“We want Lisa Van der Linde found.” David Brewster, lands this task, more than twenty years after Lisa, the only daughter of Rotterdam based businessman Johann Van der Linde, disappears. In 2010, she becomes the sole heiress and major shareholder of the Van der Linde Corporation. They want her found, dead or alive.
Lisa, assured a life of leisure, privilege, is expected to marry the right man, conform to the norms of the ultra rich. Instead, at age fifteen, the painfully shy Lisa, meets Eugene, a badass from across the tracks. Eugene is good with women, and Lisa, no match for his practised skill.
“Come next week,” is the first command Eugene issues to Lisa. “Never cut your hair again,” follows shortly. She obeys both. Lisa, who usually avoids contact with people, locks eyes with Eugene across a hall, ten minutes before he makes these demands.
She was not to know he only attended the social to meet her, seduce her, use her.
The story tracks their unusual relationship, intertwined with David's quest for Lisa, and his own budding romance with Henrietta.
Set in Johannesburg and Bulawayo, Frankie Kay explores themes of love, dependency and racial interactions within the context of very different character types.
Lisa, an Aspergers sufferer and painfully shy is intelligent yet terrified of people.. Elusive Eugene, as constrained by his character as are we all, forever in the background, manipulating, dominant. David, a people person. Henrietta: cool, controlled poised.
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About the Author
I'm an author from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. I've written a novel, Silk Threads and a few short stories. Although Frankie is a pen name, she is the me who never grew up, the crazy kid who spoke to animals, talked to the wildflowers and asked awkward questions...I love: music, the silence..., distant horizons. I hate: crowds and spending money.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed reading this book. Kay presents a simple but riveting romantic and investigative plot. Her character development is excellent, particularly with four of the main characters (Lisa, Henrietta, Eugene and David). I personally loved the character David, but Eugene is really a masterpiece. The sexuality in this piece is particularly liberal, and may disturb some readers, but it is an essential element of the story. The investigative part of the plot is carefully thought out, and I was happy to pick out clues as I went. Doing this made me thoroughly enjoy a particular chapter. It is set up in a wildlife orphanage and encapsulates the book plot and theme in a powerful metaphor. It’s probably one of the best chapters I’ve ever read in any novel. Overall, it’s a very good book that I recommend to any romance fan. There is a little something for mystery fans too. There are also great snippets of life in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and South Africa for all those who may be interested.