It Might Have Been What He Said by Eden Collinsworth
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Isabel was able to remember the precise moment she tried killing her husband. Strangely enough, she couldn't recollect why. A page-turning tale of tangled love, which makes for perfect summer reading. Thus begins the powerful story of Isabel, who, at the age of 28, has been granted early success as the head of a publishing house. . . a woman of taste and discernment, endowed with enviable wit and a razor-sharp mind. Yet, as the novel opens, we know that Isabel is in great trouble and has possibly lost her mind. Elegantly yet sparely written, hers is a tale of seduction, vertiginous love, and colossal betrayal. When Isabel meets James-a handsome, aristocratic, highly talented writer known in equal parts for his entitlement, drinking, and gift for charming women-she falls head over heels for him, despite all her friends' dire warnings. Breaking his past pattern, however, James also falls for Isabel, and they decide to marry. However improbable a couple, they confound their family and friends, becoming an ideal match, as much in love with each other as they are devoted to their son. The question is: What happens to drive Isabel to her act of insanity?
 

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Published October 20, 2011 by Arcade Publishing. 228 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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When James uses now-teenaged Burgo to expose the sham of their marriage, Isabel in a moment of sudden rage smashes her husband’s skull with an umbrella, then pushes him into ongoing Paris traffic.

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Collinsworth's promising debut novel tells the story of a couple madly in love and just plain mad: it opens with protagonist Isabel Simpson at the psychiatrist discussing her murder attempt on her husband of twelve years.

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The very thing that brought them together would part them: "Words drew Isabel to James and, in time, to a place she couldn't have imagined.

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We know from the first line that Isabel tried to kill James and, for me, her reasons for doing so didn't carry enough weight to make this story a tale of psychological suspense.

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Isabel recognized, however, that James did have a very fine talent for writing.

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Eden Collinsworth clearly has a powerful literary background, for the two central characters of this highly readable novel could be spin-offs of Fitzgerald's Gatsby, Edith Wharton's characters in Ethan Frome, and any of the real people in the biography of Maxwell Anderson, a pivotal pub...

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