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Light In Shadow: Number 1 in series (Whispering Springs) [Paperback]

Jayne Ann Krentz
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27 Nov 2003 Whispering Springs (Book 1)
New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz welcomes you to Whispering Springs, Arizona, where, for the right price, anyone can buy a new identity and get a fresh start. But as Zoe Luce is about to learn, no one can truly escape. Zoe Luce is a successful interior designer who's developed an unusual career speciality - helping recently divorced clients redesign their homes, to enable them to forget the past and start afresh. But Zoe knows that some things can't be covered up with a coat of paint. And when she senses that one of her clients may be hiding a dark secret, she enlists private investigator Ethan Truax to find the truth. Working together, they start to unravel the mystery, but Ethan's investigative skills start to backfire on Zoe: she never wanted to let him find out about her former life; she never wanted to reveal her powerful, inexplicable gift for sensing the history hidden within a house's walls; and she never wanted him to know that Zoe Luce doesn't really exist. But now, Ethan may be her only hope, as just when Zoe started to dream of a normal life and think about the future, her own past starts to shadow her every step - because the people she's been running from are getting close to finding her

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (27 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749906464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749906467
  • ASIN: 0749933925
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 632,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jayne Ann Krentz, who also writes historical and futuristic fiction under the pseudonyms Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle respectively, has more than fifty NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers under various pen names; more than twenty-five million copies of her books are in print. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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'Hearts will flutter. Spines will tingle.' People Magazine 'If Krentz's newest thriller doesn't send your pulse racing, dial your cardiologist's number. Krentz's storytelling shines with authenticity and dramatic intensity...Tightly written and packed with twists and shockers at every turn, this top-notch thriller keeps readers on the edge of their seats' Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Jayne Ann Krentz, who also writes historical and futuristic fiction under the pseudonyms Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle respectively, has more than fifty NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers under various pen names; more than twenty-five million copies of her books are in print. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller - poor romance. 19 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Your view on this book will depend on whether you are buying Jayne Ann Krentz - romance writer or Jayne Ann Krentz - thriller writer.
Its, in my opinion, a really good thriller. You have the two main characters caught up in a three part plot and as each part of the mystery is resolved another comes to the fore to keep the pages turning to the end.The repartee between the two central characters I found very amusing and topical, and the general assortment of wacky background characters that Krentz is renowned for were all present and correct.
For me, who has always bought Krentz for her romances,I found this part of the novel disapointing. The relationship was lacking in something and you did'nt get that sense of closeness between Zoe and Ethan.Not enough time was devoted to building up the relationship between the two and so it was sadly lacking.
So, I give four stars for the thriller and two for the romance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Deadly 8 Mar 2005
By A Customer
Usually, in a JAK story, the family pulls together, and accepts the outsider into its midst. Here, the family is the enemy. Our heroine, Zoe, doesn't really exist. She's on the run, and has adopted the identity of "Zoe Luce" and gone into hiding at Whispering Springs. Here, she works as an interior decorator and keeps her head down.
Zoe has a form of second sight - she can detect in the walls of a room all the emotions of people who have been there. We see this in a very dramatic start to the book when she enters a room she's decorating for a client and feels the walls screaming at her. The client, she is sure, has murdered his wife. She hires Ethan Truax, a private investigator, to prove this. She manages to convince Ethan that a murder has taken place, without revealing the secret of her psychic gift and together they bring a murderer to justice. But the publicity has undesirable consequences for Zoe.
Her psychic gift is the reason that Zoe is on the run. Her husband was killed, apparently by a random burglar, and control of his shares in the family firm passed to her. She is convinced her husband was murdered by someone close to him, because when she visited the cabin where he died, the walls had screamed at her. To prevent this outsider affecting the future of the company, the family labelled Zoe's vocal accusations and psychic experiences as "insanity". The family quietly locked away in a private mental institution and threw away the key.
As if that wasn't bad enough, this institution was badly managed. The doctors conducted illicit experiments on the patients and one of them not only believed Zoe's experiences might be real but even tried to use her as a "psychic investigator" as part of her "research". Worse, the employees assault and even rape the patients.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JAK on top again!! 19 Feb 2003
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
JAK has been one of my favourite writers for nearly two decades. Even in her earliest works you see the diamond brilliance that has put her at the top. However, I was disappointed in some of her recent works. Then she came powering back with the marvellous "Summer in Eclipse Bay" and was SO perfect!! So when "Smoke and Mirrors" came...I went so but could have been better - much beter. Worse, was her Amanda Quick's "Don't Look Back" so dreadfully dull, that I wanted to howl. Swore I would stop buying her in hardback! And immediately turned around and could not resist buying "Light in Shadow". It just sounded so good....and it IS!!
JAK is back in top form providing a warm, humourous, loving mystery that I just could not put down!! It is billed as "A Whispering Springs Novel" so we can except two more I am presuming, and I shall be first in line for the sequels.
In this mystery, JAK gives us a Zoe Luce an interior decorator with a special touch: she can "feel emotions" within a room. Currently, she is decorating a house for a new ex-husband, who claims he wants a redo after his wife left him. However, the instant Zoe steps into the bedroom and see the missing bed and shower curtains in the bathroom, she knows he killed his wife. What to do. Zoe cannot go to the police for two reasons: 1) she is on the run from a high-price mental institution and 2) would the police really believe her? Most people would let it go, but Zoe cannot. She has to do something, so she finds the add for Ethan Truax, a private detective in the town. Sam Spade he is not. He is just coming off his bad third marriage, a failed business and rebuilding his life and career. But because of monetary concerns, Zoe hires him any.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow! Great book! 17 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Krentz was a new discovery for me but I was intrigued by the story idea on the back cover.
I wasn't disappointed - this has great characters, suspense, romance and lots of action. A real page-turner. I've since bought TRUTH OR DARE which is the sequel to this - and so far, so fabulous!
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