Anna Coughlin is a modern 1920s woman armed with a college education and a partiality for numbers. Now, within the walls of a fantastic castle-like mansion in the hills of Virginia, her skill will be tested as never before. Hired to serve as financial advisor to wealthy Lawrence Richardson, Anna finds the welcome she receives anything but warm. Lawrence’s handsome but antagonistic son Tyler wants nothing more than to send her packing. The household staff isn’t much better, but who can blame them, considering the way Lawrence’s last advisor, Irene, disappeared . . . Convinced that one of the enigmatic members of the household had something to do with Irene’s disappearance, Anna doesn’t dare trust anyone—not even temperamental Tyler Richardson, who, despite her best intentions, is beginning to steal her heart. A series of frightening incidents ensnare Anna in a maze of intrigue, putting her life in peril. But even as Anna begins uncovering the secrets hidden within the mansion’s stone walls, she harbors a secret of her own. Now, the only question that remains is whether she will disappear as mysteriously as Irene. . . .
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The setting for the story set in the rolling hills of Virginia reminds one more of England or Scotland, with the family living in an actual castle. I loved the description of details, painting a vivid picture in the mind, yet not over done to detract from the story. Ms. Bateman wastes no time in building the intrigue, giving tidbits of "inside" information to entice the reader to want more, yet carefully concealing the real "meat" of the story. The plot unravels piece by piece encapturing the reader, making it hard to put down. I LOVED IT! I read it during a particularly busy time for me, and surprised myself that I somehow found the time to get it through to the end in a matter of two days. I kept stealing moments away from my busy tasks. I just had to find out about Irene!
This book was so great! It caught me right at the beginning and kept me reading until it was done. I couldn't sleep until I knew what happened to Irene. Anna gets called to the house of Lawrence Richardson who has a very large estate. She is asked to get Mr. Richardson's files in order, do his taxes and get his estate running efficiently again. Even with all she has to do, she couldn't stop focusing on the girl that went missing before her under fishy circumstances. Bateman has built a beautiful world (okay setting) in this book. The house sounds amazing, and I felt like I was living in it with Anna. The great property that the Richardson's live on is beautiful, and I could see it while reading this book. I love it when an author can bring a book to life for me. Then there is Tyler. Yummy, Yummy, Tyler. Okay there are other characters in the book that are fantastic as well. Like Anna...other ones....and TYLER ;). All of the characters in the book play an awesome role, but Tyler, he's just, well YUMMY! Anna is very determined to find out what happened to Irene, but when she starts looking too much people start to question her motives. This story is full of twists and turns. It has mystery, secrets, wealthy men fighting, and one person has murder on their mind. I have to admit I did not catch onto the "bad guy" until it came upon me in the book. Needless to say I was surprised by the ending. It was wonderful. If you like, mystery with a bit of romance, this book is for you. It does have a bit of religion in it as well, but it goes with the book beautifully.
I love a good mystery. Let me rephrase. I LOVE a good mystery! A page-turner that simply won't let you put it down. With a plot and characters that keep you reading. And make you wish the book was longer! Searching for Irene has it all and more: An innocent young woman hired by a mysterious wealthy family. An enigmatic (and magnetic) heir. A missing secretary. Suspects. Clues. Red herrings. Clandestine meetings. Family feuds. And remodeling. All packaged together in a bonafide modern castle. The quiet Virginia countryside will never be the same. P.S. I totally guessed the wrong murderer. I'm so dead. Yikes.