Quiet Dell

Quiet Dell

Large Print - 2014
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Emily Thornhill, one of the few women journalists in the Chicago press in 1931, becomes deeply invested in understanding what happened to Asta Eicher, a widowed mother of three who began to receive seductive letters from a chivalrous, elegant man named Harry Powers, who promised to cherish and protect her, ultimately to marry her and to care for her and her children--but weeks later, seems to have murdered all four Eichers.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410466075
Characteristics: 675 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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athompson10 Feb 23, 2017

This is beautifully written, very atmospheric. Some elements remind me of Alice Sebold's "Lovely Bones." It is based on the true-life murders of two women who were taken in by a con man who promised marriage and instead killed the women (and one woman's three children as well) for their assets, but four of the pivotal characters are fictional. The book is interspersed with photos and actual newspaper coverage of the crimes and the trial.

Nov 09, 2015

This amazing book completely captures the true life events that led to the murder of a family of four in what we think of as a gentler time. The language subtly wound itself like a cashmere white scarf with a comforting Christmas scene in a sweet but grief stricken family in the first part of the book. Then just as swiftly as their murders happen, the next part of the story is brought forward with well drawn characters some fictional and some from true life. The hunt for truth and justice is a hard road to travel but in the end the grace and kind intelligence of the people who have longed for completion is told with such compassion that I could not but find the ending completely satisfying. For readers who enjoyed All the Light You Cannot See, this book may interest you.

rere3 Sep 04, 2015

I like this author but this is not really about the murders. She takes a real event and weaves a story about fictional characters around it. The fiction is fine but it all felt indulgent on the author's part. Then again having grown up in Western Pa, this is likely the only book I'll ever read with Uniontown Pa in it.

Feb 10, 2014

VERY disappointed in this book. Was hoping for a true account of the Eicher murders. The entire second half of this book is fiction. Because it is written in the point of view of the FICTIONAL Emily Thornhill, you must remind yourself that most of this stuff didn't happen! It all took away from the crime, the victims, and hardly addressed the mindset of the actual murderer.


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