Two months after the suspicious and much-publicized death of his father on the island of Martha's Vineyard, it is taking all of Adam Blaine's character to suture the deep wounds - both within his family and himself - torn open by the tragedy.
Moreover, as the court inquest into Benjamin Blaine's death continues, it is taking all of Adam's cunning to protect those closest to him from figures who still suspect that Adam's father was murdered by one of his kin.
But the sternest test of all is Adam's proximity to Carla Pacelli - his late father's mistress; and a woman who, despite being pivotal to his family's plight, Adam finds himself increasingly drawn to.
The closer he gets to this beautiful, mysterious woman, the further Adam feels from his troubles.
Yet the closer he also comes to revealing the secrets he's strived to conceal, and condemning the people he's fought so hard to protect.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/03/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781782064114
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Review by mikedraper
This is the final book in the Blaine family trilogy by Richard North Patterson.Ben Blaine, noted author, is dead. His body was found at the foot of a cliff. This story opens as the family is at an inquest about Ben's death. The authorities want to know if his death was accidental, did he commit suicide because he was terminally ill with cancer or, was he murdered because he had recently changed his will leaving the bulk of his estate to his mistress, Carla.Adam Blaine is the central character. He's an undercover operative of the CIA. Authorities wanted his help about Ben's death but Adam's first loyalty is to his family.He's a strongly moral character. The reader can see this in his actions toward the people he comes across in Afghanistan and with Adam's relationship with Carla.Their relationship is at the core of the novel. Both are well developed characters who the reader would sympathise with. Carla tells Adam about her troubled childhood with an abusive father.Their relationship deepens as the story continues and we view this in their emails back and forth from Afghanistan.I enjoyed the fast moving story and the juxtaposition of the emails from Adam to Carla and from her to him. Thinking of the letters coming from a war torned country going to a vacation paradise like Martha's Vineyard made me pause and think about the character's lives.