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The midnight side : a novel
Mostert, Natasha.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow & Co., [2001]

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272 pages ; 25 cm
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He had been waiting patiently: midnight had come and gone and then the first, early morning hours. And still there was light in the room on the top floor of the house on the opposite side of the street, forcing him to wait ....

He glanced at his watch. Four o'clock. The streets were still, the air hushed. This was the dreaming hour when people cried out in their sleep; the crisis hour when a fever might break or hope finally disappear. The hour when death's angel was walking.

"The Midnight Side is a chilling tale of an incredibly seductive woman who, even from the grave, is able to manipulate events to her satisfaction. A haunting story of obsession and loss, Natasha Mostert's arresting debut is an intricately plotted psychological thriller that will leave you breathless.

Isa DeWitt is not alarmed when she receives a phone call in the early morning hours from her cousin Alette -- they'd always shared a tight bond -- until she discovers that Alette has been dead for two days. Summoned to attend to the affairs of Alette's estate, Isa travels from her home in South Africa to meet with Alette's attorney in London. There,

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A telephone call from beyond the grave sets in motion South African writer Mostert's auspicious debut thriller, a gripping tale of obsession and revenge. Alette Temple, psychic to the British elite, senses her life is in danger long before someone tampers with the brakes of her car, sending her skidding to her death on an icy road in London. In her will, she leaves everything to her South African architect cousin, Isa DeWitt, but requires Isa to fulfill a final ruthless request: she must financially destroy the pharmaceutical company belonging to Alette's former husband, Justin Temple, using incriminating information Alette had been hoarding. In London, Isa, not realizing Alette was murdered, carries out her cousin's last wishes by way of anonymous phone calls to stockbrokers and information leaks to leading financial newspapers. As Alette's posthumous plan takes on a life of its own, Isa begins to wonder about her cousin, uncovering Alette's darkest obsessions and secrets. The more Isa probes, the closer she comes to Alette's demented killer, who will stop at nothing to silence his pursuer. African mysticism, paranormal experiences and terrifying dreams set the tone for this eloquently written novel. Though the deus ex machina ending disappoints, Mostert's solid prose and chilling premise should make this a crossover success, satisfying fans of ghost stories as well as readers of mainstream suspense thrillers. Agent, Harvey Klinger. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved