Posted first to Blog Critics as Book Review: 'The Address,' A Novel by Fiona Davis.
One hundred years later we meet Bailey Camden, She has been
stripped of everything, a former interior designer, drugs became her
way of life. Rehab has brought her back but now she must rely on
others to help her through. Homeless and without any prospects she
must lean on her cousin Melinda. She is the biological great
granddaughter of Theodore Camden. Melinda is set to inherit the Camden
fortune which includes the Dakota. Melinda allows Bailey to oversee
the renovation of her apartment, the very apartment where Theodore
Agreeing to the task, Bailey is nevertheless distressed by the
thought of changing the character and history of such a wonderful
building. This is the room where Theodore Camden resided after being
stabbed by a former employee, Sara Smythe. Sara was later found
guilty and put in an insane asylum.
As Bailey begins her work, little does she realize that her life
will turn upside down one more time. There is a secret that others
are willing to do anything to keep it from getting out. The tension
builds as she begins to decipher the clues to the mystery of the
Davis takes you deep into the past and gives us a story of
courage, bravery, love and revenge. But loss is also included, with a
touch of grief that permeates the narrative. Her characters are very
real, and the situation builds suddenly, dragging you in deeply, and
forcing you to choose sides. Davis gives us the beauty and wonder of
the time. Yet there is also a danger and darkness, willing to create
You are taken into the wonder of New York in the past, and treated
to the beauties the helped to make it the city it has become. The
unfolding narrative becomes just one of the stories that are
scattered throughout the history of the city, but one that holds both
hope and danger, keeping you reading deep into the night.
If you enjoy history, mystery, familial interactions and family
tree distinctions, you will find this work to be full of all. This
work will keep you reading, working to find the mystery and horrified
to see how life can often change in just an instant.