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A great story, very hard to put down but just a bit too long for a one-sitting read which it deserves.  It concerns a rich American family with parental and financial secrets.  Our narrator, Mabel, is not of their world.  She comes from a poor background and is a college chum of the daughter.  She is invited to spend the summer with the extended family on their luxurious estate.  It is the patriarch’s sister who approaches Mabel to expose her monstrous brother for she believes the Van Gogh in the main house to be hers.  She gives Mabel an old diary where, she says, the truth lies.  The diary goes back to the 1920s and there are a lot of ‘truths’ to expose!  Great stuff. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

Sarah Broadhurst

Bittersweet Synopsis

One perfect family. Too many perfect lies. Mabel Dagmar has always been ordinary. She is used to being invisible. So she is surprised and flattered when college roommate Genevra Winslow invites her to spend the summer with her prestigious family in Vermont. The Winloch estate is usually closed to outsiders, but this is Mabel's lucky day. Before she knows it, she has everything she's ever wanted: friendship, a boyfriend, and for the first time in her life, the feeling that she belongs. But as Mabel becomes an insider, she makes a horrifying discovery. Soon she must choose: expose the truth about the Winslows and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family's dark secrets and endure the consequences.

Bittersweet Press Reviews

'An engrossing summer blast'
MAGGIE SHIPSTEAD, bestselling author of Seating Arrangements

'A modern and sophisticated thriller... a tale encompassing love, murder and incest that makes for an enthralling, if hard to swallow, story'
STYLIST

'Evokes Gone Girl with its exploration of dark secrets and edge-of-your-seat twists'
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

'Gripping, beguiling and beautifully written... a page turner that chills as it intoxicates. Miranda Beverly-Whittemore has created a family so dangerously enthralling that the more we learn of their greed and bloodlust, the more we aspire to belong'
KATE CHRISTENSEN

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ISBN: 9780007536672
Publication date: 28th April 2015
Author: Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
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About Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is the author of three novels, including The Effects of Light and Set Me Free, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, for the best book of fiction by an American woman published in 2007. A recipient of the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, she lives and writes in Brooklyn and Vermont.

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