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A Circle of Wives | [Alice LaPlante]

A Circle of Wives

When Dr. John Taylor is found dead in a hotel room in his hometown, the local police find enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. Detective Samantha Adams, whose Palo Alto beat usually covers small-town crimes, is innocently thrown into a high-profile murder case that is more intricately intertwined than she could ever imagine. A renowned plastic surgeon, a respected family man, and an active community spokesman, Dr. Taylor was loved and admired. But, hidden from the public eye, he led a secret life - in fact, multiple lives.
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Publisher's Summary

When Dr. John Taylor is found dead in a hotel room in his hometown, the local police find enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. Detective Samantha Adams, whose Palo Alto beat usually covers small-town crimes, is innocently thrown into a high-profile murder case that is more intricately intertwined than she could ever imagine. A renowned plastic surgeon, a respected family man, and an active community spokesman, Dr. Taylor was loved and admired. But, hidden from the public eye, he led a secret life - in fact, multiple lives. A closeted polygamist, Dr. Taylor was married to three very different women in three separate cities. And when these three unsuspecting women show up at his funeral, suspicions run high. Adams soon finds herself tracking down a murderer through a web of lies and marital discord.

With a rare combination of gripping storytelling, vivid prose, and remarkable insight into character, Alice LaPlante brings to life a story of passion and obsession that will haunt listeners long after they turn the final page. A charged and provocative psychological thriller, A Circle of Wives dissects the dynamics of love and marriage, trust and jealousy, posing the terrifying question: How well do you really know your spouse?

©2014 Alice LaPlante. Recorded by arrangement with Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Kyla Garcia manages the perfect balance between uncertainty and determination as she voices new detective Sam Adams's battle to differentiate truth from lies on her first murder case. Plastic surgeon John Taylor is found dead in a hotel room. As the story unfolds through first-person accounts - delivered by the other female narrators - and newspaper reports - read by George Newbern - the listener is invited into the complicated life of Taylor, who had three wives. Only the first wife, Deborah, coolly characterized by Nan MacNamara, knows of the existence of the others. At times, the listening is disorienting as each of these very different women voices her grief and analyses the lie of her marriage. It can be painful but ultimately fascinating. Who killed the likable and idealistic Doctor Taylor and why?" (AudioFile)

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    RueRue 04-07-14
    RueRue 04-07-14

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    "Almost a 5 Star but a TERRIBLE finale !"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Circle of Wives to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the use of multiple voices to narrate the story. The narrators voices were well suited to the characters.
    I would have rated this with (5) stars except for the AWFUL final chapter. After a story propelled by multiple points of view, the last paragraph had a surreal quality that was out of place with the character-driven narrative. Major let-down !


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    FatOldBroad 01-07-15
    FatOldBroad 01-07-15 Member Since 2015

    FatOldBroad...lover of mystery/thriller genre and biographies.

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    "Enjoyable until the end"

    I selected this book because of its setting (I'm a long time resident of the area) and the concept of the story being told by individual characters. The read was pleasant enough--performances by the narrators quite good--but parts of the plot became a bit predictable. What was the most disappointing was the very end. I felt lured to the conclusion only to be left hanging mid-air. I even listened a second time..still can't figure out what the last chapter was intended to communicate.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Olney, MD, United States 04-16-14
    Dawn Olney, MD, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    To be fair, I usually listen to fast-paced murder mysteries. This book was not that at all. For me the story line was too slow and too much story telling about the wives and their lives. I kept waiting for some investigating to occur. I tried to keep listening, but about half way through, I gave up. Maybe the book gets better at the end. Also, I just couldn't find it plausible that the wives had no idea that their husband was already married, particularly in this age of technology. The performance of the book was fine, but overall this was not my cup of tea.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Harriet 04-10-14
    Harriet 04-10-14
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    "Narrators don't know proper pronunciation"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The resolution of the whodunit seemed contrived.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not sure. I couldn't relate to the characters I wanted to like. But I found them interesting, if weak and vulnerable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrators' lack of familiarity with elementary English words is astonishing. Mispronunciation at critical moments totally ruined the flow of the story. "Sangween" for "sanguine", for example. Gross mispronunciation coming out of the mouth of the hoity toity character totally undermined her.


    Could you see A Circle of Wives being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. The story is too contrived. Maybe a Lifetime soapy drama, but nothing more.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JMM Fl 04-28-14
    JMM Fl 04-28-14 Member Since 2015

    Mystery Lover

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    "What a waste of time"
    What would have made A Circle of Wives better?

    Nothing....silly story without a good ending


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything not written by this author


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes, way too many for such a silly book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Circle of Wives?

    I wouldn't have allowed it to be published.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your time and money.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Felecia 06-15-15
    Felecia 06-15-15 Member Since 2015

    Chicken fanatic, book lover, music listener, and food connoisseur

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    "Very interesting"

    The ending was surprising and it kept you guessing. I didn't like how it ended for the main character

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    Jennifer 05-25-15
    Jennifer 05-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Good Sleuth Book with an Intriguing Premise"

    This book was an intriguing mystery. Imagine if it took the death of your husband to find out he already had a wife, and while you had no clue about her, she knew about you. A Circle of Wives follows Detective Sam Adams as she digs through the deceit, truth, and the relationships of all the suspects in the death of Dr. John Taylor.

    This book is a psychological thriller that includes marital deception, revenge, and murder. The chapters alternate between Dr. Taylor's wives and the Detective so that we get to know each character on a deep level. But who is telling the truth?

    LaPlante wrote this novel very well, allowing us to understand each character and making them feel authentic and original. While I had my guess of the who-done-it early on in the novel, the twists and turns in the mystery kept me guessing right up until the end.

    I feel that the multiple narrators did a fabulous job and bringing each character to life. Using the different narrators definitely made the story easier to follow and listen to than one narrator playing multiple voices.

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    ftmgal 05-08-15
    ftmgal 05-08-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Which Wife Did It?"

    Good story. Man dies, leaving three wives, and a fiancé. Which woman did it, or was it one wife's brother? Interesting premise and done pretty well. I would read another by this author, but probably not right away.

    Plot also involved a young female detective trying to solve the case while sorting out her personal life with her boyfriend. That story was a bit of a disappointment and I wish the author had put those pages to better use beefing up the motives and back stories of the wives. Also the cop was held back in her investigation because of political connections of one of the wives which wasn't ever explained.

    Narration was fine.

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    R. H. Nebeker Seattle, WA 04-21-15
    R. H. Nebeker Seattle, WA 04-21-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Mystery that takes turns and back."

    This is a good book I enjoyed it. It kept me hanging to the last of the book. Deftly get it.

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    patycake54 04-17-15
    patycake54 04-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A pleasant listening of fluff.."

    Easy listening of slight intrigue murder and bigamy,... I would recommend this book for a lazy afternoon

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