Synopses & Reviews
Daisy Hubbard, a genetic researcher in a prestigious Boston lab, is driven to find a cure for the rare genetic disease that claimed the life of her younger brother. Her progress is halted, however, when her mentally unstable sister Anna is discovered missing from her California home. Daisy, fearing the worst, drops everything and flies across the country to find Anna. Once there, she is informed by the LAPD that known serial killer Roy Gaines has confessed to Anna's murder, but he will only reveal where he has hidden the body if he can lead Daisy to it himself. Daisy, teaming up with a handsome detective named Jack Makowski, follows Roy to a number of dead bodies, but none of them are Anna's. As Daisy realizes that Roy knows too much about her research, she begins to fear that Anna is a pawn in a game with much larger stakes. It will take all of Daisy's cunning and resolve to stop the killer in his tracks and to uncover his obsession with the disease she has been trying to unravel for her entire life.
- Alice Blanchard's most recent novel. The Breathtaker (Warner hardcover, 0-446-53139-1, 11/03), was named a Today show Book Club selection by Jacquelyn Mitchard in January 2004, has netted close to 50,000 copies, and won raves in numerous publications, including Publishers Weekly, New York Times Book Review, Chicago Tribune, and Library Journal, among others.
- Warner Bros. -based John Wells Productions (White Oleander, The Honest Thief) has obtained the screen rights to The Breathtaker. Blanchard's debut novel, Darkness Peering (Bantam Dell, 1999), has been optioned by Propaganda Films for film development.
- Alice Blanchard's short story collection, The Stuntman's Daughter (University of North Texas Press, 1996), called "breathtaking" by Publishers Weekly, was awarded the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for fiction. Her fiction has appeared in numerous prestigious literary quarterlies.
Driven to find a cure for a rare genetic disease, scientist Daisy Hubbard is interrupted when she learns her unstable sister Anna is missing. When a known serial killer confesses to Anna's murder, Daisy tries to unravel the past ten months of her sister's troubled life.