing that would show you as a coward. Who takes only the easy way out. Nattie, I know. Scarlet, I don't fight. But alas, my time here is up. So long. *he jumps off of the platform, dissapearing into the clouds. An eagle's cry is heard*