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A tale of intrigue and introspection that keeps you guessing.

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The main character isn't always all that likable, but she is realistic.


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The View From the Tower is a true tale of intrigue. While Helen isn’t always likable, you are drawn into her journey as she struggles to deal with the guilt and shock of her husband’s sudden death, all while to determined to uncover what happened in the moment’s leading up to his demise. There are twists and turns aplenty, with the author leading readers on a merry chase to the diabolical mind behind it all.

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Posted January 6, 2014 by

 
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Charles Lambert brings a tale of Italian politics and sudden death in The View From the Tower.

The View From the Tower is, at its heart, a murder mystery. Helen, the wife of a prominent statesman, is in her lover’s arms when she gets the call. Her husband has been assassinated. And so kicks off an investigation. Obviously, the murder of such a well known figure is top news, and the culprit will have to be hunted down for the safety and security of the general public. But the story goes so much deeper than that. As Helen goes through the motions in the days following the murder, trying to piece together both what has happened to Federico himself, and their marriage through the years. What results is a look deep inside herself, as she discovers things about herself and those around her that she hasn’t bothered to look for as the years passed her by.

In addition to the introspective Helen – a stunner widow who nonetheless refuses to simply lie down and grieve as life passes by – there are a cast of characters from her present and past who together help her piece together the events of that day, and the events of long ago that none of them were ever truly able to escape from.  There’s Giacomo, Federico’s oldest and dearest friend, and the subject of Helen’s longtime illicit affair. Will his friend’s unfortunate death be the catalyst for their union, or will Helen realize it was the thrill of the chase the spurned their affair? And there’s Martin, Helen’s coworker who has long held a flame for the married beauty – in comforting her for her loss, can he nurture a deeper bond between them? And then there are Giulia and Fausto, Federico’s parents. While Giulia has never truly approved of Helen, could this tragedy finally bring the two together, or is there something much deeper at work?

The View From the Tower is a true tale of intrigue. While Helen isn’t always likable, you are drawn into her journey as she struggles to deal with the guilt and shock of her husband’s sudden death, all while to determined to uncover what happened in the moment’s leading up to his demise. There are twists and turns aplenty, with the author leading readers on a merry chase to the diabolical mind behind it all.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)