As an oil painting ages, its paint may become increasingly transparent, and sometimes the ghost of another painting that was painted over will reappear. When these occur, they are called "repentances."
It is the winter of 1936, in New York.As Europe slides toward world war, the Jewish immigrant community in the city is desparate to get its loved ones from the old country to America. Nathan Ebanholz is about to make the final payment on his wife's and young daughter's passage. But Nathan's joy is short lived. A tragedy has occurred; the ship bringing Miri and Rayzela to America is already at sea and they are not on board. The novel is set in two parts. The first part deals with the consequences of a terrible lie. As a result a crime is committed, two crimes, in fact, a kidnapping and a murder. The lie and the subsequent crime impact the lives of all the characters. In the second part of the novel, the past and present meet head-on. The sins of the past can never stay buried, and the only hope is to uncover the truth.
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About the Author
She is the author or 8 Smith and Wetzon mysteries featuring two women headhunters who stumble over bodies on Wall Street, and Broadway. She is also the author of 2 novels set in Greenwich Village in 1920, featuring poet Olivia Brown: FREE LOVE and MURDER ME NOW. Using the pseudonym Maan Meyers, she and her husband Martin co-authored 7 historical mysteries known as the Dutchman series, set in New York in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. Her story "You Don't Know Me" was chosen by James Ellroy as one of the 20 best mystery stories in 2001. She was the 10th president of Sisters in Crime and is currently on the board of the International Association of crime writers. Website: www.meyersmysteries.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this book on a whim. To my surprise it was a Page Turner. I am an old timer and so this may not be everyone's cup of tea........however for me, re-living the early New York history was a treat as well as enlightening. Cheers.
REPENTANCES by Annette Meyers is subtitled A Novel of Suspense. Really? I didn¿t find any suspense or subtly in the book. It is more like a novel of confusion. This novel takes place in New York from 1936 to 1950. It is told from several character viewpoints. The main plot is about a murder and kidnapping that takes place in 1936 and the crimes¿ repercussions. The reader knows from the beginning who did what and it is only the characters that are confused. There is no big revelation. Rose is Jenny, the kidnap victim. The identity of the artist that tortures Rose is not a big shock. Ben Coopersmith, Rose¿s potential love interest, is uncunningly compared to David Blackwell, Rose¿s adopted uncle/second father. You notice I said potential love interest, because nothing goes forward in this book. The book is about what happens in 1936 and Rose must deal with that in 1950 before she and the reader can move on. The book ends when all that was transparent from the beginning is revealed to Rose. The idea of repentances also know as pentimento, the art term for underlying pictures showing through the top layer of paint is the theme of the book, and it is shoved in the reader¿s face again and again. The good parts of this book are the evocation of time and characters, especially those in the 1930s and 1940s. Rose¿s time in New York¿s art scene in the 1950 is evoked by the mere throwing around of names in the artistic circles of that time. Rose¿s friend and roommate would have been a fabulous character to explore the time, but Crystal, a writer, is a secondary character to Rose¿s trauma. Rose¿s discovery of her true past is all too easy. I was left wondering what the point of this book was. It wasn¿t thrills or suspense. Leslie Strang Akers
In 1936 many Europeans flee to America where they hope to make money to bring loved ones over. In New York City, former Polish medical student Nathan Ebanholz left behind his wife and baby in the old country so that he could earn money for their passage. He accepted an orderly job at Willard Parker Hospital where he met Nurse Stella Zweikel. Though he feels guilty, he has sex with Stella, who informs Nathan that her spouse Martin brings over Jews for a fee. Nathan hires him........................................... Martin learns that anti-Semitic Poles killed his client¿s wife and daughter. Apparently Stella knew but collected the final fee anyway. When Nathan learns the truth especially that Stella knew, he kills her. He leaves the hospital taking a sick infant with him and heads to his sister Anna in Jersey claiming the child is his. Anna learns the truth about her in-law and niece, Nathan¿s ¿child¿ and her abusive father Topinski and her brother¿s probable murder of Stella, but decides Rosa (as they call her) is better off with them. A half crazed Martin believes Nathan killed Stella and stole their child; Topinksi seeks his child to inflict more pain on his daughter................................ REPENTANCES is an intriguing historical crime thriller that hooks the audience with the insight to the Jewish plight. The events seem like dominoes as hitting one topples the next one and so forth. Though the murder and abduction appears oddly correct reactions for am insane person, making Topinksi so vile allows easy rationalization for the kidnapping. Fans will appreciate this deep look at an era when the American government and charities ignored the plight of immigrants leaving behind family in unsafe conditions........................... Harriet Klausner