Random House, Inc.
A Sight for Sore Eyes tells three stories, and for the longest time, the reader has no inkling of how they will come together. The first is a story of a little girl who has been scolded and sent to her room when her mother is brutally murdered; as Francine grows up, she is haunted by the experience, and it is years before she even speaks. Secondly, we become privy to the life of a young man, Teddy, born of unthinking young parents, who grows up almost completely ignored. Free of societal mores, he becomes a sociopath, who eventually discovers that killing can be an effective way to get what he wants. Thirdly, we meet Harriet, who from an early age has learned to use her beauty to make her way in the world. Bored by marriage to a wealthy, much older man, she scans the local newspapers for handymen to perform odd jobs around the house, including services in the bedroom.
When these three plots strands finally converge, the result is harrowing and unforgettable. A Sight for Sore Eyes is not just the work of a writer at the peak of her craft. It is an extraordinary story by a writer who, after 45 books, countless awards, and decades of international acclaim, is still getting better with every book.
Baker & Taylor
The lives of Francine, a woman who had been an eyewitness as a child to her mother's murder; Harriet, an aging and bored beauty; and Teddy, a handsome but murderously psychopathic young man, collide in a harrowing, unforgettable, and fateful climax. 50,000 first printing. Tour.
Blackwell North Amer
Francine has been scolded and sent to her room. When she peeks downstairs she glimpses a visitor as he brutally murders her mother. For the next nine months Francine will be mute, and when she speaks she will be unable to identify the killer....
Harriet, an aging, fading beauty, scans the local classified ads for handymen to perform odd jobs around the house and to alleviate in her bedroom the boredom of her marriage to a wealthy, older man....
Born to a pair of feckless, barely socialized parents, never played with, cuddled, or even talked to, Teddy has become a very handsome young man who never questions his discovery that killing is an easy way to get what he wants....
The lives of Francine, a woman who had been an eyewitness as a child to her mother's murder; Harriet, an aging and bored beauty; and Teddy, a handsome but murderously psychopathic young man, collide in a harrowing and fateful climax