Light in Shadow

Light in Shadow

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by Jayne Ann Krentz
     
 

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"Zoe Luce is a successful interior designer in the Arizona town of Whispering Springs who has developed a useful knack for giving her clients exactly what they want - usually to completely redesign their homes, to help them forget the past and start anew. But sometimes not even she can meet a client's demands, and Zoe has learned the hard way that there are some… See more details below

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"Zoe Luce is a successful interior designer in the Arizona town of Whispering Springs who has developed a useful knack for giving her clients exactly what they want - usually to completely redesign their homes, to help them forget the past and start anew. But sometimes not even she can meet a client's demands, and Zoe has learned the hard way that there are some things that can't be covered up with a coat of paint. When she senses that one of her clients may be hiding a dark secret, she enlists P.I. Ethan Truax to find the truth." "But Ethan's exquisite detection skills are starting to backfire on Zoe: she never wanted to let him find out about her former life; she never wanted to reveal her powerful, inexplicable psychic gift; she never wanted him to know that "Zoe Luce" doesn't really exist. She never wanted to fall in love with him." Now, no matter how much Zoe resists, Ethan may be her only hope - because the people she's been running from have found her. Just when she dares to dream of a normal life and a future with Ethan, her own past starts to shadow her every move. If Zoe can't stay one step ahead, she risks being trapped once again in a waking nightmare - this time for life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Krentz's latest opens with an intriguing scene: interior designer Zoe Luce enters the bedroom of her latest client and is immediately assaulted by waves of terror, rage, screams and violence emanating from the walls. This sensitivity to her surroundings is Zoe's innate gift, and she immediately suspects that her client's wife has not left him, as he claims, but was murdered. She seeks out private eye Ethan Truax to discover the truth. But soon a much more tangled plot reveals itself: Zoe herself is an escapee from a mental hospital, to which she was committed after the murder of her husband, and hired goons are trying to track her down and return her to the institution. Narrator Bean deftly differentiates between the myriad character voices, including pompous Dr. Ian Harper (the asylum's crooked owner), raspy-voiced security consultant Singleton, simpering Kimberly Cleland (wife of Zoe's scheming cousin), Southern-accented Bonnie (Ethan's sister-in-law), and dramatic, glamorous Acadia (Zoe's friend and fellow asylum escapee). Krentz weaves the numerous threads into a satisfying mystery. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Forecasts, Nov. 4, 2002). (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
It's not smart of Zoe Luce to ask a private investigator to help her ferret out the dark secret of one of the divorced women whose homes she redecorates, for Zoe has a few secrets of her own. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A tame, talky thriller from prolific bestseller Krentz (Smoke in Mirrors, 2002, etc.) in which interior decorator Zoe Luce sees red-and it ain't paint. It's also not just blood our psychic heroine spots on her latest job; she hears screams coming from the walls too. Makes it kinda tough to concentrate on those swatches-could it be that new client Davis Mason murdered his ex-wife? He points out that he painted the bedroom himself, but a rich man wouldn't paint his own bedroom, thinks Zoe, especially not that awful white. And why is the bed missing? Convinced that something dreadful happened in his bedroom, Zoe hires the only gumshoe she can afford. Down-on-his-luck (and on his fourth divorce) Ethan Truax takes a shine to Zoe, though she's a bit put out by his tough talk and who-cares demeanor as she plays the role of the Classy-Dame-in-a-Hardboiled-Mystery to the hilt. To no one's surprise, Mrs. Mason seems to be most definitely missing when Ethan gets around to investigating after time out for some hot sex with his distraught client. Segue to a sinister, extremely expensive mansion-cum-mental-institution, Candle Lake Manor. It has been whispered, horror of horrors, that the heavily drugged, zombielike inmates aren't all nutcases: some have just been locked up to spare their wealthy relatives the messy inconvenience of doing them in. The weirdo who runs the place is happy to oblige Ethan, who finds out that Zoe herself, under a different name, spent nightmarish weeks there after her husband Preston Cleland's unsolved murder. Cynical and curious to the core, Ethan discovers that her alibi for the day Preston was killed is shaky. He knows Zoe won't believe that her gentle, scholarly hubbywas fooling around, but that's what it looks like. How to tell her? Hey, he's got troubles of his own, what with his own brother's unsolved murder, a host of teary-eyed relatives awaiting closure, and .

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786250332
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
04/29/2003
Series:
Whispering Springs Series
Pages:
628
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.74(h) x 1.17(d)

Meet the Author

Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of fifty New York Times bestsellers. She has written contemporary romantic suspense novels under that name, as well as futuristic and historical romance novels under the pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, respectively. She lives in Seattle.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Seattle, WA
Place of Birth:
San Diego, CA
Education:
BA in History, University of California at Santa Cruz, MA in Librarianship from San Jose State University (California)
Website:
http://www.krentz-quick.com

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