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Light In Shadow [NOOK Book]

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Zoe Luce is a successful interior designer in the Arizona town of Whispering Springs who's developed an unusual career specialty-helping recently divorced clients redesign their homes, to help them forget the past and start anew. But Zoe knows that some things can't be covered up with a coat of paint. And when she senses that one of her clients may be hiding a dark secret, she enlists P.I. Ethan Truax to find the truth.Working together, they solve the mystery . . . and barely escape with their lives. But Ethan's ...
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Overview

Zoe Luce is a successful interior designer in the Arizona town of Whispering Springs who's developed an unusual career specialty-helping recently divorced clients redesign their homes, to help them forget the past and start anew. But Zoe knows that some things can't be covered up with a coat of paint. And when she senses that one of her clients may be hiding a dark secret, she enlists P.I. Ethan Truax to find the truth.Working together, they solve the mystery . . . and barely escape with their lives. 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 gift for sensing the history hidden within a house's walls; 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 she resists, Ethan may be her only hope-because the people she's been running from have found her. And just when Zoe dares to dream of a normal life and a future with the man she loves, her own past starts to shadow her every step-and threatens to take her back into a nightmare.




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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101214664
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/30/2003
  • Series: Whispering Springs Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 34,403
  • File size: 813 KB

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.

Biography

A successful corporate and academic librarian-turned-author, Jayne Ann Krentz wrote serial romances for several publishers (including industry powerhouse Harlequin) before breaking out in the '90s as a writer of romantic novels. To say that she has been successful is an understatement: A New York Times- bestselling author with more than 23 million copies of her books in print, she writes three sub-genres of romantic suspense under three different pen names: contemporary romances as Jayne Ann Krentz, historicals as Amanda Quick, and futuristic/paranormal romances as Jayne Castle. (In her early career, she employed at least three additional pseudonyms!) In 2006, the prolific Krentz launched The Arcane Society series -- crossover thrillers written under all three noms de plume that feature members of a secret organization devoted to the study of the paranormal.

It would be hard to find a more passionate advocate for romantic fiction than Krentz. In 1992, she edited and contributed to Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance, an award-winning nonfiction essay collection that serves an eloquent apologia for the genre. She has also received the Jane Austen Commemorative Medal from Romantic Times magazine for her work educating readers about Romance. "The Romance genre is the only genre where readers are guaranteed novels that place the heroine at the heart of the story," she says on her website. "These are books that celebrate women's heroic virtues and values: courage, honor, determination and a belief in the healing power of love." Clearly, her legions of loyal fans agree!

Good To Know

I have finally reached the point in my career where I have some say over cover art. Unfortunately, it turns out that I have absolutely no talent for cover art design. Thank heavens I'm with a publisher (Putnam/Berkley) that maintains a terrific art department.

I love green tea and red wine and was absolutely thrilled when it turned out that both are now considered health foods.

I love all animals except for squirrels which, I strongly suspect, are aliens from outer space who are here to take over the planet. You have been warned.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Amanda Quick, Jayne Castle
    2. Hometown:
      Seattle, WA
    1. Education:
      BA in History, University of California at Santa Cruz, MA in Librarianship from San Jose State University (California)
    2. Website:

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

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    Great Read

    I just finished Light In Shadow by Jayne Ann Krentz, aka Jayne Castle, and I loved it. Talk about excitement. Deep and interesting characters, layered plot, humor, love, intrigue, family, friendship and some twisted human motivations. It all adds up to a read you couldn't be bored with if you tried. I couldn't wait to see what happened next.
    Ethan is your typical hard boiled detective with a past, and surprisingly noble and kind as well. Zoe is your woman with a dark and shadowy past, a big secret and a yearning for the truth while striving for normal. She and Ethan had such great chemistry and it all wove so well into the plot. The surprises kept coming, as did the growing relationship between them. I've learned there's a sequel. I'm so excited to find out where they go from here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2003

    Yes!

