Terri is a talented art curator, stagnating in a dead end job in London. Her ex-boyfriend, Oliver, is stalking her. A post curating the retrospective of a famous but reclusive artist seems the perfect escape.
'The cruellest lies are often told in silence' - Robert Louis Stevenson
Portrait painter, Peter Stedding, lives in the mountains of Provence, in a house he shares with his wife, daughter and eccentric sister, Celia. The setting is idyllic; the atmosphere is not: Peter is rude and obstructive, his household strained and silent.
The place holds secrets, stories no-one is allowed to tell. What is Peter hiding? And why should Terri care? Her past has its own dark ghosts. Anyway, she's got an exhibition to organise.
Searching through Peter's old paintings, Terri finds a tantalising clue. Soon she is caught up in a cat and mouse game in search of the truth. But is it wise to start digging up the past?
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‘Shuker’s writing style is strong and the story is well constructed. She methodically weaves the intricate suspense slowly, deliciously, tantalizing the reader as the story unfolds, revealing clue after clue, mystery after mystery right up until the surprising, unexpected end. I couldn’t put this book down once I started reading.’ J.R.Cotner
‘Silent Faces, Painted Ghosts was a wonderfully enjoyable read. It contained heaps of mystery and intrigue, a nice love story and a great plot. Shuker is truly a gifted storyteller and I would love to read more of her books.’ Jackie Mills
‘Another very enjoyable page turner from Kathy Shuker, this latest book is set in a glorious location with sinister shadows behind every corner. I love this sensitive and perceptive writer.’ Mulsford Kate
‘The world of art and the atmospheric Luberon provide a framework for this enticing mystery which captivates from beginning to end.’ Carol “Andy Dobson”
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My books are sometimes chosen to be read by book clubs and I’m thrilled to know that people are engaging with my stories and characters. It’s also interesting for me to hear your impressions and to see my characters through your eyes. If you have decided to read Silent Faces, Painted Ghosts and would like more information about it, do get in touch. If your club is local to me, I should be happy to come and discuss it with you at a meeting if you would like; alternatively, we may be able to hook up on Skype.
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