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Delinsky's mass market novels, national bestsellers for years, have been translated into 25 languages. A number are being reissued in 2001, with this 1991 novel to appear for the first time in hardcover. Highly competent, optimistic 38-year-old Laura Frye is secure in a long marriage, the mother of two bright, spirited kids and the owner of Cherries, a popular restaurant. As the novel begins, she is faced with any woman's worst nightmare her husband Jeffrey, a CPA, has mysteriously disappeared from the family's comfortable home in the elite college town of Northampton, Mass. Laura's anguish at his disappearance is exacerbated when Taylor "Tack" Jones, with the criminal investigation division of the IRS, informs her that Jeffrey is suspected of tax fraud. Jeff did spend liberally. Besides sustaining his family, he backed Laura when she opened Cherries and had recently bought himself a longed-for Porsche. But can he really be a criminal? The Fryes' best friend, classy lawyer Daphne Phillips, shares Laura's disbelief, but the family assets are frozen and Laura can't pay Cherries' bills or her own. Moreover, from the outset, the local media revels in the family's predicament. By the time Jeff's bachelor older brother and free spirit, Christian, turns up, Laura is distraught and the reader agonized: what more could possibly happen to a nice family? A lot, of course. Melodramatic incidents and coincidences abound, but the sociology-trained storyteller makes each of her characters captivating in this compelling tale. (Nov.)Forecast: The low price will help readers forget that this still-fresh novel is a reissue.
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For the Romance crowd, here are two hardcover reprints by Delinsky. First appearing in 1991, A Woman Betrayed follows the tribulations of Laura Frye after the disappearance of her husband, whom she later learns had numerous awful secrets. Flip Side finds geological consultant Chloe MacDaniel determined to quash a development project until she meets her former flame who, of course, is heading that project. Delinsky is always a crowd pleaser.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I enjoyed this book but felt is was a little drawn out. I will continue to be a Barbara Delinsky fan.Published on May 7 2003 by Pam Utting
The story line was very good except the book was very repeative and draged on and on telling the same thing over and over. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2002 by Doris Stabile
I loved the plot of the story. The characters were developed so completely that I felt as though each one of them was someone I knew personally. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2002 by "wildwoodldy"
When black becomes white and up becomes down. Laura's husband Jeff has come up missing and she fears an act of foul play but there just might be more to this. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2002 by Denise Bentley
I really enjoy the writing style of Barbara Delinsky. Barbara combines a twist of romance with suspense. She keeps the pages turning. Read morePublished on June 2 2002 by Diane Arend
Fast pace, good character development.. you will miss the people when the book is over. Just as good as "The Woman Next Door"Published on May 2 2002 by Cheryl Gonzalez
So, is Laura Frye a smart woman or a gullible woman? Is she a weak woman or a strong woman? I got so tired of trying to keep up with these questions during this book I almost... Read morePublished on March 27 2002 by Cindy
This is the first novel by Barbara Delinsky that I have read and I must say that I am impressed!
This tale of suspense centers around Laura as she finds her perfect world... Read more