“It wasn’t the middle of the night phone call that everyone dreads. It was a middle of the day phone call that nobody expects…“I just got a call from a detective. Daddy’s dead.” And when that crestfallen conversation with my brother came to an end, so did my tranquil way of life. When I rushed out of Roanoke, Virginia and arrived at the family home in Brooklyn, New York, I never imagined the scene I discovered, nor the acts of betrayal I encountered. The more I sought answers about my dad’s mysterious death, the more my suspicions became aroused concerning my father’s ex-girlfriend. I couldn’t believe how oblivious so many people had been, and continued to be, to the wily ways of that con artist. Inheriting dad’s scheming sociopath became a journey I never imagined I’d be forced to travel.” — Marie DeLuca Written as memoir, and based on a true story, "Fractured Facade" is a cautionary tale for anyone concerned about an elderly parent who has lost their spouse. In an effort to combat their depression and seek comfort, the surviving spouse may find themselves thrust into an unfamiliar dating world, one quite different from the era of their youth, and sometimes one where cunning people create facades to mask their true intentions. Sadly, loneliness can cause an otherwise intelligent person to behave foolishly. So does anger. I hope folks will learn from my mistakes so they don’t make them. "Fractured Facade" is the tale of a father’s death, a daughter’s life, and a sociopath’s vendetta. Please be aware some may find language they deem inappropriate…having lived through this tale, I don’t.