The Tulip Eaters

The Tulip Eaters

Paperback - 2013
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An "exploration of the power the past wields over the present, [in which] a woman whose child's life hangs in the balance [is forced] to confront the roots of her family's troubled history in the dark days of World War II"
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin MIRA, c2013.
ISBN: 9780778313885
Characteristics: 357 p. ; 21 cm.


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Nov 30, 2015

I have enjoyed both books by this author. Her writing style is engaging and interesting; a good quick read. She has a tendency to 'pretty' things up by using unbelievable circumstances or incidents. The editing is a little off, there are typos or misused words throughout.

ChristchurchLib May 11, 2014

"After her mother is murdered and her baby girl goes missing, Nora de Jong must delve into her family's dark past to find a killer who just may not be a stranger." Thrillers and Suspense May 2014 newslettter

Cdnbookworm Feb 20, 2014

This novel begins with a violent scene in Houston, Texas, but we soon move to The Netherlands and find that the story has its origins there as well as its conclusion.
Nora is a pediatric intern who comes home from work one day to find her mother shot dead, a man she has never seen before dead as well, and her infant daughter missing. She can't think of who would do such a thing and her heart is torn between the loss of her mother and the worry over her daughter's welfare and whereabouts. The police find the man's hotel room with a false Dutch passport as his identification. Nora knows that her parents came from Holland after the war, but doesn't know of any current contacts of her mother from the country or what someone could want with her mother or daughter.
As Nora goes through her mother's possessions she finds old identification information for both her parents that seem to indicate they were on the side of the Nazis during the war and that her father may have murdered a Jew. Unable to sit and wait, Nora uses her own contacts in the Netherlands to access war history documents to try to find out if someone related to the murdered man may have enacted their revenge in this manner.
The story here is great, but the writing less so. Melodramatic in spots with quick changes in emotion and forced actions by the characters, this book could have been so much better with some helpful editing.

carrilis Feb 08, 2014

Really good story to be told. Starts off with a bang, and you think it's going to be a great mystery. Then, the author lets the reader know what really happened. It's a mystery to the main character, but not to the reader. Still a good read, even when Van Heugten makes things a bit too tidy in places.

Jan 28, 2014

This is the most intense book i have ever read. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. You also learn quite a bit about different points of view.

eastsider Jan 10, 2014

I wish I could say this book was riveting in any way, but I can't.


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Jan 28, 2014

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