Searching for Irene by Marlene Bateman


Anna Coughlin is a modern 1920s woman, armed with a college education and a partiality for numbers. Now, within the walls of a fantastic castle-like mansion in the hills of Virginia, her skill will be tested as never before. Hired to serve as financial advisor to wealthy Lawrence Richardson, Ann finds the welcome she receives anything but warm. Lawrence’s handsome but antagonistic son Tyler wants nothing more than to send her packing. The household staff isn’t much better, but who can blame them, considering the way Lawrence’s last advisor, Irene, disappeared…

Convinced that one of the enigmatic members of the household had something to do with Irene’s disappearance, Anna doesn’t dare trust anyone—not even temperamental Tyler Richardson, who, despite her best intentions, is beginning to steal her heart.

A series of frightening incidents ensnare Anna in a maze of intrigue, putting her life in peril. But even as Anna begins uncovering the secrets hidden within the mansion’s stone walls, she harbors a secret of her own. Now, the only question that remains is whether she will disappear as mysteriously as Irene.

In Emilee’s opinion:

This was the first novel I read by Marlene Bateman and it was fantastic. I loved her style of writing. It was engaging and mysterious. Basically, I like everything about Searching for Irene. It was another book I could hardly put down.

Searching for Irene is a 1920’s story about a woman named Anna who gets a job as a financial adviser for a wealthy man named Lawrence. I loved that she had secrets and that we learned early on a few of them. Sometimes, authors wait till the end but this time we learned more about Anna as well as who Irene was. I loved each of the characters and you really didn’t know who to trust. Anna had the same issue with trust. All she knew was that she needed to find the truth about where Irene went. It was enjoyable to read and I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a good suspense novel. It was definitely worth my time and I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to read it.


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