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The Crighton family has always provided a strong face. With their power, prestige and image, no one would know what lurks just beneath the surface.

Ben Crighton has ruled the family with an iron fist. He always had definite ideas of how to keep his family dynasty going. He has never been afraid to show favorites or to give his opinion on a woman's place. David and Jon are Ben's twin sons. David's ten minute seniority has earned him favored status, despite the fact that Jon has kept the family law firm thriving. Tiggy, David's wife, gave up a life as a model to marry, and has secrets that could shock the family. Jon's wife, Jenny, is an amazing though plain woman who is truly the backbone of the group. Max, Jon and Jenny's son, and Olivia, David and Tiggy's daughter, are both lawyers. Max is a schemer and Olivia is a hard worker.

As the family gathers for a weekend party, walls of deceit come tumbling down as each person is forced to face reality behind the masks.

Relying heavily on stereotyping, Ms. Jordan tells a thinly plotted story, dealing more with individuals, and less with the whole.(Feb., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson