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Tainted

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by Brooke Morgan
     
 

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In a dazzling tour de force of suspenseful storytelling, first-time novelist Brooke Morgan ingeniously peels away layers of artifice and deception to reveal the fears and uncertainties that live in the hearts of us all.

Holly Barrett first saw Jack Dane early one morning—tall, tan, and so heartbreakingly handsome he took her

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In a dazzling tour de force of suspenseful storytelling, first-time novelist Brooke Morgan ingeniously peels away layers of artifice and deception to reveal the fears and uncertainties that live in the hearts of us all.

Holly Barrett first saw Jack Dane early one morning—tall, tan, and so heartbreakingly handsome he took her breath away. He also seemed like the last person to disrupt her quiet, uneventful days with her sensitive daughter, Katy. But the charming, enigmatic Englishman has blown into her small Cape Cod town like a brisk summer wind off the bay.

He sweeps Holly off her feet, and is soon touching the lives of everyone she deeply cares about. But is Jack the considerate, concerned gentleman he appears to be—or is there a very different creature lurking below the surface? Has a monster entered her life . . . and how far will Holly have to go to save the person she loves more than anyone else in the world?

Editorial Reviews

People
“[T]his sneak-up-on-you page-turner packs a suspenseful wallop that will chill your soul.”
People Magazine
"[T]his sneak-up-on-you page-turner packs a suspenseful wallop that will chill your soul."
Publishers Weekly
The real-life murder case of British toddler Jamie Bulger helped inspire Morgan's excellent debut, an impeccably paced suspense novel set on Cape Cod. When 17-year-old Holly Barrett becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with 18-year-old Billy Madison, Billy, who comes from a privileged background, splits after learning the news. Five years later, Billy returns to Shoreham, Mass., eager to be a father, but Holly's not interested. Having endured the loss of her parents and not trusting Billy, she's content living on Birch Point with Katy, her five-year-old daughter; her granddad, Henry; and Henry's dog, Bones. After meeting a handsome Englishman, Jack Dane, Holly dives headfirst into a quickie marriage, despite signs Jack isn't who he says he is. Henry, who's initially pleased, begins noticing Jack acting inappropriately with Katy. Morgan, a U.S. ex-pat living in the U.K., successfully exploits the classic woman-in-jeopardy (plus child) theme. (Dec.)\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061853371
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Pages:
429
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 8.04(h) x 1.04(d)

Meet the Author

Brooke Morgan is a Bostonian who now lives in London with her two children. Tainted is her first novel.

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Tainted 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not even sure if this is a good story or not because I was too destracted by the horrible grammar and mechanics to notice the story. Don't authors have editors to help them polish their work? If you are used to reading polished narratives, this is not the novel for you. The dialogue is forced and over dramatic, and the glaring grammatical mistakes make the story confusing. This writer needs to get a good editor and then try again. However, one could make a good drinking game taking a shot every time one sees a misused semicolon. He or she would be completely sauced before the end of chapter two! Just say no to this disappointing work, or like me, you will be wanting your money back!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boom! Boom! Boom! Man, what was up with these thunderstorms. After my friends had ditched me, I was living alone on the island. I got some firewood and started a fire. Since it was raining, I had to do it under some thick trees. Since I had nothing to do, I decided to explore. I climbed a tree and looked around. FEELING LONELY? I was so suprised, I lost my grip on the tree! Bad thing the tree very tall. But before I even touched the ground, I was floating right next to the tree. FOUND A POWER, DIDN'T YOU? At first I was scared, but I learned the trick. All I had to do was lean in the direction I wanted to do. "Haha!" For a moment, I was happy, but two words changed my emotion. FEELING LONELY? "Oh shut up" I said. Growling, I slowly drifted myself onto the ground. I suddenly felt hungry. Searching through my bag, I found a peice of beef jerky. I quickly wolfed it down. It help my stomach, but I was still hungry. I drifted up, and I could'nt believe what I saw. A fire! My friends were looking for me! I picked up my bag, put out the fire, and hurried towards the fire. I heard a lot of people, and I realized they must have found the other part of the plane. I stopped at the camp. There was no one, but I still heard voices. I looked around, and turned to be 3 inches away from a night-camo tent. I found the flap entrance and walked in. Wow! They were having a party! But something was weird... A party in the middle of a island? I found a door that led to a room. A door in a tent? But that wasn't the most horrifying thing ever. Inside, on a bed, were John and Jessica making out. <br> <p> No way. There was something going wrong here. I ran towards the exit but I heard John say,"Where do you think you're going?" THESE ARENT YOUR FRIENDS! FIGHT THEM, KILL THEM, OR RUN! THESE ARE EVIL SPIRITS! MY BEST CHOICE: KILL THEM. I reached for some knives. John reached towards me. Without hesitating, I chopped off his hand. He didn't even flinch. I stabbed him in the throat, but it just healed. He got closer and I stuck a knife in his eye. He screamed and layed on the floor, screaming until he disinegrated. I looked at Jessica. This was going to be the hardest one. She jumped on me. We both tumbled to the floor. I tried to kick her, but she jabbed a hand at my face. It smashed to the floor. "Dont you want another kiss before you die?" She pulled her lips closer but I pushed her away. I used my prosthetics to jam her eye. I guessed that was their weakness. She whispered,"Not bad" and tackled me. She slammed my head into the floor over and over again. I finally got a knife and plunged it into her heart. This time she screamed and disinegrated. I stood there, silently crying. What have I done?
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cathyCT More than 1 year ago
this book was very fascinating a real page turner
harstan More than 1 year ago
On Cape Cod, single mom of five year old Katy, Holly Barrett rides the bus when a "faintworthy" hunk sits next to her. He says his name is Jack Dane with an English accent and he has applied for a waiter's job at the new upscale Figs in Shoreham. She says she lives in Shoreham. Katy is with her septuagenarian great grandfather Henry while Holly thinks back to high school and the child's father Billy Madison who just graduated from Stanford and heading to Harvard Law. He never acknowledged the child as his but now wants to meet Katy. He asks Holly who says he is too late. Jack tells Holly he got the job and wants to celebrate with her. They enjoy a meal, but she fails to mention Katy. They go to her house where he kisses her, but sees the pictures of Katy and tells Holly he cannot deal with a child so he ends their potential relationship. Henry meets Jack who later realizes Holly is his new friend's granddaughter when she arrives with Katy. He likes Katy's energy and is attracted to Holly so he asks her out. Three weeks later, Jack moves in with Holly and Katy. Billy arrives to see Katy. Jack says no making it clear he is Katy's dad. This is the first doubt about how altruistic Jack truly is as Billy tells Henry he thinks Holly's man is evil and overly controlling. The cast is strong as the key players seem fully developed. The growing doubts of the support cast re Jack are handled deftly. Although the story line feels padded especially in the latter half and Billy had no reason to believe Jack was evil, fans will relish this strong family thriller with a terrific final spin. Harriet Klausner