Until I Die (Die for Me Series #2)

Until I Die (Die for Me Series #2)

by Amy Plum


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The internationally bestselling sequel to the paranormal romance Die for Me, which Aprilynne Pike, New York Times bestselling author of the Wings series, said "delivers a refreshingly human heroine alongside a hero truly deserving the title."

Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of love. Only, there isn't exactly a happily ever after with the revenants…. Vincent promises to do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate. But will their happiness come at too high a price? If he doesn't sacrifice himself to save others, innocent people will die. When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent's immortality is in jeopardy.

In Die for Me, the first book of the trilogy, Amy Plum created a captivating story and unique mythology, causing Booklist to declare, "Move over, Bella and Edward." Now with Until I Die the saga continues, and as Kirkus said, "Plum handles the intrigue and builds tension, ending with a major cliffhanger that should compel readers to the final book in the trilogy."

This paperback edition has extras inside. Discover the official playlist; enjoy a sneak peek at If I Should Die, the final book in the trilogy; and more!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062004048
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Series: Die for Me Series , #2
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 8.32(h) x 1.19(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Amy Plum is the international bestselling author of the Dreamfall series, the Die for Me series, and the After the End series. She spent her childhood in Birmingham, Alabama, her twenties in Chicago and Paris, and several more years in London, New York, and the Loire Valley. Now she lives in Paris and swears she’ll never move again. You can visit Amy online at www.amyplumbooks.com.

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Aprilynne Pike

PRAISE FOR DIE FOR ME:“I devoured this lush, mysterious romance, which delivers a refreshingly human heroine alongside a hero truly deserving of the title.”

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Until I Die 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 215 reviews.
Natalia Diaz More than 1 year ago
Last year I was greatly surprised by Die For Me (Revenants #1). The story was so original and well written, and the characters were so real and lovable that I immediately placed the book among my favorite releases of the year. This time, Until I Die (Revenants #2) absolutely blew my mind, and also, it smashed my soul to a million pieces (Oh my God! what an ending!). The story picks-up soon after the ending of Die For Me. Kate and Vincent are a lovely couple, but of course they have this big problem going on due to Vincent's compulsion to die for humans. This obviously complicates Kate and Vincent's relationship. So, Vincent starts an experiment that will help him to avoid his desire to die, but unfortunately this experiment also has its risks (which I wont give away). In the other hand, Kate researches another way to help Vincent to fight his revenant nature and help him to stay alive long enough until... until the day Kate grows old and dies. The second installment of this invigorating paranormal romance absolutely stole my heart. If I loved Revenants before, now I love them even more! Amy Plum's marvelous story telling kept me turning pages with no stop. I love how mature and realistic Kate's character is. Specially the way she handles her presence into the paranormal world she is now part of. In addition, Vincent is as captivating as always yet, he is not the typical and perfect fictional knight in shining armor. Vincent, regardless being a supernatural being himself, feels really human and real to the reader. That is what makes Vincent so alluring. He is believable. I love so many things about Until I Die and I could talk about the plot, the fascinating Parisian setting, the well developed characters and the enthralling Revenant concept forever. Yet, I obviously prefer you to experience this spellbinding love story by yourself. I 100% recommend it! With a heart-wrenching ending that yet sparks with hope, Until I Die will make you feel hundreds of emotions at the same time. Amy Plum has definitely played one of her greatest cards and I cannot wait to know how she will conclude this enthralling story (and one of my favorites!) in If I Should Die, the third and last book of this fabulous trilogy. Here I have another long torture to bear until If I Should Die hits the shelves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt wait to read the second book but found the ending unsettling.....
