A Circle of Wives

A Circle of Wives

by Alice LaPlante
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A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante

* An Indie Next Pick
* A LibraryReads Selection
* An Amazon Best Book of the Month (Mysteries & Thrillers)
* A Daily Candy Best Book of March
* One of More Magazine’s "Five Thrillers Not to Read After Dark"

When Dr. John Taylor turns up dead in a hotel room, the local police uncover enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. Detective Samantha Adams, whose Palo Alto beat usually covers petty crimes, is innocently thrown into a high-profile case that is more complicated than any she has faced before. A renowned reconstructive surgeon and a respected family man, Dr. Taylor was beloved and admired. But beneath his perfect façade was a hidden life—in fact, multiple lives. Dr. Taylor was married to three very different women in three separate cities. As the circumstances surrounding his death emerge, Detective Adams finds herself tracking down a murderer through a tangled web of marital deception and revenge. New York Times bestselling author Alice LaPlante’s haunting and complex novel of family secrets dissects—with scalpel-like agility—the intricacies of desire and commitment, trust and jealousy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802122346
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 325
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Alice LaPlante is an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction. She teaches creative writing at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer. She also teaches in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. Her fiction has been widely published in Epoch, Southwestern Review, and other literary journals. Alice is the author of six books, including the LA Times bestseller Method and Madness: The Making of a Story (W.W. Norton 2009). Her first novel, Turn of Mind, was a New York Times , NPR, and American Independent Booksellers Association bestseller, won the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and was named a New York Times and Booklist Editors’ Choice and a #1 IndieNextPick. She lives with her family in Northern California. Author website: alicelaplante.com

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A Circle of Wives 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Dr John Taylor, renowned plastic surgeon, is found dead in a hotel room and small town Detective Samantha Adams gets put on the case.  What seems to be an open and shut case, until it is discovered that he has three wives in three cities.  Detective Samantha Adams finds herself having to go through a web of lies and marital problems.  My Review: A Circle of Wives is told from the point of view of four main characters.   Each of the wives and Detective Samantha all get their own chapters to tell the story from their point of views.   The way this was written the reader was able to get the different sides of what happen and compare the stories.   I truly enjoyed getting to know each character so well.  In this style I was able to relate easier and understand why each woman was so blind to Dr. Taylor’s polygamist lifestyle.   I was also able to draw conclusions as to who might have murdered their husband and why.  Although, I cannot say that I knew who done it until the very end of the book. Alice LaPlante wrote an excellent murder mystery that kept me having to read.  She left me guessing at whom the real killer was and cheering Detective Sam on.    Each chapter had suspense and kept me entertained.   This is the first book that I have read of Alice LaPlantes.   I am positive that I will be looking for more from this wonderful author. 
Twink More than 1 year ago
I loved Alice LaPlante's award winning debut novel - Turn of Mind. It was a mystery told through the eyes of woman in the clutches of Alzheimer's disease. Her newest book A Circle of Wives is another mystery that keeps us guessing. Who is telling the truth? Who can be believed? Renowned and wealthy surgeon Dr. John Taylor is found dead of an apparent heart attack. But when an autopsy reveals suggestions of foul play, the case is handed over to Detective Samantha Adams. This is her first serious case. The immediate suspect is of course the person closest to the victim - in this case, Taylor's wife Deborah. Or perhaps it's his other wife MJ? When a newspaper runs a story on the doctor's death, that's when MJ discovers Taylor's bigamy. And then a third wife pops up. "What's going on is the inaugural meeting of John Taylor's spouses, says Deborah. Would we qualify as a coven? A harem? What is the term for a group of wives? Circle. We are a circle of wives." Was it one of his wives who ended Dr. Taylor's life? Which one of them hated Taylor enough to kill him? Did one of the wives suspect he had more than one spouse? LaPlante tells her story from the viewpoint of each of the wives as well as Samantha, the detective. LaPlante has written an excellent mystery. But just as good are the character studies of each main player. They all have reasons to want John dead and each has their own secrets to keep. LaPlante fleshes them out, leaving us to ponder just which one of them is capable of murder and cunning enough to get away with it. I quite liked Samantha as a protagonist. Her struggle to be taken seriously, her dogged determination and her own personal life provided a great secondary story line. Another thoroughly enjoyable read from LaPlante.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
One of the hottest selling books in recent years, “Gone Girl”, tells the story of a bad marriage, a missing wife and husband suspected of killing her. For fans of “Gone Girl”, there are three recent novels that tread similar ground- that of bad marriages, with elements of murder and psychological twists. They have some similarities- two feature physician husbands, two feature therapist wives, and all three have psychologically damaged people. Alice LaPlante’s “Circle of Wives” tells the story of a celebrated pediatric plastic surgeon found dead in a hotel room. At his funeral, it is discovered that he has three wives.  His first wife lives in the big home and spends her time on charitable works. She is one tough manicured-to-the-teeth cookie, and we come to discover that not only did she know about the other wives, she carefully orchestrated her husband’s complicated life. The second wife got out of a bad marriage and headed west with her two young sons. She became an accountant, and she and her doctor husband lived a quiet life, tending to their peaceful backyard garden. The third wife is a pediatric oncologist, who spent little time with her husband, but understood because his practice was in another city hours away. She was a quiet, disciplined woman who gave so much of her life to her work, she never thought she’d marry. “Circle of Wives” is the most traditional mystery of the three novels, a real whodunit.The writing is crisp and the characters are well written, (especially wife #1) much like LaPlante’s previous novel “Turn of Mind”. Once again, she will keep you guessing to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a good story told in an interesting way. The different narrators moved the story along at a nice pace. I was not liking the way the mystery was shaping up but the twist at the end made it work. This was my first book by this author - it will not be the last
Anonymous 3 months ago
So mouch
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interestingly told with a different premise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable to read. Love the short chapters. Disappointed that the character Joyce was written as Cecilia for a total of four times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She changes a character's name from Joyce to Cecelia, character only in one chapter; first thought it was another character-typos and errors like this annoy me and tend to make the book less enjoyable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the most boring books I have ever had the misfortune to buy for my nook! What a waste of $$$$$!!!!!! Avoid this no matter what!!!!!!!!!!!! Wish I could have given less than 1 star!!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book tremendously. The characters were well developed and interesting.
anonomas More than 1 year ago
This is a very strange book. The author doesn't seem to know where she wants to go.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you kidding ....no book is worth $25.00
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe anyone thought this book was worthy for publication. The characters were unlikable and dreary, the plot thin and not fully developed, and the ending was ridiculous. I was a waste of time and money. I will not read La Plante again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the other reviewer that the book was a ridiculous waste of time! I finished reading and did not understand the meaning of the last paragraph at al!l
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally stupid and waste of time reading such drivel with the murderer confessing all apparently "off the record" at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Uh. Nothing just random talk ^_^"