A Circle of Wives (Paperback)

By Alice Laplante

Grove Press, 9780802122926, 328pp.

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

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March 2014 Indie Next List

“What would you do if you discovered your husband had another wife, or even two, at the same time that he is married to you? Full of marital and murderous deception, LaPlante's new novel echoes the tension and suspense of her previous work, Turn of Mind, and leads the reader down a path of betrayal, power, passion, and terror. A fabulous read!”
— Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT
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* An Indie Next Pick
* A LibraryReads Selection
* An Amazon Best Book of the Month (Mysteries & Thrillers)
* A Daily Candy Best Book of March
* One of More Magazine's "Five Thrillers Not to Read After Dark"

When Dr. John Taylor turns up dead in a hotel room, the local police uncover enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. Detective Samantha Adams, whose Palo Alto beat usually covers petty crimes, is innocently thrown into a high-profile case that is more complicated than any she has faced before. A renowned reconstructive surgeon and a respected family man, Dr. Taylor was beloved and admired. But beneath his perfect fa ade was a hidden life--in fact, multiple lives. Dr. Taylor was married to three very different women in three separate cities. As the circumstances surrounding his death emerge, Detective Adams finds herself tracking down a murderer through a tangled web of marital deception and revenge. New York Times bestselling author Alice LaPlante's haunting and complex novel of family secrets dissects--with scalpel-like agility--the intricacies of desire and commitment, trust and jealousy.

About the Author

Alice LaPlante is an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction. She teaches creative writing at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer. She also teaches in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. Her fiction has been widely published in "Epoch," "Southwestern Review," and other literary journals. Alice is the author of six books, including the LA Times bestseller "Method and Madness: The Making of a Story" (W.W. Norton 2009). Her first novel, "Turn of Mind," was a "New York Times," NPR, and American Independent Booksellers Association bestseller, won the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and was named a "New York Times" and "Booklist" Editors' Choice and a #1 IndieNextPick. She lives with her family in Northern California. Author website: alicelaplante.com

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  1. The book is narrated by four different characters: Detective Samantha Adams and Dr. Taylor’s three wives: Helen, MJ, and Deborah. How does this structure provide a more well-rounded understanding of each character? Which of these characters voices do you connect with most? Why?generic viagra price canada
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  3. Deborah believes that John’s three wives “added up to the perfect marriage, and he needed all of us in order to have a balanced life.” Does she really mean this? Discuss whether or not Deborah is a reliable narrator.generic viagra price canada
  4. Samantha confronts MJ with the news that MJ had a strong motive to murder Dr. Taylor, as she would have lost her house. “I see now,” Samantha says, “that any warmth I felt toward MJ was just stupid me wanting to be liked. We are opponents, have been from the start.” Why does this news shock Samantha? Has Samantha’s need to be liked impacted her ability to do her job effectively?generic viagra price canada
  5. Helen offers Deborah a place to stay in her apartment, then opens up to Deborah about how she met Dr. Taylor. Are these gestures in line with Helen’s character, or do they reflect a genuine reevaluation of her personality in the wake of her pregnancy and Dr. Taylor’s death?generic viagra price canada
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