Trick of the Eye

By Jane Stanton Hitchcock
Read by Anna Fields

9.07 Hours 06/01/2003 unabridged
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Artist Faith Crowell is nearly forty and feels—with some relief, some regret—that she’s now safely past the age of passion, obsessive love, and unsatisfied longings. Concentrating on contenting herself with a solitary life in Manhattan, complete with cat, comfy apartment, and a successful if hardly brilliant career, Faith is shocked when grande dame Frances Griffin drops in to her studio to ask her to paint murals for the ballroom of her legendary Long Island mansion. Flattered, Faith accepts. She eventually learns of the brutal, unsolved murder of Frances’ daughter and begins to wonder why she was chosen for this project, why her employer seems intent on confiding all her secrets to her, and what, exactly, lies beneath the surface of Frances Griffin’s public life.

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Summary

Summary

Finalist for 1992Hammett Prize

Artist Faith Crowell is nearly forty and feels—with some relief, some regret—that she’s now safely past the age of passion, obsessive love, and unsatisfied longings. Concentrating on contenting herself with a solitary life in Manhattan, complete with cat, comfy apartment, and a successful if hardly brilliant career, Faith is shocked when grande dame Frances Griffin drops in to her studio to ask her to paint murals for the ballroom of her legendary Long Island mansion. Flattered, Faith accepts. She eventually learns of the brutal, unsolved murder of Frances’ daughter and begins to wonder why she was chosen for this project, why her employer seems intent on confiding all her secrets to her, and what, exactly, lies beneath the surface of Frances Griffin’s public life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A tautly controlled narrative voice and a prose style that transcends genre key the action in this gothic thriller.” Publishers Weekly
“Anna Fields portrays Crowell as savvy and intuitive, traits that will help her when she learns of the unsolved murder a decade earlier…Fields captures all the suspense of the story as Crowell explores the past just a bit too creatively.” AudioFile
“Those few among Hitchcock’s characters who aren’t charming, unusual, and thoroughly likable are certainly overflowing with surprises. Pure pleasure for psychological-suspense fans.” Kirkus Reviews
“With touches of Edith Wharton, Jane Austen, Patricia Highsmith, and Daphne du Maurier, [this] will appeal to any listener who appreciates excellent writing, complex characters, and absolutely fantastic narrators.” Kliatt

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Author

Author Bio: Jane Stanton Hitchcock

Jane Stanton Hitchcock has written several novels, including Trick of the Eye, Social Crimes (People magazine’s Beach Book of the Week), and One Dangerous Lady. She lives in New York and Washington, DC.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 9.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English