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In The Glass Butterfly, Louise Marley winds together a tale of subtle danger lurking in the past and a mother's sacrifice for her son's future....

A new life. A new name. A complete break with the past. It's the only way therapist Victoria Lake can think to protect her son — and herself — from a case turned deadly. She and Jack have barely spoken since he's gone to college. As painful as it is, it's better that he think she's dead than let her enemies suspect that she's not.

Jack could never stand his mother's insistence that sometimes intuition told her things facts couldn't. But he has a strange feeling that she's alive, despite the meticulous police investigation and the somber funeral. Of course, Jack is reconsidering several things his mother said, now that she's gone.

To survive, Victoria knows she has to reinvent herself completely. She can't even listen to her beloved Puccini. But without the music in her ears, eerie dreams invade her sleep. Lush with the sounds and sights of 19th-century Tuscany, they're also loaded with a very real warning she can't afford to ignore....

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"Seattle-based opera singer/novelist Louise Marley knits together two related plot lines — a contemporary story about a therapist in deadly peril from a patient, and a domestic drama in the life of opera composer Giacomo Puccini — into a gripping novel about obsession and its consequences." Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times

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"Marley's latest is a poetic blend of historical fiction and suspense. Readers are kept waiting anxiously in the dark for details behind Tory's escape, which are revealed little by little throughout the novel. Marley also awards readers with a book-within-a-book bonus, and a glimpse into the life of the renowned opera composer Puccini. Beautifully written and intimate, the endless intrigue and mystery in this novel will keep readers on their toes and eager to reach the conclusion." Sarah Eisenbraun, Romantic Times (starred review)

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"This is a terrific suspense that blends a touch of the Fey with the life of Puccini inside of a taut contemporary thriller. Fast-paced, fans will appreciate the son and the villain searching for the therapist as all roads converge on Cannon Beach." Harriet Klausner, Genre Go Round Reviews

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"[A] slipstream offering that might stymie readers intent on easy categorization...a good thing, too, because the result is worth reading. Marley does an excellent job capturing the experience of starting a new life from scratch, and how human (and, memorably, canine) connections insist on forcing their way into the life of a woman who has, for a time, persuaded herself that she's better off alone. It's really a book about those connections, and how Tory can benefit by not making the key mistake of that servant girl whose life has been so strangely connected to hers. The tone is literary, the language rich, and the feelings wrapped up in Tory's intense love of music — and her unresolved relationship with the estranged son she left behind. Plus, there's that dog. Adam-Troy Castro, SciFi magazine

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"Marley's novel could easily be classified as a mystery; however such a limited perspective would minimize the intensity of the emotional elements. This is a story of developing self-awareness for Tory and her son, Jack. As Jack begins to accept the feeling of the fey within him, he commits himself to denying his mother's death, persisting in trying to find her so he can repair their relationship. The supporting characters illustrate the meaning and depth of friendship and love." Nocturne Romance Reads

About the Author

Lousie Marley, a performer of classical music, is the author of several novels including The Terrorists of Irustan and The Glass Harmonica, which was the co-winner (with Ursula LeGuin's Tales from Earthsea) of the 2001 Endeavor Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science Fiction or Fantasy. She lives in Redmond, Washington with her husband and son.

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Deborah J. Ross, October 12, 2012 (view all comments by Deborah J. Ross)
There's a special delight in picking up a new Louise Marley novel, akin to expecting the unexpected. Who else could write about Mozart's musical genius transmitted by a vampire's bite, or time travel to discover the mystery of Clara Schumann's passionate romance with Brahms? Music, as the jaded, time-worn vampires in Mozart's Blood know all too well, is the one joy that transcends the years, perhaps because it cannot exist outside of time.

Music, particularly the glorious operas of Puccini, is an abiding love of Victoria Lake, and the one thing she must renounce if her identity is to remain hidden as she goes on the run from a psychopathic killer. But music cannot be extricated from the soul, and Puccini's own life -- as seen through a servant girl -- soon begins unfolding in Victoria's dreams. It's never entirely clear whether this is a purely psychological phenomenon or whether there is some fantastical element, some bond or message across time. Are the lives of the two women parallel in the deadly risks they each face? Does music have the magical power to cross time as well as space? Or is this all happening in the highly-stressed mind of a woman who has already survived one attempted murder? It doesn't matter, because the metaphors and images and emotional responses are real, no matter how them come to us. Bottom line: an extraordinary book by a master storyteller. If you don't already love Puccini's operas, you will.
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SomewhatBent, October 9, 2012 (view all comments by SomewhatBent)
The Glass Butterfly by Louise Marley
Kensington (2012), Edition: 1 Original, Paperback, 400 pages

This book was received via the LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program. No spoilers.

A skillfully woven pair of tales; one, the lengths a mother will go to save her son, the other, the loyalty and devotion of a servant in the household of composer Giacomo Puccini. Fast-paced despite the alternating perspectives, and, like all Marley books, expressing the author's love of music in a way completely integral to the story.

You'll want to put on Madame Butterfly and settle in to read this delightful book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780758265685
Author:
Marley, Louise
Publisher:
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.27 x 5.61 x 0.99 in 0.74 lb

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"Review" by , "Seattle-based opera singer/novelist Louise Marley knits together two related plot lines — a contemporary story about a therapist in deadly peril from a patient, and a domestic drama in the life of opera composer Giacomo Puccini — into a gripping novel about obsession and its consequences."
"Review" by , "Marley's latest is a poetic blend of historical fiction and suspense. Readers are kept waiting anxiously in the dark for details behind Tory's escape, which are revealed little by little throughout the novel. Marley also awards readers with a book-within-a-book bonus, and a glimpse into the life of the renowned opera composer Puccini. Beautifully written and intimate, the endless intrigue and mystery in this novel will keep readers on their toes and eager to reach the conclusion."
"Review" by , "This is a terrific suspense that blends a touch of the Fey with the life of Puccini inside of a taut contemporary thriller. Fast-paced, fans will appreciate the son and the villain searching for the therapist as all roads converge on Cannon Beach."
"Review" by , "[A] slipstream offering that might stymie readers intent on easy categorization...a good thing, too, because the result is worth reading. Marley does an excellent job capturing the experience of starting a new life from scratch, and how human (and, memorably, canine) connections insist on forcing their way into the life of a woman who has, for a time, persuaded herself that she's better off alone. It's really a book about those connections, and how Tory can benefit by not making the key mistake of that servant girl whose life has been so strangely connected to hers. The tone is literary, the language rich, and the feelings wrapped up in Tory's intense love of music — and her unresolved relationship with the estranged son she left behind. Plus, there's that dog.
"Review" by , "Marley's novel could easily be classified as a mystery; however such a limited perspective would minimize the intensity of the emotional elements. This is a story of developing self-awareness for Tory and her son, Jack. As Jack begins to accept the feeling of the fey within him, he commits himself to denying his mother's death, persisting in trying to find her so he can repair their relationship. The supporting characters illustrate the meaning and depth of friendship and love."
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