Crown Books/Three Rivers Press
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From the author of The Spiritualist comes another addictively readable historical novel with a twist of dark mystery.
In the glittering world of nineteenth century opera, Sabine Conrad is a beloved star feted by New York’s high society, showered with adulation from her audiences, and courted by wealthy patrons. Ensnared by a man who both loves and controls her, Sabine risks everything—including her lustrous career—to break free from her lover. But her plan backfires; by the end of the night, she is a criminal on the run from a grisly murder.
Changing her appearance and her name, she flees as far from society as she can, to the rough and gritty town of Seattle. There, hidden among the prostitutes, drunks, and miners, she must put aside the prima donna she once was and learn how to survive on her own.
Until her past returns to offer a terrifying proposition…
Praise for Prima Donna:
"Chance skillfully weaves the parallel worlds of one unhappy woman in Seattle, who grapples with prostitutes, drunken men and her own secrets, and an ambitious opera singer enthralled with her newfound fame… Chance spins a tale as feverishly operatic as some of the productions young Sabine loves… impossible to stop reading."
- Seattle Times
"Heady… Chance deftly explores the hardships the former prima donna endures … even as Sabine yearns to return to the stage herself… an erotic thriller full of lively period detail."
- Publishers Weekly
Four and ½ stars, Featured Review
"Chance takes chances … a winner… Readers will be fascinated by her first person account, told through flashbacks."
- RT Bookclub Magazine
"The book almost begs to be read in one sitting. … An absorbing read."
- Historical Novels Review