Painting the Darkness Book Summary and Study Guide

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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.
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Plot & Themes

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:    -   1600-1899 Crime Thriller    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   catching con-artist

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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