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
Talented writer. Great story line. Enjoyed this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant wait im so excited i loved the first one now im gonna love this one too!!!!!!!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I trully enjoyed this book! I especially liked the fact that the characters were believable, not whiney like a lot of young adult books can be. The characters were mature, but not too mature that you wouldn"t believe their age. I so look forward to the final book of this trilogy! I can't believe I have to wait a year for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant wait for this book!!!
sammerstiger More than 1 year ago
i love the book it was sad but cant wait for the next book to come out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hope this goes on to be a sieries because im absaloutly in love with it and im only on page 43!! You have to get but make sure to read " Die for Me" first(:
Jalyn4Ever More than 1 year ago
If u luv this series u should check out the mortal instruments!!!!! Both r sooooo goooood!!!!!1
Snout More than 1 year ago
This book will leave you desperate for the final installment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will there be another book?!?!?!?!
Shelby1 More than 1 year ago
This book is the best i have ever read! Die For Me was great, but this one blows away all compettiton. It's not very often a book can make you cry, but this one did, i reccomend it to anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She has out done herself once again!! I can't wait till the next book comes out. It can't come soon enough!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Loved this book even better than the first one. I hate the fact that I have to wait until ??? for the next book because the cliff hanger killed me.
TheLiteraryPhoenix 8 months ago
The story from Die For Me continues on in the second book in the trilogy. With the Numa leader dead, it seems the Revenant have a bit of unexpected quiet. For Vincent and Kate, this means trying to find a way to be together that doesn't destroy either one of them. But for the Revenant as a whole, the silence of the Numa is disconcerting. Jean-Baptiste, determined to get ahead of their enemies, brings in a pair of Revenant from the countryside to help, but are Violet and Arthur who they seem to be? While Until I Die continues to be a very cheesy YA paranormal romance, I still find myself enjoying this series. It's light, quick to read, and I really enjoy the unexpected blips of dialogue. As a middle book, the plot lulls, but I've grown to expect that in trilogies and it doesn't really both me too much - instead, I find myself enjoying the ride and getting more into the world building. The characters are a bit flat, but I continue to enjoy the variety of relationships - siblings, friends, grandparents, lovers of all ages and relationship lengths, the works. I think Amy Plum writes the relationships well, and while the characters themselves may not impress, their candor is good. As far as the ending goes, while the villain of this one was totally predictable for me, the very ending came unexpected. Four stars may seem a bit generous for a book with a mediocre plot and mediocre characters, but the Revenant series continues to be pure enjoyment for me. I like Amy Plum's writing and I like that I can devour the book without becoming too annoyed with its predictability. Ultimately, I'd say Until I Die and the rest of the Revenant series may not appeal to everyone, I'm looking forward to finishing it out.
booktwirps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series is one that I normally wouldn¿t pick up. It¿s very romance-centric and I tend to not gravitate toward paranormal romances. Now, let me clarify something, I don¿t dislike romances, it¿s just that I like the freaky, spooky aspects of the paranormal, and I feel that focusing heavily on the romantic side kind of ruins the thrill for me. I am happy to say that this series proved me wrong ¿ a paranormal romance can be intriguing, romantic and a little creepy at the same time. Just like the Spellbound books, the romance is what drives the paranormal aspect and keeps it exciting.When I read Die for Me, the first book in the series, I was a little underwhelmed. I¿m happy to say that I found myself enjoying this installment much more, probably because I knew what to expect. Seeing Kate and Vincent and the other Revenants was like seeing an old friend I hadn¿t visited with in a year, and I enjoyed the continuation of their story. We get a lot more history of the Revenants here, and a lot more Jules. I can honestly say he is my favorite character. He¿s funny, charming and someone I would totally be friends with if he were real. I also liked that we got to see more of Kate¿s sister, Georgia. I felt she added a nice balance, as did the new Revenants, Violette and Arthur. Their unique personalities added to an already strong cast of characters.While this is definitely a ¿filler¿ book, it does drive the series forward, though it did seem to drag at times. Still, it¿s a great addition to the series and builds to what promises to be a very intriguing third book. I love Ms. Plum¿s writing and the way she so effortlessly places us in Paris. I¿ve never been, but she made me feel like I had. My biggest complaint with the book was the cliffhanger ending. I¿m seeing this A LOT in second books lately. While it definitely keeps the reader wanting more, it¿s beginning to feel a little gimmicky. I will say that the cliffhanger in this case is very shocking, and I didn¿t expect the series to go in this direction. I will definitely be coming back for the third, and final book.