Silence

Silence

by Charles MacLean
     
 

Tom and Karen Welford live in a fairy tale existence -- a successful marriage; wealth; good looks; a beautiful child; and Edgewater, their sprawling estate on Long Island's exclusive Gold Coast. But beneath this veneer of carefree gentility, the Welford's are playing out a sordid tale of dark obsessions and double lives, of sadism, addiction, and abuse. Worst of all… See more details below

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Tom and Karen Welford live in a fairy tale existence -- a successful marriage; wealth; good looks; a beautiful child; and Edgewater, their sprawling estate on Long Island's exclusive Gold Coast. But beneath this veneer of carefree gentility, the Welford's are playing out a sordid tale of dark obsessions and double lives, of sadism, addiction, and abuse. Worst of all their little boy has been scared literally speechless by what he has seen.

Drawing strength from a secret lover, Karen tries to flee her husband's twisted tyranny and put the madness and deception behind her. But she needs money for her escape. So Karen turns to a shadowy figure who, unbeknownst to her, harbors plans to ensnare all three -- husband, wife, and lover -- in a fiendishly clever trap that will turn them against one another, and lead to blackmail, betrayal, and murder.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Sadomasochism, murder, wealth and kidnapping combine in this intriguing but ultimately disappointing psychological thriller. Tom and Karen Welford live on their exclusive Long Island estate with their enviable fortune and their quiet little boy, Ned. Too quiet, in fact; for the toddler is scared speechless, presumably by his parents' abusive rituals. Planning to leave her marriage, Karen turns to Victor Serafim, a loan shark whose schemes include nabbing Ned and murdering both Tom and Joe Haynes, Karen's secret lover, who conveniently also turns out to be Ned's real father. If Maclean (The Watcher) had spent as much time developing his plot as he did fleshing out secondary characters and delving into psyches, The Silence might have made more noise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061012334
Publisher:
HarperTorch
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
4.16(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.90(d)

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