The Devil's Madonna [NOOK Book]

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Happily married and pregnant with her first child, artist Kali Miller probes Lillian Campbell, her ninety-three year old grandmother, for information about her roots and her mother's accidental death when Kali was a child.  But the impact on her grandmother and the answers that Kali gets are anything but what she expected.  Kali's questions intensify the profound paranoia that has dominated her grandmother's adult life -- that someone from the past has found her - and with Kali's demand for the truth, ...
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Happily married and pregnant with her first child, artist Kali Miller probes Lillian Campbell, her ninety-three year old grandmother, for information about her roots and her mother's accidental death when Kali was a child.  But the impact on her grandmother and the answers that Kali gets are anything but what she expected.  Kali's questions intensify the profound paranoia that has dominated her grandmother's adult life -- that someone from the past has found her - and with Kali's demand for the truth, Lillian sinks into a life of nightmares and paralyzing fear.  Will her life in 1930's Berlin, her loves and lies, and the true meaning of the small painting that she has hidden for more than seventy years be exposed to reveal the hideous secret that has haunted Lillian to this day? Or will the hunt to uncover her past lead to the imminent murder of Lillian and her pregnant granddaughter?  Perhaps murder is the only means to keep Kali and her unborn child from a future that no one in the world would ever want to face?
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Publishers Weekly
In this chilling if bizarre and implausible thriller, Potts (Someone’s Watching) juxtaposes the current-day life of artist Kali Miller, a young woman expecting her first child, with the fragmented memories of Kali’s 93-year-old grandmother, Lillian Campbell. Flashbacks trace Lillian’s troubled journey from girlhood in pre-WWII Austria and the tumult of 1930s Berlin to retirement in Miami, Fla., haunted by fears of the past catching up with her. In the present, Kali, already preoccupied by relationship difficulties with her husband, realizes that she has a stalker. This mysterious figure’s obsession with her is equaled only by his determination to find a small painting hidden somewhere in Lillian’s decaying old house. Kali enlists her grandmother’s faltering recollections in an attempt to unravel the mystery, even as it becomes clear that the solution may reveal more than either woman wants to know. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608090501
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Sales rank: 188,107
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Sharon Potts a native of New York, graduated from New York's University's Stern School of Business. Before migrating to Miami, Potts worked in public accounting. In Miami, Potts served as a managing director of an International staffing company and president of an executive search/accounting recruitment firm. Sharon is the award-winning, critically acclaimed author of In Their Blood, Someone's Watching, and now The Devil's Madonna. Potts lives in Miami Beach with her husband, Joe.
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  • Posted November 27, 2012

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    I picked up Sharon Potts' THE DEVIL'S MADONNA without knowing an

    I picked up Sharon Potts' THE DEVIL'S MADONNA without knowing anything about it, other than the fact her first book, In Their Blood, was highly acclaimed. From the opening chapter, I was engulfed in the story and its characters. This is a book that has twists and turns in each chapter and will have you turning pages rapidly to find out what happens next.

    Potts expertly weaves two stories together; one of Leli, a young Jewish girl trying to survive in Berlin in the 1930's, and one of Leli's granddaughter in present day Miami Beach trying to discover her ailing grandmother's secrets. The flashbacks and two stories are handled flawlessly and each story, while dependent on the other, is distinct and intriguing. This is a well-thoughtout, perfectly-crafted thriller.

    There is a depth to this book that isn't always present in thrillers. Potts tackles the horror of the Holocaust, what it means to be German or Jewish today, and if the two worlds can coexist. It is a thought-provoking book long after you've read the final page.

    I LOVED this book and will seek out Potts' other books to read next.

    Victoria Allman
    author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Riveting look into the heart of evil

    Sharon Potts just keeps getting better. I, too, am an author, and Sharon and I are in the same critique group, and believe me, this is not a puff review of friend's book. If I didn't love the book, I wouldn't review it. But I read parts of this novel as Sharon was writing it, so I already knew and admired how daring, controversial and original the concept was.

    Well, this book is even better than I anticipated. I read it through in one sitting, and now, several days later, I am still thinking about Kali, the main character. I am haunted by her terror and the final secret that is revealed in this fascinating look at free will and the origin of evil.

    Over time, it has become more and more difficult for me to enjoy books and to lose myself in a story. Not so here. From the moment Neil Rabin went jogging down that dark street, saw the flames climbing those lace curtains, and then rescued Kali's 93-year-old grandmother, Lillian Campbell, I was immersed in this tale about a young pregnant woman, an artist, who is searching to discover the details of her own family history that she will now pass on to her child. The novel transported me to the 1930's, and I loved the scenes in the coffee shops and on the streets of Berlin, when the younger and more naive "Lillian" walked into the arms that would soon threaten her and her family for generations to come.

    From the lush language, to the riveting suspense, to the chilling questions about genetic predisposition, guilt, innocence, and forgiveness, Sharon Potts' latest novel, The Devil's Madonna is a book that lingers long after you've turned the last page. There isn't any higher recommendation than that.

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