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After falling in love wit the first book I knew I had to read the sequel. Just as I expected there were many changes and growth to the characters. With an explosive ending, I'm not sure what to say! Until I Die, picks up right from where the last book ended. Kate has grown so much in her knowledge and her relationship with the revenants. I am pleased to see that Kate is not totally dependent on Vincent. Kate gathers her own strength to do what she needs to do. The plot line of this book is fast paced and exciting. With each new chapters, more information about the revenants is exposed. It is easy to get intrigued with each new rule that Ms. Plum throws at the readers. The way she builds up her world slowly, tantalizing the reader till the last page is perfect. The love interest of course I adored. There is so much swooning to be held in the world of Vincent. I love the comments he tells Kate and most of all, love his willingness to do anything he can do for her. One more thing, the ending. Now, I was not expecting this. Well, I was expecting a dramatic ending due to the fact that through out the book is pretty much fluffy. I knew the author had to throw something in the mix it up. And did she. HECK YEAH! I mean really! WHY?!??! With that said, Until I Die is an awesome and surprisingly exciting story. The rise and fall of the characters provide wonderful fun that the reader can easily step into. Until I Die is a charming sequel that definitely precedes the first book.
jennrenae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to receive an arc of Until I Die from Edelweiss Above the Treeline, and I started reading it the moment it downloaded. It actually started out pretty slow with most of it focusing on character development--I even got discouraged at one point because I felt like nothing was happening. But I am SO GLAD I kept going--it really starts to pick up near the middle, adn from that point, I just had to know what was going to happen. Amy Plum did an excellent job of providing twists and turns--I mean, there were parts I never would have seen coming! Any time I tried to predict what the bad guys were up to, I was proven wrong. And even more interesting, Amy Plum doesn't even reveal who the antagonist is until the very end--another surprise I didn't see coming! Why should you read this book? 1.) If you loved Vincent in the first book, you will truly love him in Until I Die. He is even more sexy, more mysterious, and more protective. 2.) You will learn even more about the Revenants--secrets they hide and prophecies they believe. Plus, we get a little insight into revenants in other parts of the world. 3.) You will get to know the characters even better. I really think my favorite part of Amy Plum's Revenant series is the deepness of her characters. She knows how to write so that you feel like you know her characters--even the ones that aren't focused on like Gaspard, Jean-Baptiste, and some of the other revenants. I loved getting to know Ambrose and Jules more in this one--full of loyalty, trust, and charisma. 4.) And finally--the cliffhanger ending. I had to reread the last page a few times to see if I missed anything because I quite literally wanted to fall to my knees and scream, "You can't end there!" 2013 can't come soon enough! 5.)I feel weird with only 4, so I'll add a quick 5th....Push through the slower parts in the beginning because it is definitely worth it to see how the rest of the story unfolds
jacindahinten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Die for Me was written to be a standalone novel. It should have stayed that way in my opinion. I totally fell in love with Die for Me and Kate and Vincent last year. Until I Die had me still loving the characters, but I was rather bored with the story. I will not be reading the third and final book in the series. I¿m going to kind of forget that I read Until I Die and just remember my love for Die for Me. Until I Die wasn¿t horrible, but it was nowhere near as good as Die for Me and was just an okay story overall.
novelgoddess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
GoodReads Synopsis: Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.As their romance deepens there¿s one question they can¿t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can¿t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he¿ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake¿and that Vincent¿s immortality is in jeopardy.My Thoughts: ¿Until I Die¿ did not move near as fast for me as ¿Die for Me¿ did. Often we learn the all the background in the first book¿but ¿Until I Die¿ had just as much if not more than the first book. While there was some romance between Vince and Kate, finding a way for them to be together for the long haul was more of the focus. With additional aspects of the Revenant histories and prophecies being revealed, we learn that what we thought would be the big trilogy-long conflict at the end of the first book, has changed. It¿s still a battle with the Numa but the why, who, how, and what have all changed. I¿m also getting the distinct impression that Jules is in love with Kate, or thinks he is, and that will figure prominently into the third book.While I do love the revenants¿this installment wasn¿t up to the same level, for me, as ¿Die for Me¿ was. However with the cliffhangers Amy Plum left us with¿I can¿t wait to see the resolution of the series in the next book.
Kr15tina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What I LovedRomance Vincent and Kate are so perfect for each other. Their devotion and passion for one another is epic and touching.I usually don't add quotes, but this one was so touching and displays the essence of their love I had to add it."Watching him was enough. but after a moment he spoke. 'Kate, I've spent a lifetime waiting for you. Before I saw you, I hadn't cared for anyone for... well, for a god part of a century, and it felt like my heart had been permanently disconnected. I wasn't even looking anymore. And without expecting anything...without any hope at all, suddenly you were here.'"CharactersKate: She impressed me immensely in Die For Me and she keeps on impressing me in Until I Die. She is learning to fight so she can protect herself, how freaking cool it that! I would love to be in her shoes and learning all the fight/defensive techniques. She continues to be rational when other characters are completely irrational. Vincent: He is still himself and I still love his character.StoryBetrayal within the house, a curious absence of numa attacks, searching for a painless way for Kate and Vincent to be together without him having to suffer and an ending that rendered me speechless and it total shock. A never ending fight for love, the only thing in the world to fight for. Killing MeOh my goodness I can't believe it ended like that. I think all authors like to torture their readers for the last book before the concluding book. I was so close to tears, I really need next year to get here now so I can have If I Should Die in my hands right now.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I couldn't buy "Until I Die" fast enough. I enjoyed "Die For Me" so very much. I couldn't wait to get more Kate and Vincent and especially my very favorite Revenant Jules. This book takes up a shortly after the concluding events in "Die For Me". The revenants are worried about how quiet the numa are being. They believe it is just a matter of time before the numa attack again. While this means the revenants are all on high alert, the relationship between Vincent and Kate is heating up as well. The two are more in love than ever and are having to face the tragedy of their relationship. Kate will age and die. Vincent may die anytime due to the danger of his 'job' but will likely outlive Kate by millenia. Vincent begins to engage in a secret activity that will hopefully allow him to live longer and fight his urges to save humans long enough to stay alive with Kate. Kate starts some sleuthing of her own when she stumbles upon some information that she believes could also help their relationship. We have two new characters living at the revenant home. Arthur and Violette are revenants from out of town who are taking the places vacated by Charlotte and Charles. Both have secrets of their own for readers to unravel.I was a little annoyed by all the secrets Kate and Vincent are keeping from each other. I also felt like not a lot happened during the story. We get a ton of information which I found interesting but those who want the action in the first book won't find it here. Others have mentioned it but Georgia is an absolute delight in this book. She, Jules, Ambrose, and Charlotte are very strong side characters and I really think they help this series stand out from other similar series. Also the setting is as beautiful and poetic as it is the first book. The final 1/5 of the book finally sees some action. And its really good, strong and interesting action.I also want to mention that I figured out a huge twist in this book very early on. I don't necessarily mind when this happens but I am always extra thrilled when I reach the end of a book and find out that I had it wrong all along."Until I Die" was still a really good book. I am glad I read it and after the ending I know I will get the third book as soon as it is on sale. The writing is excellent (if occasionally too much for my liking) and I strongly believe that the next book will be amazing. It has a great set up in this book.
alaiel.kreuz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At the end of the first book Kate already knows about Revenants and Numas (the good and the bad guys) and after a very hard time cooping with the fact that her boyfriend, Vincent, feels this strong compulsion to die in order to save human lives the verdict is clear: she loves him and can't stay away from him. But Vincent realizes that after loosing her parents Kate's decision is too much so he decides to compromise: he won't die anymore, even if it hurts him not to do so.Now, after killing Lucien who was the Numa's leader in Paris, Kate begins to train so she can defend herself (and her sister, Georgia) just in case the Numa want revenge. But it just doesn't happen...And in meantime Kate and Vincent realize something: he needs to find a way to control the urge to save humans or their relationship won't last too much. Suddenly Vincent actually finds a way, but he wants to keep the details a secret until he can confirm it works... the only problem is that rather than helping it seems it's weakening him by the minute.So Kate resolves to find a way herself... and the only thing she finds is death.Personal opinion:You all know how much I love pretty covers and Until I Die is definitely one of my favorite covers of 2012. The colors, her dress, the background and the composition make a very enticing job!The book of course has been in my TBR pile even before I had it and although I liked it a lot I think a touch of more action will make it better. But let me be more specific: the story was good, really good. Some characters had to leave (but we see one of them for a little bit) and new characters arrived to make the plot richer and complicated.A very interesting fact concerning Jean-Baptiste is revealed and one of Vincent' secrets reaches Kate ears which only make the story more deeper.But I would have love to see Jules a little more because he is just too cute, too funny and too awesome for his own good.And the ending... Oh My Goodness the ending... what a cliffhanger! I don't know how am I going to be able to life after reading it! I know I won't be able to eat or breath... (#dramaqueenmuchanyone). So yes, If I Should Die is already in my wishlist and it has a very special place in my TBR also (since the book doesn't even exists, right now there's a pretty paper with the title taking its place).If you haven't read the series yet then I encourage you to do so, is good, is funny, is different and the way Amy Plum describes Paris will make you feel like you are actually there, walking with the characters.
jessn1017 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yet another book that isn't really BAD per se, but still suffers from the dreaded "second-in-trilogy" syndrome - it doesn't really have a beginning, or an ending, so feels like an incomplete story on its own. I am still on the search of the ever elusive "even better than the first in the trilogy/series" novel. Unfortunately, even with the wide proliferation of series and trilogies, particularly among my favorite genres, these still seem to be among the rarest of specimens. "Until I Die" definitely had its good points, however, and is an honorable attempt at breaking that dreaded curse!First, the good. I feel that the main character, Kate, is one of the strongest female characters in YA fiction. While very much wrapped up in her boyfriend, she never comes across (at least to me) as clingy or needy. She still seems to have her independence and her own identity apart from him. I also still like Vincent very much, although, I did feel in this one that I expected more character growth on his part, and if anything, HE seems to be the clingy, needy one of this couple. The other secondary characters - the Paris Revenants in Vincent's household, and Kate's family members, are still enjoyable, and people I would like to spend time with. Kate's sister Georgia, in particular, seems to have mellowed a bit and becomes that much more enjoyable, as she becomes a bit more mature and relatable. The mystery & world of the Revenants, and Vincent's role within their ranks and how it relates to Kate & Vincent's relationship, is expanded further. In general, the world of the Revenants the author has created works and the rules of the world appear to remain consistent. I did have one or two questions pop up about some of the rules discussed (don't want to go into them too far, as they may be rather spoiler-ish), but I am willing to concede that these points may be expanded upon further in the upcoming third entry. Also, one of the things I had complained about with the first in the series was its predictibility. This book very much remedies that problem! There were enough twists and surprises in this story to keep me on my toes, and to be very curious about where the author will take things in the next entry.Now for the things I didn't like as much. First, there were a lot of secrets kept in this book, and a lack of communication that typically served to move the plot along. I realize this is an often used trope, and I am okay with it being used occassionally, but lack of communication among multiple characters and on various topics seemd to be the entire driving force of this story and the relationships within this one, and it ended up