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The Masquerader

The Masquerader by Katherine Thurston
By: (1875-1911)

The Masquerader by Katherine Thurston is a gripping tale of deception, intrigue, and forbidden love. The story follows the protagonist, a man who assumes the identity of his long-lost twin brother in order to uncover a family secret. As he delves deeper into his brother's life, he becomes entangled in a web of lies and deceit that threatens to destroy everything he holds dear.

Thurston's writing is both elegant and engaging, drawing the reader into a world of high society and hidden motives. The characters are complex and well-developed, each with their own motivations and desires. The plot twists and turns, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat until the very end.

Overall, The Masquerader is a compelling read that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and romance. Thurston's skillful storytelling and vivid descriptions make this novel a must-read for anyone looking for a thrilling and captivating tale.

Book Description:
The Masquerader is one of two Katherine Cecil Thurston’s books that appeared on the Publisher’s Weekly best-sellers list in 1905. The Masquerader is part mystery, part romance and part political thriller – all tied up in one neat package. Nature has a way of sometimes making two people nearly indistinguishable in appearance. Such is the premise for this book. John Chilcote, a British politician, and John Loder, a man down on his luck meet by accident one night during one of London’s worst fogs. Chilcote, addicted to morphine, needs to escape his political responsibilities and presents an offer to Loder to exchange places occasionally. Loder, reluctant at first, finally accepts the proposal and finds he fits into Chilcote’s role – perhaps better than Chilcote himself. The exchanges become more frequent and lengthy. Loder, finding his way, discovers he is worthy of Chilcote’s position, especially during an international crisis, but when Chilcote reclaims his life, Loder’s accomplishments try to unravel. Two women are intimately involved in this story – one is Chilcote’s wife, Eve, who is a wife of convenience rather than love. The second is Lady Astrupp. We will say little about Lady Astrupp except that she adds a great deal of suspense to the story. In such a charade, things do not always go as expected. Does Chilcote break his drug habit? What becomes of Loder? Does Eve become suspicious as a wife might? Is the masquerade exposed by……but then I would be telling you more than you should know beforehand.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - February 1, 2017
Subject: Masquerader
Pretty good story. Excellent narration. Thanks!
Reviewer: - September 9, 2015
Subject: Masquerader
Very good story and very well read. Tom does an excellent job reading.
Reviewer: - February 26, 2015
Subject: Masquerader
A good story, an old story line well done. Very well narrated by Tom Wiess.

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