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Black Painting

This “riveting psychological thriller” tells the story of an infamous painting rumored to be cursed—and the family torn apart by its disappearance (Associated Press).

There are four cousins in the Morse family: perfect Kenny, the preppy West Coast lawyer; James, the shy but brilliant medical student; his seductive, hard-drinking sister Audrey; and Teresa, youngest and most fragile, haunted by the fear that she has inherited the madness that possessed her father.

Their grandfather summons them to his mansion at Owl’s Point. None of them have visited the family estate since they were children, when a prized painting disappeared: a self-portrait by Goya, rumored to cause madness or death upon viewing. Afterward, the family split apart amid the accusations and suspicions that followed its theft.

Any hope for a pleasant reunion is lost when Teresa find their grandfather dead, his horrified gaze pinned upon the spot where the painting once hung. As the family gathers and suspicions mount, Teresa tries to uncover the reasons behind her grandfather’s death and the painting’s loss. But to do so she must face ugly family secrets—and confront those who would keep them hidden.

Neil Olson

Harlequin Enterprises Limited