The shameful circumstances of Tricia’s death left Dave unhinged and in shock. He thought he knew this woman, his own wife, but he really didn’t. She was going through a rough time, worse than any of us could have imagined. She felt lost in her marriage. She was devastated by Dave’s affair, but didn’t want to leave him. He was the only real security she’d ever known. But she couldn’t see spending the rest of her life with him either. Her identity, and maybe even her sanity, were at stake. The Internet affair with Joe was a means of escape, a way to find some relief from the pain and confusion.
Tricia had also just turned 50 and, for the first time in her life, felt insecure about her looks. I thought of the photos I had taken of her at a picnic in the mountains last summer. She kept begging me to take more because she couldn’t stand to see the fine lines, tiny jowls, and strands of grey. She had been a stunning girl, a teenage beauty queen, and now she was a prisoner, in a sense, of her own midlife. She was groping for some way to make sense of it, trying to protect herself from the uncertainty of her future and a lack of confidence in her past. That’s a pretty delicate, treacherous place to be: uncertain about your future, and full of doubts about your past. What kind of present do you have when you’re wedged between those two?
About The Book
Author: Irene Woodbury
Genre: Women’s Fiction
When the nude body of Dave Sloan’s wife, Tricia, is found dead at the Bellagio in Vegas, he’s stunned. Why was she even there when she told him she was going to a conference in Phoenix? Tricia Sloan’s mysterious death shatters, and later transforms, the lives of those closest to her.
Irene Woodbury’s second novel, A DEAD END IN VEGAS, is a dark, probing look at marriage, infidelity, revenge, and grief. Immersing herself in drama and dysfunction for months on end was a challenge for this upbeat author, whose first book, the humor novel A SLOT MACHINE ATE MY MIDLIFE CRISIS, was published by SynergEbooks in 2011. At first glance, the two novels seem quite different, but both deal with midlife confusion and chaos, and the complexities and unpredictable nature of the human heart. And both, of course, are partially set in Las Vegas, a city Irene got to know well during her years as a travel writer. Between 2000 and 2005, her stories appeared in major newspapers in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Irene, who graduated from the University of Houston in 1993, lives in Denver with her husband, Richard, a retired correspondent for Time Magazine who edited both of her novels. The couple miss traveling, but, after two novels, Irene insists there’s no greater journey than the one into your own heart and mind.