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Trick of the Eye | [Jane Stanton Hitchcock]

Trick of the Eye

Trick of the Eye is a suspenseful novel in which artist Faith Crowell, a painter of illusionary images, is hired by a wealthy New York society matron to repaint the ballroom of her Long Island mansion. When Faith learns that the woman's daughter had been murdered years ago and that Faith herself strongly resembles the dead girl, she becomes obsessed with finding the truth about the past.
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Trick of the Eye is a suspenseful novel in which artist Faith Crowell, a painter of illusionary images, is hired by a wealthy New York society matron to repaint the ballroom of her Long Island mansion. When Faith learns that the woman's daughter had been murdered years ago and that Faith herself strongly resembles the dead girl, she becomes obsessed with finding the truth about the past.

Set in the sophisticated world of the rich and privileged, Trick of the Eye is a hugely entertaining, page-turning read, with a surprising twist ending that is sure to appeal to suspense-fiction readers and to Jane Stanton Hitchcock's many fans.

©1992 Jane Stanton Hitchcock; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Dramatist Stanton's first novel is a thoroughly satisfying thriller, simultaneously luscious and....Pure pleasure for psychological-suspense fans." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Fields captures all the suspense of the story..." (AudioFile)

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    KATHY TRACY, CA 01-06-08
    KATHY TRACY, CA 01-06-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Another Must Listen!!!!"

    This author really had me going.From beginning to end the characters never ceases to amaze me. There is such a turn in the end that I was actually angry with the author but that,to me makes a great novel. They get you going, make you feel as though you have all the answers and BAM! here's a switch for ya! I got lucky with Anna Fields as the narrator. She always does a bang up job. Get this one. you wn't be dissapointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James New York, NY, United States 03-03-05
    James New York, NY, United States 03-03-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Quite A Trick"

    Preposterous story line, but first-rate characters. Jane Stanton Hitchcock has the gift of perception. She spins outlandish tales, but the deepest, most real people inhabit these storylines. As in Social Crimes, Ms. Hitchcock weaves a complex and mesmerizing look at deceit and intrigue in the land of the rich and privileged. I wish there were more of her books to add to my queue.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger 12-14-06
    Ginger 12-14-06
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    "Money can't buy forgiveness"

    This author can create characters with the most complicated motives and emotional baggage. As I listened to the book I could feel the oppressive air of the big house and vividly imagine the scene. When I can lose myself in a story and see it in my head - I know I've got a great book. You will become engaged with the story and not want to stop listening. Who murdered the daughter - what's with the butler - why is the mother so reclusive - will Faith fall for the suave Italian? Part of me wanted the ending to go another direction - wouldn't that have been an interesting twist!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bebe the Terrier Chicago USA 11-18-09
    Bebe the Terrier Chicago USA 11-18-09 Member Since 2006
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    "A treat of a read"

    Like all of Ms. Hitchcock's characters, the ones in this book are so well-developed that I really I cared about what happened to them. The plot is very twisted, which makes it a brilliant read. As with all of her books, the setting is interesting and the story is engaging right from the start. I always learn something, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary New Hope, PA, United States 02-05-07
    Mary New Hope, PA, United States 02-05-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Definitely worth it"

    This book is very entertaining - intricate without being too complex. You will love this one if you like richly drawn characters and settings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 09-14-08
    Barbara 09-14-08
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    "Not Recommended"

    I did not enjoy this audiobook at all. The narrator's cadence was annoying and the story left a lot to be desired. I cannot recommend it at all. I was extremely disappointed in this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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