Like the gems that make up the business that lies at the heart of this story, the facets that comprise each stone also represent the various characters who form the dynamics of this tale of hunger, ambition, power, and revenge; the story may be a familiar one, but at the same time, it unfolds in new and intriguing ways.

Facets portrays the secrets, the betrayals, and depicts the long and winding trail that ultimately leads to freedom. It begins in a mining town in Maine, but sweeps across the landscape to cities like Boston and New York. It spans three decades and is as much a family drama as a tale of ambition, greed, and achievement.

When the head of the mining company, Eugene St. George, dies tragically, his son John takes over control of the company and the lives of his stepmother Patricia and his minor half-sister Pamela. As he exerts his power over those who are defenseless to act against him, he sets in motion a chain of events that will take decades to unleash.

Characters like Hillary Cox and Cutter Reid are pitted against John St. George, who has controlled “Facets,” the empire, for so long that he truly believes nothing can touch him. His younger half-sister Pam fears the power he has over her life, and dreams of finally escaping his control. His bullying and manipulation have finally taken their toll on his victims, so whatever happens next could be poetic justice.

What will Pam St. George do to finally wrest free of her powerful and tyrannical half-brother? Will she finally win the love of her life before it is too late? And how will John react to the carefully wrought plans of his enemies? Will Hillary’s obsession and love/hate relationship with John be her undoing, or will the actions of the others finally release her?

Throughout the story, I believed in the characters and their strengths; they were that real. I sometimes felt frustration with Hillary and her obsession with John, but considering her history, it was understandable. I most empathized with Pam, whose very existence depended upon the maneuverings and whims of a man who apparently had no conscience. But at other times, the author showed various other facets to these characters, making them true-to-life, with good as well as bad qualities.

I liked the way the story opened in the “present,” which in this book was 1990, but then swept backward in time. As it moved backward and forward, new layers were revealed, adding depth to the story and the characters.

In some ways, the story seemed to meander along a bit, which is why I chose four stars. I still would recommend it for anyone who loves a good family/business saga.


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