Keeper of the Keys

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Keeper of the Keys

Format:  Paperback,

388 pages

Publisher: Random House

Publish Date: Aug 2007

ISBN-13: 9780440241836

ISBN-10: 0440241839

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For ambitious, troubled architect Ray Jackson, the nightmare begins one sultry California night when his wife disappears. No phone call, no ransom note, no body, reveals whether Leigh is dead or alive.
Then, suddenly, a woman shows up on Ray's doorstep demanding answers: Kathleen, an old friend of Leigh's. Ray wants answers, too, but his questions seem strange and shady to Kat. Suspected by his wife's friend and by the police, Ray launches a desperate and alarming search of his own. Using a collection of keys he has held on to since he was a boy-keys to homes he and his mother once lived in-Ray quietly yet boldly enters each house, one by one, hoping to unlock the secrets of his own past. As past and present collide, as a chilling mystery begins to unravel, Ray is suddenly confronted with the most agonizing decision of his life-to face his own violence-laden past, acting to prevent another horrendous act of violence, or not. His choice will leave nothing and no one the same.

"From the Hardcover edition."

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Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: Aug 2007
ISBN-13: 9780440241836
ISBN-10: 0440241839
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 388
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.4
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.2 x 6.95 x 0.95
Walmart No.: 9780440241836

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Review by Library Journal (2006-10-15)

In their 1995 debut, Motion To Suppress, and in the ten novels that followed, Mary and Pam O'Shaughnessy, writing as Perri O'Shaughnessy, put attorney Nina O'Reilly through varied sets of harrowing personal and professional experiences. But with their penultimate book, Case of Lies, Nina's career was put on hold to give the sisters a chance to explore other projects. Their latest is a standalone psychological thriller that moves into a new realm of popular fiction.

Architect Ray Jackson and his wife, Leigh, are experiencing marital problems deeply rooted in their individual pasts. Ray is attempting to exorcise his demons by revisiting scenes of his childhood in a manner that dances on the threshold of criminal behavior, while Leigh embarks on more standard coping mechanisms: adultery and desertion. Enter Leigh's old friends Kat and Jacki, who, alarmed by Leigh's disappearance and Ray's conduct, become involved in the couple's complex entanglements. This is a bold step for the sisters O'Shaughnessy that is certain to gain them new fans and please old ones. Recommended for all public libraries.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/06.] - Nancy McNicol, Ora Mason Branch Lib., West Haven, CT

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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For ambitious, troubled architect Ray Jackson, the nightmare begins one sultry California night when his wife disappears. No phone call, no ransom note, no body, reveals whether Leigh is dead or alive.

Then, suddenly, a woman shows up on Ray’s doorstep demanding answers: Kathleen, an old friend of Leigh’s. Ray wants answers, too, but his questions seem strange and shady to Kat. Suspected by his wife’s friend and by the police, Ray launches a desperate and alarming search of his own. Using a collection of keys he has held on to since he was a boy–keys to homes he and his mother once lived in–Ray quietly yet boldly enters each house, one by one, hoping to unlock the secrets of his own past. As past and present collide, as a chilling mystery begins to unravel, Ray is suddenly confronted with the most agonizing decision of his life–to face his own violence-laden past, acting to prevent another horrendous act of violence, or not. His choice will leave nothing and no one the same.

From the Hardcover edition.

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