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Trick of the Eye Audiobook

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

    5 of 5 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 2013
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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 11-18-09
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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 Round Rock TX 02-05-07
    Mary Round Rock TX 02-05-07 Member Since 2007
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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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    Karen 06-03-15
    Karen 06-03-15

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    ""Filthy Rich""
    What disappointed you about Trick of the Eye?

    Way too slow for me. I had to use the 2 X speed to get through this story. Great outline, but even the great late Ms Anna couldn't make up for the editing for me or this author's writing technique. The last 21 minutes worth of listening/writing should have been all through out this book for me.


    What could Jane Stanton Hitchcock have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The other reviewers gave much better reviews, so you may like this author, but she just was not for me. I did not enjoy all the deep artistic descriptions, I go to a museum for that and I felt author spent way too much time doing this. The actual mystery was very good but was diluted with an in-depth review architectural digest .


    What does Anna Fields bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I only purchased this author as the late great Ms Anna read it. If you like mysteries, try her Kate Wilhelm Barbara Holloway series. If you love romance stories, then get Susan E. Phillips books read by Anna. They will make you smile.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The book did spark disappointment for me as I spent 8 hrs to hear the author's moral points. They were good as the other reviewers seem to like this author. I just wanted a fast pace mystery and got a morality and art lesson.


    0 of 0 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 3 people found this review helpful

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