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Silk Threads [Kindle Edition]

Frankie Kay
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Book Description

“We want Lisa Van der Linde found.” David Brewster, lands this task, more than twenty years after Lisa, the only daughter of Rotterdam based businessman Johann Van der Linde, disappears. In 2010, she becomes the sole heiress and major shareholder of the Van der Linde Corporation. They want her found, dead or alive.

Lisa, assured a life of leisure, privilege, is expected to marry the right man, conform to the norms of the ultra rich. Instead, at age fifteen, the painfully shy Lisa, meets Eugene, a badass from across the tracks. Eugene is good with women, and Lisa, no match for his practised skill.

“Come next week,” is the first command Eugene issues to Lisa. “Never cut your hair again,” follows shortly. She obeys both. Lisa, who usually avoids contact with people, locks eyes with Eugene across a hall, ten minutes before he makes these demands.
She was not to know he only attended the social to meet her, seduce her, use her.

The story tracks their unusual relationship, intertwined with David's quest for Lisa, and his own budding romance with Henrietta.

Set in Johannesburg and Bulawayo, Frankie Kay explores themes of love, dependency and racial interactions within the context of very different character types.
Lisa, an Aspergers sufferer and painfully shy is intelligent yet terrified of people. Elusive Eugene, as constrained by his character as are we all, forever in the background, manipulating, dominant. David, a people person. Henrietta: cool, controlled poised.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1526 KB
  • Print Length: 457 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Frankie Kay (18 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HFEBGBG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #633,341 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I found the dialogue dynamic, fascinating and engaging all at once.

The story starts in the past with Lisa’s narration of her life as a teenager growing up within an affluent family in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and follows her burgeoning relationship with Eugene, a coloured man with a murky past and a dark personality.

Eugene, an absolute masterpiece of literary prose, gradually becomes the architect to Lisa’s successful future. A manipulative, controlling and exceedingly complicated personality, Eugene is the central facet that binds this book into an extraordinary feat of imagination.

The story then switches to current time with David, the gentle giant private investigator based in South Africa who, alongside his team, Robbie and Coral, is tasked with finding the missing heiress. The reader learns David’s story and follows his growing relationship with Henrietta, the estate agent mogul.

Lisa allows a glimpse of life as seen through the Asperger’s view-finder and this preview cleverly blends into one of the intricate layers that make up this complex narrative. Alongside the BDSM scenes, the two themes are expertly portrayed, helping the reader understand yet another carefully veiled layer of the tale.

This story galloped along in my minds-eye – the characters all had faces and personalities. I followed them everywhere and I knew things some weren’t privy to. I could work out things for myself and be excited for when the characters would find out. The four main characters were well established early on as the story cleverly criss-crossed between the past and present, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling story 13 Feb. 2014
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Definitely a 'can't put it down' book.
One strand of this multi-faceted story concerns the search for a missing heiress, while the widowed investigator becomes drawn to a beautiful but paradoxical estate agent.
The main theme concerns the relationship between the heiress, a lonely and neglected Aspergers sufferer, and a mysterious coloured man with a deep hatred of white people, who initially manipulates her for his own gratification. The changing dynamic between the two is skilfully developed, as he masterminds her development into a socially functioning and successful business woman. The girl's diaries offer a startling insight into the Aspergers' view of the world, changing subtly as she grows.
The BDSM theme, whilst essential to the story, makes fairly uncomfortable reading for the uninitiated. The author handles the topic with skill, however, allowing one to gloss over or delve as one pleases.
I can heartily recommend this enthralling tale for anyone who enjoys mystery, romance, and a fast-moving story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GR8 book #2 27 Aug. 2014
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What a fantastic read - having read the 1st book Frankie brought out "the pale" I was really looking forward to reading more about Eugene & I was not disappointed. She really brings to life a rather sensitive subject, both on the race front, & the sub/dom relationship front. It is tastefully & skillfully written & it was almost impossible to put down once I started reading it. What a pleasure reading a book where the characters are all so well-fleshed out & there are no mistakes or hiccups in the plot, & as a fellow Zimbabwean it is fantastic reading about familiar places in a familiar language style.
Looking forward to the next book Frankie
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you're looking for bodies piling up, you won't find them 28 Dec. 2013
By Bob Day - Published on Amazon.com
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Silk Threads has an unusual and well thought out plot about a search for a missing heiress. But it also presents a detailed if somewhat sanitized view into the world of bondage, domination, sadism and masochism -- sanitized only in that doesn't describe any of the mishaps that must occasionally occur. If what the author portrays is an authentic picture of that world, its perhaps more than you ever wanted to know.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly intriguing 12 Feb. 2014
By Lesley Nyirenda - Published on Amazon.com
A very intricate story about the search for a missing heiress, told in aptly simple language. The book contains welcome snippets of life in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city, together with its interesting race dynamics. It takes the reader through the curious world of BDSM, cleverly intertwined with glimpses of the Asperger life. Both elements are essential to this captivating story of brilliantly developed characters whose lives are slickly threaded together by an author to watch.

Definitely 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery and Romance with a difference. 24 Mar. 2014
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A slightly long read, but the book drew me in and got better and better as it went along. It's got some good mystery and romance in it, but it's not your typical romantic book and that's what makes it the good read that it is, with the story going mostly between Zimbabwe (Bulawayo) and South Africa.
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT writing, just not my kind of story. 28 Mar. 2015
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I haven't finished reading the book. From the portion I've read so far I think the author is an excellent writer. I have no problem at all with the sex. I've read very good erotic literature that is far more explicit than this. I have a minor problem with the plot premise. It's about a search for a person that has spanned the globe for many many years and now the search has decided to concentrate on the area from which the person originated. Really? Did I miss something? You're looking for a person and look everywhere on the planet but 'home' and now decide to look there? I don't get it. Not at all logical to me.

Why can't I finish the book? For me as a guy, ultimately, the book strikes me as a romance novel and for my own personal tastes I have zero interest in romance novels. That is my preference and not a fault with the author. I tried to read one other 'new author's' book and had the same experience. (Though I didn't think that other book was well written.) I'm sure some can argue this book is different but the periods of Svengali/Pygmalion transformation seemed too long and slow and didn't appeal to me.

I encourage the author to keep writing. There is a huge audience for this type of good work IMO. I am just not that audience.
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly worth a LOT more than 5 stars. 13 Nov. 2014
By Maurene Medway - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful book. I was enthralled form the first words..amazingly accurate in the descriptions of Bulawayo and Johannesburg, as I lived in Bulawayo while growing up I thought the 'flat' was the same as the one we lived in!!!! I now live in Gauteng close to Johannesburg, the descriptions of the suburbs are accurate to the extreme. Anyone who wants to read about Zimbabwe/ Rhodesia and South Africa I recommend this book. One HUGE question....Frankie Kay.....where is the next book?????
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