Adopted as a child into a privileged family, Philippa Palfrey fantasizes that she is the daughter of an aristocrat and a parlor maid. The terrifying truth about her parents and a long-ago murder is only the first in a series of shocking betrayals. Philippa quickly learns that those who delve into the secrets of the past must be on guard when long-buried horrors begin to stir.More
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One of P.D. James Best - I've now read them all!
revenge, identity, hope
when Philippa discovers her true history
She is superb! Dellaporta to me is the quintessential P. D. book narrator. I've gotten
others by mistake and it spoiled my enjoyment of an otherwise great story. Her interpretation of characters is never boring or monotone for she makes them come alive.
What a desire for revenge can do to the human spirit.
I will probably re-read this one in time; it is that good!
A Classic British Mystery
I have read many of James' Adam Dalgliesh mysteries, but this one does not include him and somehow along the line I missed reading it. Full of twists and turns, it kept me guessing until the end. Phillipa Palfrey is an adopted child who is determined to find her roots, but gets more than she bargains for in a myriad of ways. It's a classic.
- Karen Vincent "Science gal, New Orleanian, Foodie, Bibliophile, Dog Mom"