A page-turning thriller of love and betrayal from the bestselling Master of Suspense and author of If Tomorrow Comes and The Other Side of Midnight.
The novel tells the story of Lara Cameron, a successful real estate developer who came from a broken family in Nova Scotia. Early in life, she learns to fend for herself and how to get her own way in a male-dominated world. After her father's death, Lara secures her first deal with the owner of the boarding house and before long her real-estate empire is booming. Moving to Chicago she goes on to become one of America's most successful businesswomen. She falls in love with a talented pianist, Philip Alder, and marries him, but her past comes back to haunt her and she is on the verge of losing everything. Can Lara recover from all her shattered dreams and win back the only man she has ever loved?
‘Sheldon is an author working at the height of his power’ – New York Times
‘Fast-moving… engrossing… Sidney Sheldon is a master at giving the public what it wants’ – LA Times (Dec 1981)
‘Compulsively readable’ – New York Times Book Review
About the author
Sidney Sheldon is the mega-selling international author of seventeen previous bestselling novels. There are now over 275 million copies of his books in print worldwide and he features in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s most translated author. He is also a highly acclaimed, award-winning scriptwriter for stage, film and television.
Imagine Donald Trump as a drop-dead gorgeous woman and you'll have an approximate image of Lara Cameron, the heroine of Sheldon's latest--barely tepid--potboiler. A super-successful real estate developer, Lara has made millions of dollars--and a few enemies--in her ascent from a childhood of deprivation to the upper echelons of the business world. When she falls in love with a renowned concert pianist, she sets about ``winning'' him as she would a prime piece of waterfront property. But her ties to a lawyer with Mafia connections and her shady way of doing business threaten her happiness and eventually her income and reputation. In settings that vary from Canada to Chicago and New York, bestselling novelist Sheldon ( The Other Side of Midnight, Rage of Angels ) brings real zest to the high-stakes poker game that provides the novel's backdrop. But his pancake-flat characters are as insubstantial as the paper fortunes that drive the real estate business. Moreover, the characters have an annoying tendency to speak in overwrought cliches; sounding for all the world like Scarlett O'Hara, young Lara laments, ``Someday . . . I will have my own land, and no one--no one--will ever take it away from me.'' Frankly, by the final chapter, readers won't give a damn. First serial to Cosmopolitan; Literary Guild main selection.