Eye Of The Beholder
The theme of the book, Eye of the Beholder, by Jayne Ann Krentz, is to stop and
take a breath before jumping to conclusions. Twelve years ago, Trask\'s father
was killed in a car accident. He had driven his car off Avalon Point. Because of
the sharp curve, this was not unusual. Everyone in town just believed that

Trask\'s father was another fatality. Trask knew it was more. He believed his
father\'s death was murder. Trask believed Kenyon had killed his father because
of a business deal gone bad. Trask\'s father, Kenyon, and Guthrie had been
working on the deal for months. Trask\'s father had found a problem and believed
the plan would cause the men to go bankrupt. With this information, Trask\'s
father decided to take his money and get out of the deal. Immediately after

Trask found out about his father\'s death, he went to Kenyon\'s home. Trask went
with his gun in hand. He wasn\'t sure of his own plans; he only knew that someone
was going to pay for his father\'s death. Probably for the best of them all,

Alexa walked into the room in time to see Trask pull out his gun. Trask left
when Alexa got to the phone and threatened to call the police. 2 The opening of
the newest of the Avalon hotel chain couldn\'t have been planned more perfectly.

Trask knew it was perfect. He had been in the business for years and was quite
good. So far, all of his hotel\'s had been a great success. He was unsure of this
one though. Most of the town believed that if Trask ever did come back, it would
be for revenge. Trask had left the night of his father\'s death and hadn\'t been
seen since. Many had heard of the successful business man he had become and
praised him for it. The night of the opening ceremony, Alexa was upstairs by
herself. She knew Trask would be at the hotel and had done her best to avoid
him. Everyone in town believed Trask was back for revenge and had chosen this
sight for a hotel as an excuse. Alexa felt she would be the last person Trask
needed to see. If there was any contact, she hoped Trask wouldn\'t recognize her.

While upstairs, Alexa looked over the artwork. Trask, who recognized Alexa
immediately, entered the room. They talked briefly before Trask commented on how
she had changed. Alexa couldn\'t believe it. She had hoped and prayed Trask
wouldn\'t remember her. To her surprise, he asked her out. She agreed, but only
because she hoped to get information about what he was really in town for. At
dinner, Alexa tried to bring back the past. Every attempt was unsuccessful until
the last one. Trask finally explained to her that he did still believe his
father\'s death wasn\'t an accident but had accepted it. If he could find out the
truth, he would. While walking out of the restaurant, a limo pulled up. It was

Guthrie. Guthrie expressed his feeling for Trask by telling him to get out of
town. There was nothing seriously threatening about it, but the two felt
threatened. 3 Alexa and Trask went back to the hotel to talk things through.

Deciding to work together, the two shared and analyzed the information they had
compiled. Trask now knew that Alexa\'s father had nothing to do with the murder
but instead blamed Guthrie. Alexa wasn\'t so quick to blame Guthrie. She had
found evidence leading to Webster Bell. He was the man who owned the Dimensions

Institute. She had just recently discovered that the business deal was one
supporting Bell\'s Institute. She was also good friend\'s with Webster Bell\'s
sister, Joanna. Joanna had been acting weird since Trask had returned home.

Alexa headed home that night with a lot on her mind, and she was still up when
the phone rang at 2:30. She contemplated answering the phone but decided to. It
might have been Trask. The voice on the other end was raspy and harsh. It warned
her to stay away from Trask. The next morning, Alexa and Joanna finished their
tea and got ready to open their shops. They each owned a little shop in the

Avalon Mall. Alexa told Joanna about her dinner with Trask and about the late
night calls. She skipped a few details about the plans to work together and
solve the problem she and Trask had encountered. A few days went by. Alexa and

Trask decided to have dinner