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In Malice Quite Close
By Brandi Lynn Ryder
*this is #3 of four books in a row I'm blasting to you this week in the Fall Fab Book Giveaway-
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When I was first asked to review In Malice Quite Close, I have to admit, I almost turned it down. The title didn’t quite appeal to me (later I discover it’s part of a poem), and then at first, the description didn’t really grab me. But something, somehow pulled at me, and I told the publicist to go ahead and send it to me.
This is one of those really cool times I am so glad I didn’t make a mistake. It is an incredible read. It’s definitely not one of my normal chicky books, and definitely don’t get me wrong when I refer to my normal books as “chicky” books, but by now, you all know the types of books I love to read. Women’s fiction.
This one is more of a mysterious thrilling page-turner where I had no clue where it was going or what was happening or who might be a bad guy or if the main character was whacky or not. Do you know what I mean? See … Not my normal read!
I also loved this book because it starts out with a young girl being kidnapped and morphs into her turning into the kidnapper’s lover. There’s also a strong element of the art world as well, and I was an art history major, so that aspect appealed to me.
I started reading it when we got home from Chicago this summer. It was one of those things where I said, “Hmmm, I’ll read the first couple of pages and see where it takes me.” I had piles of mail surrounding me and a bunch of books to sort through, and tons of laundry to do, but I ended up on the couch where I read through the first 43 pages like THAT!
That’s a sign of a really good book. I knew I had to finish this book and then share it with you guys.
Here’s the book blurb:
When Tristan Mourault—expatriate aesthete, and heir to a world-renowned collection of Impressionist masterpieces—catches sight of young Karen Miller during a trip to San Francisco, he knows he must have her. Convincing himself that she deserves more than the frayed, middle-brow life she was born into, he sets in motion a calculated campaign of enchantment and romance that sweeps Karen off her feet. First, he stages her disappearance. Then, her transformation. Karen, the ordinary fifteen-year-old girl, becomes Gisèle—Tristan's daughter by day, his lover by night, and the crowning achievement of his lifelong quest for beauty and perfection.
Fifteen years later, Devon, Washington. Framed by glacial lakes and snow-capped mountains, Devon is a picturesque bohemia with a prospering art scene. Tristan and Gisèle are the center of this elite, eccentric, and capricious world, and Gisèle herself has matured into a sophisticated young woman. The desired object of many admirers, she is also now a devoted mother to her daughter Nicola and a distant wife to Luke, the man she married to keep up appearances. But the secrets that hold their life together are as ornate as the town's legendary architecture. When Nicola uncovers a cache of unsigned nude portraits—all of Gisèle —Tristan's carefully curated world erupts, and tragedy unfolds.
An exploration into the origins of obsession and the beguiling power of art, In Malice, Quite Close tells a story of perilous greed and manipulation, drawing readers into a byzantine drama that keeps its darkest secrets until the very last page.
You can download the first 20 pages of the book on Brandi’s website here: EXCERPT.
To enter to win In Malice Quite Close tell me if you’ve ever picked up a book you weren’t sure about but then were later really surprised by it, either positively or negatively. If you can’t think of one, that’s OK too, just leave a comment, and you’ll be entered. Cuz I’m nice like that!
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