A Beautiful Family

By Marilyn Cohen de Villiers

General fiction, Crime & mystery | Paperback, eBook


When Johannesburg socialite Brenda Silverman dies in mysterious circumstance in her palatial, well secured home, questions are inevitable. Did she commit suicide? Was it an accidental drug overdose? Or did her death have something to do with her husband, Alan? Alan Silverman is a handsome, charming businessman with impeccable credentials: a former political activist who fled South Africa in the 1980s and returned to help build the new democracy; a loving husband and devoted father; a pillar of Johannesburg’s Jewish community; and an intimate of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress elite. He is also a man hiding a terrible secret. Tracy Jacobs, a young journalist, is assigned to cover the story but as her investigations start to uncover cracks in the beautiful Silverman family facade, she finds herself in conflict with her own community. Will Brenda’s inquest finally reveal the truth? Spanning nearly forty years and three countries (South Africa, England and Israel), A Beautiful Family confirms a horrible reality: that “things like that” can and do happen to people just like us.


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When Johannesburg socialite Brenda Silverman dies in mysterious circumstance in her palatial, well secured home, questions are inevitable. Did she commit suicide? Was it an accidental drug overdose? Or did her death have something to do with her husband, Alan? Alan Silverman is a handsome, charming businessman with impeccable credentials: a former political activist who fled South Africa in the 1980s and returned to help build the new democracy; a loving husband and devoted father; a pillar of Johannesburg’s Jewish community; and an intimate of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress elite. He is also a man hiding a terrible secret. Tracy Jacobs, a young journalist, is assigned to cover the story but as her investigations start to uncover cracks in the beautiful Silverman fami...


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Marilyn Cohen de Villiers was born and raised in Johannesburg. She graduated from Rhodes University with a B. Journalism degree followed by a BA (Hons) in English. With the dawning of the turbulent 1980s in South Africa, she started her career as a reporter on a daily newspaper, working first in the news and later the finance departments. She married her news editor Poen de Villiers (who passed away earlier this year). After the birth of their two daughters, Marilyn ‘crossed over’ into Public Relations. PR remains Marilyn’s “day job”.


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Marilyn Cohen de Villiers was born and raised in Johannesburg. She graduated from Rhodes University with a B. Journalism degree followed by a BA (Hons) in English. With the dawning of the turbulent 1980s in South Africa, she started her career as a reporter on a daily newspaper, working first in the news and later the finance departments. She married her news editor Poen de Villiers (who pas...


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