Haarlem, Holland, seventeenth century: The city’s chief magistrate commissions a family portrait from Dutch master painter Johannes Miereveld. But when the artist sees the magistrate’s daughter, Amalia, an illicit love affair begins, and Miereveld creates a captivating masterpiece, The Chrysalis.

New York, present day: Mara Coyne is one high-profile case away from making partner at her powerful Manhattan law firm, and now the client that is sure to seal the deal has fallen into her lap. The prestigious Beazley’s auction house is about to sell a lost masterwork, The Chrysalis, in an auction that is destined to become legendary. Standing in the way, however, is the shocking accusation that the painting belongs not to Beazley’s client but to Hilda Baum, the daughter of a Dutch collector who lost his paintings–and his life–to the Nazis.

Spanning centuries and continents, THE CHRYSALIS is a brilliant, intelligent, fast-paced thriller that melds art and history into a provocative work of fiction. Heather Terrell has created a fascinating story that will entrance listeners to the very last word.
Advance praise for The Chrysalis

“Quick, sure images, tight storytelling, solid suspense. A tense and vivid tale.”
–Steve Berry, author of The Alexandria Link

“Fascinating history and assured storytelling make The Chrysalis one of those rare thrillers that both entertain and intrigue. This is a terrific debut!”
–Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Mephisto Club

“Flemish art, Nazi skullduggery, and American money–in The Chrysalis, Heather Terrell follows the path of a famous painting through an important period of history that must not be forgotten, and interweaves the stories of three centuries into a dark cocoon of intrigue and suspense.”
–Katherine Neville, New York Times bestselling author of The Eight

“Only someone who feels a real love for art and the power of justice could have written a book like this.”
–Javier Sierra, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Supper


From the Hardcover edition.