Here is the Mysterious Press plot summary: For a few hours after her birth, Amanda
Garth had two fathers. One was John, the kind, forthright man who would raise
her. The other was Tobias Garrison, a well-known California artist who, because
of a mix-up in the hospital’s nursery, briefly thought Amanda was his. The
confusion was straightened out, and the misunderstanding is forgotten for
twenty-three years, when questions about her birth cause Amanda to approach the
Garrisons. This could prove a deadly mistake.
Someone in that
poisonous family is plotting a murder, and the last thing they want is another
heir to the massive Garrison fortune. The quest for truth could mean death for
the girl whose birth was shrouded in secrecy.
The Chabrol movie changed the Tobias character from an
artist to a musician, perhaps feeling that sound was a better movie sensation
than looking at paintings. But the movie had the same level of suspense along
with a little romance. The movie starred Isabelle Huppert, a fine and popular
We once asked friend who was a native French person, why that book was some popular with the French. She read it in French and concluded it was the romance and intrigue that made it so compelling to them.