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Eileen Goudge

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in San Mateo, CA, The United States



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I began writing at the age of eight, and wrote my way through the lean years, more than one marriage, single motherhood,and moving to the Big Apple on a wing and a prayer, with fifteen women's fiction novels to show for it. Every life experience I've weathered has found its way into my novels in one form or another:bad exes, births, deaths,divorces, pregnancy scares,true crime (I was nearly kidnapped, at age 12, by the stranger whose car your parents warned you not get it into). It's all part of the alchemy that makes for fictional gold.

BONES AND ROSES, Book One of my Cypress Bay mystery series, marks my entry into the ranks of mystery novelists. I've been a fan of the genre since I fell under the spell of James M. Cain reading his masterp

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Eileen Goudge I get to work barefoot. And I don't have to wear pantyhose to work.
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I live in New York City, a fashion capital...or fashion disaster zone, depending on what street you should happen to be on at any given time. SSBT is code among my friends for "She Should be Told." But that would be mean if it was only to say "Wrong choice!," right? And we don't want to be mean. God knows we've all had bad hair days or made regrettable...
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Taut psychological thriller that never lets up on the tension. When Rachel's 8-year-old son goes missing in the park - seemingly disappeared into thin air--it launches an investigation that alters the lives of everyone involved and brings long-buried ...more
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Okay, so it wasn't as amazing as ME BEFORE YOU. Emotional and heartfelt with well-drawn characters, it tugs on the heart strings without making you plow through a box of Kleenex. I really enjoyed the plucky heroine's journey through grief and beyond. ...more
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“Looking at him now, she saw a study in contrasts. Someone who was kind and loyal but who could also be stubborn and intractable; who was his own man but also your typical man from Mars; who was always there for her but who had a tendency to hold back when showing his own emotions; who was forgetful at times but who never forgot was was most important. In short, someone who wasn't perfect but perfect for her, because of rather than in spite of his flaws.”
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