The book opens with Anne Williams’ statement: “I met Ethan on the day that I killed Karoline.” But is she really a murderer? Or was her best friend’s death a tragic accident for which Anne blames herself?
This compelling central character embarks on a roller-coaster ride of self-exploration that causes the reader to breathlessly follow her. Throughout an emotional breakdown in the present, sprinkled with flashes of the past that brought her to this point, Anne questions her own decisions, her lifestyle, and those of the friend she thought she knew.
The gripping twists of Karoline’s duplicity are vicious and deplorable. Entangled in the arms of the homicide detective who helped rule the case a suicide, Anne learns about love and decides to trace her complicated past. The journey uncovers dark family secrets, an unusual history, and criminal treachery. Anne must answer the classic question, “Who am I?” amidst a backdrop of racial tension, lies and hidden chronicles. Eventually she has to confront a deadly threat before the entire story becomes clear. Can she survive this maelstrom of revelation and betrayal with her sanity intact?
“Sweet Karoline is a cleverly constructed psychological novel of perceptions, with a narration that brought to mind Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca and a plot reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith.” The Crime Thriller Hound
“A deliciously vibrant portrait that realistically muddles good and evil.” KIRKUS Review
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Catherine Astolfo is an Arthur Ellis winning author of short stories, four novels in The Emily Taylor Mystery Series (The Bridgeman, Victim, Legacy and Seventh Fire), standalone Sweet Karoline, two novellas, Up Chit Creek and Operation Babylift, and four screenplays. Her novels have been optioned for film by Sisbro & Co. Inc. A Derrick Murdoch award winner, she is a Past President of Crime Writers of Canada, and a member of both Mesdames of Mayhem and Sisters in Crime. Catherine is also a motivational speaker, wife, mom, gramma, great-gramma (really? must’ve started when she was 12). www.catherineastolfo.com