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Terry Painter lives a nice quiet live in tranquil Delray Florida, where the single, forty-year-old nurse lives alone in the house she inherited from her mother. When young, vibrant Alison Simms rents the cottage on her property, the two women strike up a fast friendship-and Terry is swept up into a fantastic new life. But nothing about her newfound companion seems right, and as it appears. Terry discovers more about Allison's secretive past and her lies and deceptions. Terry becomes locked into a race to reclaim her own life-before she opens the door any further to the stranger she thought she knew.
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Atria, Aug 2002, 25.00
ISBN: 0743446259

In Delray, Florida, forty-year-old nurse Terry Painter prided herself on her sensible pragmatic nature. Yet when the very tall young looking Alison Simms arrives at her home inquiring about renting a cottage from her, Terry agrees to lease the place. After Alison leaves, Terry thinks about what happened, as she knows nothing about her new tenant.

However, Terry and Alison seem to get on and a friendship begins to form though the older woman has concerns with the ambiguous responses her tenant provides to her questions. When Terry reads entries in Alison's journal that imply her tenant was seeking her out specifically in Florida, she wonders why. When she meets two friends of Alison and the woman's “brother”, Terry turns even more paranoid that her renter and associates want to do her harm unless she acts first.

WHISPERS AND LIES is an exciting suspense thriller that never lets up until the final twist occurs. The story line is fast-paced as the audience observes Terry becoming increasingly paranoid over Alison and her friends, but fans will wonder if the distrust and anxiety is valid or crazy. Genre fans will want to read Joy Fielding's latest novel told from the perspective of Terry, but make sure not to have any company for a few days.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   vigilante getting revenge    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   nurse/medtech Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Deep South City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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