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Cold in Earth [Hardcover]

Melissa Jones
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March 1 2000
Zoe is a mother, a television celebrity and a powerful career woman. Hers is a success story that millions can only dream of. But when her baby dies, her guilt and grief plunge her into an inner landscape of dream and nightmare where the familiar becomes horrible, the unthinkable real. "Cold In Earth" is a stark, poetic and utterly terrifying first novel.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Diary entries tell the convoluted story and reveal the deepest secrets of a dead woman and her killer in this dark, suspenseful novel of a dysfunctional British family. Zoe is a successful television producer whose grief following the sudden death of her infant daughter is assuaged by the ministrations of a self-styled healer who insinuates herself into Zoe's life with alarming results. When Zoe is killed, suspicion falls on her husband Michael, whose own journal continues where Zoe's left off. Busy trying to care for their two teenage sons, he is stunned when the police arrest him for Zoe's murder, and he puts himself in the capable hands of his brother-in-law, a successful London barrister who takes the boys to live in the country. Soon, Laura, Zoe's sister, becomes increasingly uneasy at the strange behavior the boys exhibit. As the killer's own journal reveals, there are secrets in this family no one suspects, including the truth behind baby Beth's crib death. Fans of Frances Fyfield and Minette Walters will appreciate Jones's careful plotting, compelling character development, and fascinating portrait of psychological disintegration. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The sudden death of an infant shatters a London family's sense of well-being in Jones's highly stylized crime novel. Told in alternating points of view, the account begins with the diary of the child's mother, 44-year-old Zoe, a TV talk-show host, who is reeling from the crib death of her baby, Beth. (Zoe and her husband, Michael, already have two boys entering adolescence.) The mood darkens when Zoe meets with former show guest and New Age psychiatrist Lillian Taylor, who bewitches Zoe and is depicted as either a savior or the devil. What begins as a psychological novel about the strains of family life suddenly changes gears as Michael, writing from jail after having been accused of killing Zoe, tells his side of the story. He must prove, through his lawyer and brother-in-law, Felix, that "our family is innocent of everything except the fact that evil made itself manifest in our midst and that we were powerless to withstand it." Jones shows more interest in clues than insight, especially in the next section, written by Felix, the husband of Zoe's sister, Laura. His investigations implicate many characters and are meant to let the audience play along. When Laura becomes pregnant, the murderer's journal appears, revealing plans to strike again. But Michael guesses who it is (as will most readers), and, in a sudden climax, the killer is caught red-handed. Though the pacing occasionally stumbles, this intelligent, suspenseful work offers something to both mainstream fiction audiences and mystery fans. Editor, Charles Spicer; agent, Clare Conville at A.P. Watt in London.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars cold people June 23 2000
Format:Hardcover
T.V. celebrity Mum, Zoe seems to have the perfect life. A stay at home husband to look after their sons while she pursues her career. A brand new daughter that she is besotted with. But Zoe is then shattered when her month old daughter dies from cot death. She retreats into a world of silence, only confiding her guilt and emptiness in her diary. When she acquainted with a 'healer', she suddenly sees her baby's death not only as an ending of a life, but a new beginning for her.
She quits her job and decides to be the maternal Mum that she has never been. That doesn't quite work because she discloses in her diary that her eldest son is irritating to her so she concentrates all her attention on the younger son, who she feels a connection with.
This is not a typical family, as the latter parts of the book explain. Two odd children that don't appear to speak to each other, a mother that is losing her grip on reality with grief, and a father who is accused of her murder.
It is an interesting, even disturbing book, but I felt it didn't quite pull off the attempt of writing as four different people. Despite that, a good first novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic chiller Nov. 20 2000
Format:Hardcover
People ye have to buy this book now - I have to tell ye that it's the scariest book ever written and it is so well written it's up there with the best psychological thrillers around. I'm really surprised that more people haven't bought it because it is just so amazing. Anyway, this book rocks - really rocks - totally cool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic chiller Nov. 20 2000
Format:Hardcover
People ye have to buy this book now - I have to tell ye that it's the scariest book ever written and it is so well written it's up there with the best psychological thrillers around. I'm really surprised that more people haven't bought it because it is just so amazing. Anyway, this book rocks - really rocks - totally cool.
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4.0 out of 5 stars cold people June 23 2000
By sallyann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
T.V. celebrity Mum, Zoe seems to have the perfect life. A stay at home husband to look after their sons while she pursues her career. A brand new daughter that she is besotted with. But Zoe is then shattered when her month old daughter dies from cot death. She retreats into a world of silence, only confiding her guilt and emptiness in her diary. When she acquainted with a 'healer', she suddenly sees her baby's death not only as an ending of a life, but a new beginning for her.
She quits her job and decides to be the maternal Mum that she has never been. That doesn't quite work because she discloses in her diary that her eldest son is irritating to her so she concentrates all her attention on the younger son, who she feels a connection with.
This is not a typical family, as the latter parts of the book explain. Two odd children that don't appear to speak to each other, a mother that is losing her grip on reality with grief, and a father who is accused of her murder.
It is an interesting, even disturbing book, but I felt it didn't quite pull off the attempt of writing as four different people. Despite that, a good first novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars classic chiller Nov. 20 2000
By Gareth Naughton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
People ye have to buy this book now - I have to tell ye that it's the scariest book ever written and it is so well written it's up there with the best psychological thrillers around. I'm really surprised that more people haven't bought it because it is just so amazing. Anyway, this book rocks - really rocks - totally cool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic chiller Nov. 20 2000
By Gareth Naughton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
People ye have to buy this book now - I have to tell ye that it's the scariest book ever written and it is so well written it's up there with the best psychological thrillers around. I'm really surprised that more people haven't bought it because it is just so amazing. Anyway, this book rocks - really rocks - totally cool.
Buy it now.
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