A SEXY, HARD TO PUT DOWN READ.
a hefty but positively riveting tale of love and loss that spans three continents and as many generations. Wealthy, cultivated Mercedes Eduard seems to have everything money can buy, but her serene life in Costa Brava is abruptly shattered when she receives a photograph of her daughter--half- naked and chained to a bed. On the back of the photo is a terse note: GO TO THE POLICE AND SHE DIES. Jump-cut then to the daughter herself: 20-year-old Eden Van Buren, a spoiled rich girl with a nasty heroin habit. While she's locked in a windowless basement cell somewhere in the Arizona desert, her painful drug withdrawal evokes--surprisingly--sympathy and concern from her mysterious masked captor.
I didn't read it. I couldn't get into it.
Eden Van Buren lives chained to an iron bedstead in a homemade cell. Her captor is handsome and tormented young sculptor who lives alone in the Arizona desert. He is honest, compassionate, and uninterested in money. Why then has he kidnapped Eden and demanded ten million dollars in ransom? Ahd why does he seem intent on destroying Eden's mother?
The answers lie in a hal-century of desire, brutality, and betrayal - a dark skein of tangled lives and shameful secrets that spans three generations and three continents, from Franco's Spain to teh cruel brutality of Vietnam, from the haut monde of Beverly Hills to exotic Costa Brava to the basement of an isolated house where Eden's captor seeks his ransom of revenge. For he is more than a kidnapper, he is an avenging angel, and he represents the final piece in a puzzle of lies and deception that began with...the original sin.