getting rather tiresome. At a few points, I wanted to smack characters upside the head and scream "JUST TELL THEM!", and when they in fact finally did, I wanted to say, "see, you could have avoided that whole situation if you had just listened to me!" So frustrating, and not in a good way, at least when used to this extent. The other thing that bothered me about this story, is that it seemed to move much slower than the first. I just kind of felt like, not that much happened. It seems that at this point in the overarching storyline, we are in information gathering mode in this story, and while I understand that as being necessary, it can cause things to get a little boring and move a little slower at times. Finally, I will say I didn't like the ending of this entry very much. It definitely left a punch-in-the gut cliffhanger, and lots of questions unanswered, which just isn't my personal preference (I NEED closure - ex-boyfriends, and authors of trilogies and series, must just HATE that about me), but, understanding that there is another entry on the way, I am willing to cut some slack on that. Overall, I did still enjoy this story, and am definitely looking forward to reading the next to find out how things all wrap up. If you read and enjoyed the first, "Die For Me", I recommend picking this one up too, and
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: This sequel takes a long time to take off as Kate and Vincent search for ways to stop a revenant from the compulsion to die.Opening Sentence: I leapt, drawing my feet up beneath me, as the seven-foot quarterstaff smashed into the flagstones where I had been standing half a second before.The Review:This book begins the night Charlotte and Charles are leaving the mansion for exile¿also known as Jean-Baptiste¿s other country mansion. (Life as a revenant is hard.) The Parisian revenants are throwing a going-away-welcome-party; wishing Charlotte and Charles good-bye and introducing Violette and Arthur. Violette and Arthur are a super codependent non-couple that have been together since the Middle Ages. They¿re only in town until Charles gets his head back on straight and they don¿t have to worry about him. That being said, they¿ve spent a long time in isolation in the countryside and are more than a little snobby. For one thing, Arthur¿s got the whole aristocratic, revenants-are-better-than-mortals thing going on which doesn¿t exactly endear him to Kate and the others.While the revenants are dealing with their new housemates, Vincent¿s struggling not to die. He¿s stronger than most revenants his age, so he can last longer before the compulsion becomes unbearable, but how long is that? Kate knows he¿s up to something¿probably something dangerous or he¿d tell her about it¿to keep himself alive. But is his so-called cure for compulsion going to threaten his immortality? Kate takes it upon herself to find another way¿a safer way. Delving into the ancient texts Kate finds an old book called Immortal Love, but the book has words missing. Words deliberately scratched out to keep someone from finding the cure. Her quest to keep Vincent alive and by her side sends her through Paris and straight into the revenant-numa underworld. A world Kate might not be ready to take on alone.Die for Me, the first in the Revenants series, built an interesting mythology around revenants and the numa that Plum evolves even further here. Unfortunately, besides adding backstory and the sketchings of a love triangle this sequel suffers from sequel-itis. It takes a really long time to take off and, to be honest, the mystery of Vincent¿s goings-on when he¿s not with Kate wasn¿t a strong enough plot motivator. A definitely plus side to Kate and Vincent¿s relationship, however, is that they¿re really mature about it. They aren¿t just in love, they¿re a partnership. They work hard to make sure they¿re on the same page and being honest. Even when Vincent¿s keeping secrets, he¿s honest about his secrets. If that makes sense.The plot was predictable and definitely designed to set us up for If I Should Die, with an almost-cliffhanger. But the last eighty pages are where the story really starts to get going, so I wish Plum had carried this book a bit farther into the plot. As I said, the mystery wasn¿t mysterious enough and the stakes weren¿t high enough for this book to hold my interest for long swaths of time.Notable Scene:¿Non,¿ she said sharply. Then, her voice softening, she said, ¿All I ask is that you write your name on one of the cards, and place it in the dish. That way I can send you good wishes in my prayers.¿ She nodded to a stack of index cards on the table next to my chair. I scribbled my name on the card and leaned over to place it in the bowl. And froze.Painted on the inside of the dis was a pyramid inside a circle. A pyramid surrounded by flames. I spun to see the old woman sitting immobile, staring at me with one eyebrow raised. Waiting.I thrust my hand inside my shirt, pulled out my pendant and held the signum out for her to see.She sat there stunned for a second, and then stood to face me. ¿Well, if you had shown me that when you arrived, we wouldn¿t have had to go through this charade, my dear,¿ she said, her expression changing from distant and professional to complicit and friendly. ¿Welcome, l