"Shadow Image," by Martin J. Smith. Jove. 384 pages. $5.99...

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June 14, 1998|By Oline H. Cogdill | Oline H. Cogdill,Knight Ridder Tribune

"Shadow Image," by Martin J. Smith. Jove. 384 pages. $5.99 (paperback original). Martin J. Smith delivers a solid, suspenseful tale wrapped around an Alzheimer's patient's "memory patterns" and a wealthy family's secrets in "Shadow Image."

In Pennsylvania, the Underhills are "a force of nature," a socially connected and politically powerful family. The race for governor by their son Ford seems a smooth ascent until his mother attempts suicide. But memory expert Jim Christensen doesn't believe the matriarch was capable of attempting suicide, and is especially interested in Floss' drawings in art therapy that are helping her "connect with lost memories" and the snippets of family life she seems to remember.

Smith does a first-class job of delving into the psyche of a ruthless family with despicable sins as well as the quandary of Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers. The author keeps the tension high and the characters realistic.

Pub Date: 6/14/98

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