|Plot Summary of Painting the Darkness|
William Trenchard is a very content man in his marriage and family life until the day a stranger appears in his home claiming to be Sir James Davenall, the supposesdly dead former fiance of Trenchard's wife, Constance. Eleven years earlier, Davenall had disappeared and was declared a suicide. The stranger has returned to claim his rightful inheritance, including the love of Constance. His mother, Lady Davenall, and brother, Sir Hugo are adamant that he is an imposter and the case must go to court. The story turns on Trenchard's desperate attempt to save his marriage and way of life, by proving the man an imposter. Is he really Sir James and why did he disappear? By the time these questions are answered, Davenall family serets going back more than 30 years are exposed, and William has plumbed the depths of his own despair. A masterful story that will keep the reader guessing until the very end.
This synopsis report prepared by Linda Sourpuss
|Chapter Analysis of Painting the Darkness|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- 19th century
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- catching con-artist
- business executive
- fancy mansion
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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