Flowers in a Window
by Mary McPhee
4.00 · 1 ratings · Published: Dec 3rd, 2013 |
While away on a trip, interior decorator Andrea Clarke realizes she is pregnant. She’s eager to get home to tell her husband, Maurice, a sophisticated older man she’s been married to for less than a year. Entering their upscale loft apartment in Denver, she finds him fully clothed in the bathtub, a gun in his hand, and half his face blown away. The horror of the scene plus stories in the media about Maurice’s possible misuse of funds, cause her to search for a refuge. Not the glitzy interiors she is used to, but a simple upstairs room in a farmhouse whose only note of decor is a vase of yellow flowers in a window. She is recalling an old picture in a decorating book. She finds this house in the rural Midwest and is able to buy and restore it. There she will be content to await the birth of her baby. But one day a stranger comes to disrupt her peace. He tells her the unrecognizable suicide she found was not her husband but his brother, a homeless man. He paints a vivid scene and all too readily, Andrea can “see” it. Is he telling the truth or perpetrating a cruel scam on a highly susceptible, vulnerable woman? Andrea must return to her old life in the city to find out. In a deserted, boarded-up building she comes face-to-face with one of the men.
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