    Zoe Luce was an interior designer and owned a shop called Enhanced Interiors. She had talent that she considered to be a curse, walls spoke to her. Well, in a way. If any strong emotion happened in a room, such as lust or fear, it would sink into the walls. So when Zoe went into a client's bedroom and the walls "screamed", Zoe could not leave fast enough! Whatever horrible thing happened in that room was recent. The client said he was going through a divorce. Zoe believed he murdered his wife in that bedroom. Without proof, cops would laugh at her. Besides, she could be wrong. The wife could be sunning herself on a tropical beach somewhere. Zoe simply needed a computer whiz to discretely find out. ..... Ethan Traux had taken over Truax Investigations from his uncle. Zoe would be his first case. It should have been simple. Only a few minutes on the computer to see if a lady was using her credit cards or an ATM. Instead, Ethan found a corpse. ..... Zoe and Ethan became attracted to each other. All seemed to be going well. However, Zoe's dark past was about to catch up to her. After a year of hiding under a different name, they had finally found her! ..... ***** Wonderful! Zoe always seemed to be bubbling over with optimism no matter how awful things became. But she sure had to tap deeply into a bottomless well of optimism to get through all this! Zoe was a strong willed character that needed an extra ordinary man in her life. Author Jayne Ann Krentz did a wonderful job in creating just such a man. ....... This novel was like having two books in one, a murder mystery and a romantic thriller. The "client" part was a work of genius on Krentz's side to bring the couple together. The author brought back the Vastu and Feng Shui techniques that I recall being used in one of her novels a few years ago. This is a fast paced, romantic, and heart pounding thriller that I highly recommend to all. *****

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    LOVED IT

    Ms Krentz has done again. This book was so exciting and thrilling. It would one that has you on the edge of your chair if it were a movie.

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  • Posted November 15, 2011

    great like always

    I like all of her writing always get and read her books.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

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    A solid read I enjoyed!

    Review by Jen:
    Light in Shadow is the first of a short 2 book series following two women who escaped from a mental hospital. (It's followed up by Truth or Dare.)

    Zoe Luce can "feel the emotions" of a room. When working as an interior decorator, she feels something wrong in a bedroom she is about to redecorate and hires Ethan Truax to solve her little mystery. This mystery was solved in the first half of the book and really had me wondering what was going to fill the rest of the pages. But, Zoe's past comes back to haunt her and Ethan is there to help.

    Jayne Ann Krentz is a prolific author and this was another solid book. Good romance, plot and character development. The touch of paranormal (with Zoe's "psychic" ability) adds a nice twist in what would be a rather ordinary story. I listened this this book on CD (which prompted my blog on audio books). The reader did a great job. If you're looking for a romantic suspense, then I'd recommend trying this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    Love it, great untill the end highly recomend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2005

    EXCELLENT!!

    Couldn't put the book down. Had to finish reading it even in between traffic lights. She's an amazing writer.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2004

    Paranormal Thriller!

    Declaring her insane, Zoe Luce's greedy in-laws have locked her away in a mental health facility to prevent her from claiming her share of the family business. Luckily, she excapes and begins a new life as an interior decorator. However, her psychic powers (an ability to hear walls scream) interfere with a new contract. She suspects her new client has murdered his wife...from there, the story takes off. A romantic encounter with a private investigator adds more spice to this paranormal thriller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2004

    Intricate Plot, Intriguing Hero, But......

    I enjoyed the book, but there were moments when I couldn¿t wait for it to end. Like when you are sitting in a cinema, excited about a movie, which had some good scenes but as time went on, it got a little flaky and your popcorn is finished and all you want to do is leave but you can¿t cause you are already too deep into it ¿that was how I felt. Zoe¿s unique gift appealed to me- hey- she is so attuned to spaces that she can feel the cries of anguish in a room. That¿s cool. As the plot accelerates to its inevitable twist, Krentz managed to maintain a seductive atmosphere. The discovery of the whodunit of one murder will surprise us (I certainly did not see it coming!) The interplay of the book¿s sub-characters keeps the plot perking along ( but does the author have to simplify things by indicating that Bonnie and Arcadia will end up with Singleton and Stagg respectively¿wow¿imagine all those Saturday night triple dates!!!) Krentz is a master story teller, weaving together all the pieces, including a parallel story from a century ago (the throw in of an age old murder was intriguing and the bubblegum pink Nightwinds sounds adorable!) The motive for the main homicide seemed crazy ( then again the killer is crazy) but fans might still appreciate it. It¿s got everything, suspense, romance and a little bit of the paranormal and yet¿.it ended up being just a run of the mill to me. Something was a bit off¿..but that¿s my opinion. It's still worth a read and i would still come back for more of Krentz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2003

    A good mystery!

