Combine an exotic (1)(tropic) setting, a cleverly plot and an intriguing cast of characters and one would (2) (right) expect a page-turner of a novel, especially considering it was written by acclaimed author, Daniel Bray. The (3) (deny) truth, however, is that Bray seems to have lost his touch, if only in this isolated case. While Bray has added all the necessary (4) (literature) ingredients, the book just seems a bit half-cooked. It starts (5) (promise) enough - a beautiful naive nanny arrives on an isolated island only to discover her employer, the recently widowed Marquis De Banqueth, conceals a (6 ) (mystery) secret. However, it simply doesn't go anywhere. In a nutshell, Bray leads his reader down an (7) (end), rambling path without ever providing them with any (8) (resolve) to the plot.