Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Shelf Control: Quiet Dell by Jayne Anne Phillips

It's Wednesday and that means it's time for a Shelf Control post!

Shelf Control is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies, giving book junkies like me a chance to highlight some of the lingering titles in our TBR stacks!

Title: The Quiet Dell
Author: Jayne Anne Phillips
Published: 2013
Length: 480 pages

What it's about (from Goodreads):

A spectacularly riveting novel based on a real life crime by a con man who preyed on widows: “a brilliant fusion of fact and fiction, Jayne Anne Phillips has written the novel of the year” (Stephen King)—“think In Cold Blood meets The Lovely Bones—but sexy” (People).

In Chicago in 1931, Asta Eicher, a lonely mother of three, is desperate for money after the sudden death of her husband. She begins to receive seductive letters from a chivalrous, elegant man named Harry Powers, who promises to cherish and protect her, ultimately to marry her and to care for her and her children. Weeks later, Asta and her three children are dead.

Emily Thornhill, one of the few women journalists in the Chicago press, wants to understand what happened to this beautiful family, particularly to the youngest child, Annabel, an enchanting girl with a precocious imagination and sense of magic. Determined, Emily travels to West Virginia to cover the murder trial and to investigate the story herself, accompanied by a charming and unconventional photographer equally drawn to the case. These heroic characters, driven by secrets of their own, will stop at nothing to ensure Powers is convicted.

A tragedy, a love story, and a tour de force of obsession, Jayne Anne Phillips’s Quiet Dell “hauntingly imagines the victims’ hopes, dreams, and terror” (O, The Oprah Magazine). It is a mesmerizing and deeply moving novel from one of America’s most celebrated writers.

How I got it:

It was a Christmas gift

When I got it:

Last Christmas, so not too terribly long ago (based on the previous titles I've featured anyway).

Why I want to read it:

An industry friend of mine recommended it after reading it herself. It sounded fabulous and she said it had a great "creep factor."


Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies said...

Wow, this sounds really powerful and chilling. Adding it to my to-read list right now!

Unknown said...

This one sounds intriguing. I hope you enjoy it, when you finally get to reading it! :)

Literary Feline said...

This does sound good! I have a few books I've gotten for past Christmases that I still haven't read as well.