    IF you love to read a good mystery novel with thrills and chills than you'll enjoy this book. Readers of bestselling authors: Nora Roberts and Sherry Mauro will also love this writer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2003

    Judith Krentz never disappoints her readers.

    It is wonderful to read such a well written book. 'Light in Shadow' holds your interest from Page 1. Whenever you put this book down, you can't wait to get back to it and your sorry when it ends. Never fear, Ms. Krentz always has another fascinating book to follow and capture your interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    great!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book was amazing.I couldnt put it down the suspence was amazing and it kept me on my toes.Ethan and Zoe make a great couple and this book is really great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2003

    WONDERFUL!

    Krentz has really done a great job. The two people in this book Zoe and Ethan really keep you on the edge of your seat. Every page you turn something else unfolds. This is really a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2003

    LOTS OF TWISTS, TURNS AND TREMBLING IN THIS TALE!

    Accomplished voice performer Joyce Bean keeps listeners' pulses pounding as she gives a thrill packed reading to Jayne Ann Krentz's latest first rate mystery. Zoe Luce is a top notch interior decorator in the Arizona town of Whispering Springs. Krentz fans know that's not all Zoe is. She's also gifted with psychic powers - she knows immediately if she goes into a room where a crime has occurred. Did someone do in his/her spouse? The very walls let Zoe know it. She is currently assisting recently divorced clients to redo their homes, all the better to begin a new life. However, could it be that her newest client, Davis Mason, murdered his ex-wife? She's convinced that he did, and to bring the dirty deed to light she hires private investigator Ethan Truax. Ethan takes more than a shine to Zoe, and the feeling's mutual. But Zoe has a few secrets of her own, which Ethan soon discovers. The path of their love isn't running smoothly at all - in fact, the more Ethan pokes around the more he endangers both of them. Lots of twists, turns, and trembling in this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2002

    A Great Ride!

    Jayne Ann Krentz packs it all into this thrilling romance and proves why she remains at the top of my list. Lots of twists and turns, a tight exciting plot, great characters and an incredible ending. Dont miss it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2002

    A Page Turner

    This is another amazing novel that you will not be able to put down. Great pacing, memorable characters and great surprises. And I definitely agree with a previous reviewer - THE GRAVEL DRIVE is a must read!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    strong romantic suspense

    She is an interior designer who incorporates the principles of feng shui and other New Age ideas when she redesigns a house. Zoe Luce is so popular in Whispering Springs that the wealthy Davis Mason hires her to redo his home. When she walks into the master bedroom she senses that somebody very recently was murdered there and she thinks it was Davis¿ missing wife. Not wanting to work for a killer, Zoe hires private investigator Ethan Truax to discover what happened to her client¿s wife. It doesn¿t take long For Ethan to discover that Davis did indeed murder his wife and he offers to protect Zoe before Davis kills her too. He gets there in time to incapacitate Davis. Zoe and Ethan¿s relationship is far from over. Somebody knows that Zoe escaped from Candles Lake Manor after being wrongfully committed there by her dead husband¿s family. Zoe knows that she will somehow flush out the killer who destroyed her life and bring him to justice if Ethan can protect her from the blackmailers and those who will harm her. Jayne Ann Krentz can always be counted on to write an excellent work of romantic suspense and she doesn¿t disappoint her audience in LIGHT IN SHADOW. The heroine and hero bumble along into a relationship that neither wants to let go of but one in which both are afraid to admit their true feelings. This endears them to the audience who will find them very likable and unpredictable as they jump from the frying pan into the fire as there are two distinct subplots linked by this attractive duo. Harriet Klausner

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