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Book Title: Seen and Not Heard|
The author of the book: Anne Stuart
ISBN 13: 9780671642495
Edition: Pocket Books
Date of issue: February 1st 1988
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Seen and Not Heard
Escaping a troubling past in America, Claire McIntyre lives in Paris with her new lover and his young daughter. Left to her own devices for much of the time and feeling isolated without knowing the language, Claire befriends a fellow American with whom she shares an intense attraction. Soon, however, Claire becomes entangled in a dangerous web of deceit and murder as the serial killer active in the city is revealed to be someone a little too close to home…
One of Stuart’s earlier works, which is more of a thriller than romantic suspense.
Much of the story revolves around Claire’s borderline abusive relationship with her lover, Marc Bonnard. Marc comes across as a sociopath who has cornered the market on passive aggressiveness. There is a creepy vibe to the way he treats Claire and their sex scenes are enough to make to your skin crawl. Nevertheless, there is something compelling about him and it seems that he is a template for some of Stuart’s later morally ambiguous romance heroes.
Claire is a strange mix of strength and weakness. On the one hand, she is overly dependent on Marc and too accepting of his psychological abuse, but on the other hand, she takes the necessary steps to distance herself from him emotionally when the hints at his true nature are revealed. Her relationship with Tom is disappointing as he is more of a Beta than and Alpha hero and their chemistry is never fully realized.
The serial killer investigation is the best aspect of the book with some grisly depictions of crime scenes and gripping portrayals of the various suspects. The French police, however, are not portrayed in a positive light. They are certainly inefficient and even borderline incompetent with shades of Inspector Clouseau thrown in.
In sum, a good thriller but not for readers expecting more of a romance with their suspense.
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Read information about the authorAnne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of more than thirty-five years in the romance business, and still just keeps getting better.
Her first novel was Barrett's Hill, a gothic romance published by Ballantine in 1974 when Anne had just turned 25. Since then she's written more gothics, regencies, romantic suspense, romantic adventure, series romance, suspense, historical romance, paranormal and mainstream contemporary romance for publishers such as Doubleday, Harlequin, Silhouette, Avon, Zebra, St. Martins Press, Berkley, Dell, Pocket Books and Fawcett.
She’s won numerous awards, appeared on most bestseller lists, and speaks all over the country. Her general outrageousness has gotten her on Entertainment Tonight, as well as in Vogue, People, USA Today, Women’s Day and countless other national newspapers and magazines.
When she’s not traveling, she’s at home in Northern Vermont with her luscious husband of thirty-six years, an empty nest, three cats, four sewing machines, and one Springer Spaniel, and when she’s not working she’s watching movies, listening to rock and roll (preferably Japanese) and spending far too much time quilting.
Anne Stuart also writes as Kristina Douglas.
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