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Title:
The Greek villa
Author:
Gould, Judith.
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Publication Information:
New York : New American Library, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
343 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780451210470
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Summary

Summary

Aspiring author Tracey Sullivan, on the mend from her boyfriend's betrayal and father's suicide, has landed the perfect opportunity: a job as ghostwriter for a fading film star who lives in a magnificent Greek villa. But soon Tracey discovers more than she bargained for, including true love, scandalous secrets, and murder. From the salsa beats of South Beach to the shimmering landscape of the Greek isles, this is Judith Gould's most fabulous escape yet into a breathtaking world of passion and suspense.


Author Notes

Judith Gould lives in the historic Hudson River Valley, where she is at work on her next novel.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Tracey Sullivan is a hardworking news writer for a minor Miami TV station but has hopes of becoming a published author. She lives with her eccentric father and has a handsome, moneyed fiance, but suddenly her world comes crashing down: her fiance has another girl; publishers reject her novel; she ends up having to report on her father's death; and foreclosure is imminent on her home. Her only luck comes when she is offered a job in Santorini, Greece, as a ghostwriter for a famous B-movie star, Urania Vickers, who may or may not be her real mother. She takes the job to save her house and to find out if this woman is her mother, but while Urania is a B-movie star, she acts like a class-A bitch. Her stern housekeeper is straight out of a gothic novel, and a mysterious locked tower adds to the melodrama. Lots of obstacles stand in Tracey's way and put her in danger in Gould's great escapist read, a tale filled with suspense, steamy sex, glamorous clothing, and exotic characters. --Patty Engelmann Copyright 2003 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

A young journalist and aspiring novelist takes a job on the Greek island of Santorini and is plunged into peril and mystery in this contrived but lively romantic drama. Tracey Sullivan, a cub reporter at a Miami television station, lives with her beloved father and is engaged to Fortune 500 scion Brian Rutherford Biggs III. On the very same day that she learns Brian has been two-timing her, she is called to report on a suicide, only to discover on air that the victim is her father ("That... that car they just pulled out of the river... I... I know that car. The driver's name is... The driver's name was... one Thomas Sullivan of Coconut Grove"). In going through her father's belongings, Tracey discovers a photograph of the mother she never knew, who bears a remarkable resemblance to famous actress-turned-writer Urania Vickers. Another implausible coincidence-Urania and Tracey share an agent, the handsome Mark Varney-gets Tracey a gig as Urania's ghostwriter in stunning Santorini. Mark is on the premises, too, to Tracey's delight, but the spoiled, possessive Urania has him firmly in her grasp. Meanwhile, back in Miami, Tracey's friend Maribel investigates Tracey's father's death and Brian's corporate connections, and little by little unravels an elaborate scheme that eventually threatens Tracey's very existence. Elements of the gothic and the supernatural (an amulet, a mysterious tower, eerie cries in the night) crank up the melodrama a few more notches. Gould's loopy plotting is over-the-top, but readers willing to suspend disbelief will get plenty of bang for their buck. (Oct. 7) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved