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Jaishree Pelham comes home one winter day to her husband's dead body. After being suspect by the police, she learns that someone else may have had a motive to kill her husband--her ex-lover, Tim Nancine, the father of her child. But she doesn't even know where he lives. Then Tim shows up out of the blue, knowing everything, and says he knows who killed her husband. When Tim offers to help prove her innocence, she isn't convinced that he's not involved, especially since the police suggest that he may have a 8 year old grudge against her! In the end, she has no choice but to cooperate with him. Jaishree realizes she never stopped loving Tim. Once she learns that the murderer is someone with an obsession for Tim, she fears it is too late for her heart.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   lover Murder of certain profession?    -   businessmen Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Forest?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female areas    -   descript. of male nudity Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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