The Gifted

The Gifted

Book - 2014
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Jo and Zack are both proud and a little concerned when their youngest daughter Taylor -- whose birth mother was a brilliant but notorious artist -- has two paintings chosen for a major fund-raising auction. One they've seen; Taylor has kept the other, a portrait of a young male artist's model, in her studio. Their concern grows when it becomes clear (and quite public) that the young man is the lover of the older socialite who organized the fund-raiser. Soon, an ugly web of infidelity, addiction, and manipulation seems to be weaving itself around the Kilbourn-Shreve family. Jo and Zack are doing their best to keep everyone safe, but when one of the principal players in the drama is found murdered, events begin to spiral, Taylor seems to be drifting further away, and their very darkest fears seem about to be realized. The Gifted reconfirms Gail Bowen's incomparable ability to weave the domestic with the dramatic, and to explore the dark side of human nature while keeping the life-affirming pillars of family and friendship standing.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2014
ISBN: 9780771009990
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Bow

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A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This is the latest book in the Joanne Kilbourn mysteries. There is always a murder to solve. I have found it interesting to follow her family as they grow and change."

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Mar 06, 2014

On one hand, Bowen has a very engaging writing style. On the other, her secondary characters are sketchily drawn, and their behaviour is consistently improbable. This is one of those mystery series where it just doesn't pay to be acquainted with the main character, given the approximately one in three odds that you'll be knocked off. Very poor odds indeed, since Joanne Kilbourn has nothing whatsoever to do with law enforcement or investigation.

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