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Trick of the Eye

By: Jane Stanton Hitchcock
Narrated by: Anna Fields
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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

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  • 01-06-08

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.

6 people found this helpful

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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!

4 people found this helpful

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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.

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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.

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Gripping story, wonderful narration!

I love Jane Stanton Hitchcock books. This is the fifth book of hers I was listening/reading. The story is very interesting and consuming as always. Loved the narration! I wish she wrote more books!

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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.

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Skipped to the end I couldn’t handle the slowness
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Long book to get to the end which is disturbing and we had to suffer to get to it. The suffering was so bad we lost patience

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Disappointed

Author is a good writer but was not as excited about the story as previous reviews

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Very Disappointed

Having just finished two of this author’s books, the Jo Slayer series that I absolutely loved, I couldn’t wait to get started on this book. Unfortunately this ended up being a great disappointment.

This ended up feeling like it was written by a different author. The storyline had its moments that flowed nicely and were interesting. But that wasn’t the case for the entire book.

I’m going to try to avoid this narrator in the future. It was very hard for me to listen to her.

Sadly I consider this to have been a wasted credit and would not recommend it. I haven’t decided if I’m going to try anymore of this authors books.