By Lauren Kelly
From Lauren Kelly, "a author of bold expertise" (Scott Turow), comes the page-turning tale of Merilee Graf, whose prior and current mysteries converge in a revelation too painful, and too surprising, for her to simply accept. 16 years in the past, a vivacious fifth-grade classmate of Merilee Graf used to be kidnapped from a park in Mt. Olive, manhattan. Haunted through the reminiscence of the eleven-year-old "gypsy-looking" woman whose disappearance hasn't ever been defined, Merilee returns domestic to maintain a vigil on the bedside of her loss of life father, a filthy rich importer of unique items and a former, renowned mayor of the upstate long island city at the Chautauqua River. After Mr. Graf's loss of life, Merilee reveals herself an "heiress" in additional methods than one as she turns into concerned, with either dread and fascination, with very varied males from her Mt. Olive earlier -- the elusive older brother of her lacking classmate and her personal seductive "Uncle Jedah," executor of her father's property. previous and current mysteries converge in a revelation too painful, and too surprising, for Merilee to just accept, and in a surprising act of reckless braveness she frees herself of the terrifying obsessions of the prior.
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Mistaken in my assumption that a smile from me would elicit, from the other, a similar friendly response. I was accustomed to such responses from both women and men. I believed that I could play both women and men in the way a practiced musician plays an instrument, if not with feeling then with a semblance of feeling. But you have to be nice to me, I am giving you the gift of myself. I recalled how crazy I’d been for Roosevelt Jimson, years before. Ravine Road in the rattling pickup, and Jimson behind the wheel exuding a manic heat, and what had happened between us that night, or failed to happen.
Olive long enough to sort through her things, leaving the task to my capable aunt Cameron and other female relatives, and most of her few possessions had been given to Goodwill or discarded. I’d told my aunt that I hadn’t wanted anything of my mother’s, thank you. If there were photographs of my mother as a younger woman, these too seemed to have been lost. Or someone (maybe my mother herself, in one of her nerved-up moods) had destroyed them. Impulsively I said, “Aunt Cameron? Did you know my mother 46 The Stolen Heart when Daddy ﬁrst met her?
Like melted candy it seemed to me. I wished that I could spit it out permanently. I had been in Mt. Olive for four days. I had slept very little for four nights. I wasn’t sure what my father remembered from one day to the next, even one hour to the next. He’d endured such a trauma, two coronary attacks within twenty-four hours. He’d been shocked back from the dead, the cardiologist explained. Probably he didn’t remember that he had collapsed at home, in his study, and been brought by ambulance to Mt.
The Stolen Heart: A Novel of Suspense by Lauren Kelly