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3.47  ·  Rating Details  ·  227 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
A gripping psychological thriller about a holiday home invasion.

A team of career criminals plans to rob a secluded country house in Waterbury, Connecticut over the holidays while the famous owner is away visiting relatives. But volatile relationships within this brilliant family lead to a last minute change in plans, and three generations convene in Waterbury instead. When
ebook, 280 pages
Published October 18th 2011 (first published October 1st 2011)
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aus dem Buch hätte wirklich ein guter Thriller werden können, auch vom klappentext hatte es mich sehr angesprochen. Aber leider wurde das durch zu viele Gedanken der Personen im Keim erstickt. Es ist kaum Spannung aufgetreten, die Personen waren fast alle super doof und nervig (ausser ein paar wenige) und mit der Geschichte an sich bin ich auch nicht warm geworden. Man sagt zwar weniger ist mehr aber dem Buch hätten 100 Seiten mehr,mit weniger Gedanken und mehr Aktion viel besser getan. Vielleic ...more
Sabine Kettschau
Thanksgiving steht bevor und die ganze Familie trifft sich ausnahmsweise bei der einst berühmten Fiona Carson in ihrem Haus, in dem sie nach wie vor wie eine Königin residiert. Eigentlich sollte die ganze Familie sich bei May, ihrer Tochter und ihrer Familie treffen, doch bestimmte Dinge haben May dazu gebracht, die gesamte Planung über den Haufen zu schmeißen und sich ohne ihren Mann Charlie, nur mit ihrer kleinen Tochter Juliana auf den Weg zu ihrer Mutter zu machen. Am nächsten Tag sol
Sep 03, 2015 Ariane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Von mir bekommt dieser Thriller leider nur 2 Sterne. Eigentlich habe ich mir einen kurzen spannenden Thriller für Zwischendurch erwartet, aber leider wurden am Ende sogar die nur 220 Seiten zu lang... Die Idee für die Geschichte war gut, aber die Umsetzung war nur lahm. Totaler Durschnitt ohne wirkliche Spannung, besonders am Ende. Und die Charaktere waren teilweise so unsympathisch und haben mich mit ihrem Verhalten nur genervt... schade!
Nov 12, 2014 Aurora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es ist zwar ein ganz nettes Buch für Zwischendurch und die Idee gefällt mir auch sehr gut, aber leider hat es mir etwas an Spannung gefehlt. Die Handlung war mir persönlich etwas zu geradlinig, auch wenn es zwischendurch immer mal wieder Passagen mit Wendungen gab, die aber irgendwie für mein Empfinden kaum ins Gewicht fielen. Ganz anders der Schluss: Der war einfach nur schockierend und absolut nicht vorhersehbar! Was ich wiederum aber sehr gut fand, war, dass man aus der Sicht von jedem Charak ...more
Mar 16, 2016 Kaisu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ich hatte das Gefühl eine sitcom zu sehen, wo einer schräger als der andere is. Sieht mans mit HUmor, kann mans lesen, ansonsten Finger weg!
Tim McWhorter
Decent book. There are times in this book where the author gets too overdramatic for my tastes and I found myself skimming through paragraphs at times. It seems like the author is trying to keep a balance between the action and the exposition, but at times, there's just too much of the latter for me and I can't believe so many pages have gone by with nothing happening. Still a good book, though. 3 stars.
Lindsay Allen
Aug 17, 2013 Lindsay Allen rated it really liked it
Once again, a quick, suspenseful read!

If you like TV shows like Criminal Minds, you will like this author. She writes with a LOT of detail that I sometimes think is unnecessary but it really places you in the scene. This story takes place around Thanksgiving and will make you grateful that your family holiday drama is not at all like this story. HAHA!
May 24, 2012 Laurie rated it it was ok
I was extremely disappointed with the ending of this book!!!! It left me with more questions than answers and it seemed totally out of sync with the story. The start of the book was interesting and I was drawn to the characters in the story and that is why the ending threw me. It may appeal to others but it really wasn't a book I would recommend.
Sheila Beaumont
Riveting psychological thriller, in which a psychopath and his protege invade the home of a famous writer and her family on Thanksgiving. I couldn't stop reading this last night until I found out how it ended! This is the second of this author's books I've read, and I'll definitely read more.
Dennis Cook
Aug 27, 2012 Dennis Cook rated it really liked it
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This is the 5 th Katia Lief book I have read and this does not dissapoint. Katia Lief keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat with numerous twists in the plot.
Her characters are well developed and you either love or hate them.
I am about to read another of hers Love, Sex and the wrong bride.
Jul 09, 2013 Colleen rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It was a very intense read that kept you into the story. The ending was what I didn't like. You are excited that they got to the point they did and felt that everyone would be ok. But then an errant shot that didn't need to be shot, ends one of their lives.
Nicole Caicedo
Sep 12, 2013 Nicole Caicedo rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book and how she viewed the situation through everyone's eyes. It really makes you connect with each character. This was the first novel I had ever read from Katia Lief and it's the one that got me hooked to her work. I 100% recommend this book.
Mary Sweeney
May 16, 2015 Mary Sweeney rated it liked it
An exciting story of suspense and intrigue as two robbers attempt to rob a home which they believe has been vacated for the holiday, but find themselves with very resourceful people who thwart their plans.
Jul 20, 2012 Sara rated it it was ok
I have loved all of the Katia Lief books I have read except this one!!I just couldnt get into it and found it dull and boring and the ending was awful.
Lynn Demsky
Feb 01, 2012 Lynn Demsky rated it really liked it
Was an interesting story, plot and characters. Was only disapointed because in the end you didn't really know if the daughter did it or not!
Apr 19, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it
This works well as a crime novel but is so much more. The insight into family dynamics is brilliant.
May 18, 2012 Carolyn rated it liked it
It was a good quick read book. Nothing too special about it, and I didn't quite care for the ending...
Feb 17, 2013 Mitzi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as her other suspsense novels, but decent. Didn't care for the ending though.
Angel Mata
Sep 11, 2012 Angel Mata rated it did not like it
Would not recommend this book. Terrible ending, very disturbing.
Terri Spelich
Jul 09, 2012 Terri Spelich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good book, nothing spectacular, but not awful.
Jun 14, 2013 Courtnei rated it really liked it
I love this author's style of writing. Great story!
May 05, 2013 Michele rated it liked it
A shiver-me-timbers read with an Alfred Hitchcock ending.
Jan 01, 2013 Jenna rated it it was amazing
Really creepy!!! I liked it a lot until the end.
Cassandra Priest
Sep 07, 2012 Cassandra Priest rated it it was amazing
More of the same, enjoyed.
Feb 01, 2012 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Great thriller
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