Norah Henry , Dr David Henry’s wife remarks “Our world will never be the same.” before they start to the hospital for Norah’s first delivery during a blizzard . Little did she or Henry think about how much weight those words carry : Norah delivers twins unprecedentedly – a boy and a girl . While the boy is a healthy infant , the girl has Down’s syndrome . David secretly entrusts the baby to the care of a nurse while informing Norah that the child has died during birth . Norah would not come to know about her daughter’s existence until 25 years later – but the secret which had weighed down David like ” a stone around his neck ” as he himself puts it has torn the family apart .
Amanda Brock , psychiatrist Randall Brock’s wife dies in what seems to be a freak car accident . Investigator Susan Adler is forced to take a second look at Amanda’s case when the Medical Examiner’s office finds evidence pointing to murder .
When Brock thinks he knows everything about Amanda , he receives a visit from a stranger who lets him onto two of Amanda’s secrets – secrets which make him realize that he had not known his wife well . The stranger also implies that Amanda was murdered and he knows more about Amanda’s death . In exchange for revealing Amanda’s secrets and information about her death to him , Randall must reveal his secrets to the stranger .
Randall too has his own secrets – things from his traumatic past which he thought he had buried all together . Having those secrets out in the open meant the end of everything he had rebuilt – his career , his life , his reputation . As this visitor lets him know that he knows too much about him and implicates Randall further with his every visit in Susan’s eyes about his involvement in Amanda ‘s death , Randall starts unraveling from the pressure of it all . Eventually he begins questioning his own sanity as evidence against him mounts…..
It is up to Susan now to find out who is Amanda ‘s killer – Is it always the husband ?
When the beautiful , stylish and charismatic Rebecca St John starts out as a counselor in the prison where Eileen works , Eileen does not take too well to her – she takes Rebecca to be her rival for her ( almost-null ) chances with Randy ( that guard whose house she stakes out every weekend ) . But Rebecca seems to want to befriend her genuinely – which is too much for Eileen who hasn’t heard a friendly word from anybody for a long time . She wants to rise up to the demands of the friendship which Rebecca seems to be offering .
How far can she go to keep Rebecca happy whom she sees as a ticket to all glamorous things in life ? Be an accomplice to a crime ?
There are plot devices which are recurrent in several of Christie’s mysteries Closed Circle of Suspects – This is Christie’s favorite plot device I guess – close to a dozen of Christie’s mysteries feature this one. Christie only needs to bring a bunch of people together before bumping off one of them and the game […]
Kelly Dowling is found dead in the swimming pool in her house . She had hosted a party the previous night for her classmates before they all left for their respective colleges when her parents were away from home . The guests included Kerry’s Harvard-bound boyfriend Alan Crowley , with whom she had a serious fallout during the evening . Jamie Chapman , Kerry’s next door neighbor was also angry that Kerry had not invited him to her party . Or is there somebody else? Aline , Kerry’s elder sister pitches in to help the police bring the sister’s murderer to justice – She just doesn’t know that Kerry’s killer is ready to kill a second time to save himself .
Claire’s father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and her mother is finding it increasingly difficult to run the family farm while taking care of her father . While her mother is seriously considering putting up the place for sale , Claire decides to have a reunion with her gang at the farm one last time. She has a firm belief that revisiting old memories would slowdown the progress of the disease for her father .
But she couldn’t have foreseen that her family and friends would be forced to relive the nightmarish days following the disappearance of her sister Eleanor – this time it’s her friend’s teenaged daughter . Claire couldn’t miss out the jarring similarities between both the disappearances….
One summer morning of 1976, Robert Riordan has walked out of the house under the pretense of buying a newspaper only to not return home . The Riordian children – Michael Francis, Monica and Aoife return home trying to find any slightest clue that could throw some light on the motive/reason for this disappearing act or where to start looking for him. As the story progresses, we get to know about the family dynamics, the personal lives of each Riordian, the past and the secrets it holds…..