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Looking for Peyton Place

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For Annie Barnes, going home to Middle River means dealing with truths long hidden, some of which she buried there herself. But it is a journey she knows she must take if she is to put to rest, once and for all, her misgivings about her mother's recent death.To an outsider, Middle River is a picture-perfect New Hampshire town. But Annie grew up there, and she knows all its ...more
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published July 12th 2005 by Scribner Book Company
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valee
Jan 22, 2016 valee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While the ending was really good and sumed up everything just perfectly, It took me forever to really get hooked.I had to close the book every now and then to do other things because mostly I got bored. IMHO it was just too similar to many movies out there.

The romance between the main characters was predictable and slow, almost not there at all. There was no mystery at all, as I knew how everything would work out at the end since the beginning. Although I did get to appreciate the characters onc
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Christianne
Jan 12, 2012 Christianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again not what I expected really. The romance in this novel was really mild but the main plot was amazing. It was very educational and it was really a good turn of events.

Annie came back to Middle River to know what really happen to her Mother and what's happening to her sister. What starts of as a personal goal turns out to be something more serious when people around town shows symptoms same as her mothers.

I actually admire her for taking on that big task. I mean even if she knows that peo
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Lyndsay
Jun 01, 2012 Lyndsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
I actually first read Looking for Peyton Place several years ago. I had just finished reading my latest book on the beach, and my mom had what was Barbara Delinsky's latest novel in her bag. I had never read (or heard of) Delinsky before, but it was the middle of a summer afternoon on the beach and I was looking for something to read so I started it.

It turned out to be one of my favorite books, and I've actually read it more than once. I was instantly drawn into the story by Delinsky's incredibl
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Mom2jngncna~ Stephannie
Jul 12, 2012 Mom2jngncna~ Stephannie rated it it was amazing
So my average book review basically consists of a thumbs up or down. I don't like to go too indepth, as I don't want to accidently give away enough that someone else finds it to now be "ruined" by a spoiler.
This was a fantastic book. I know it's fiction, but isn't there a little truth behind most fiction? To a degree Barbara Delinsky hits on why my mother so passionatly attended town meetings, and informal protests on why they shouldn't turn some of our rural farmland into a dump. I loved the p
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Theresa
May 10, 2010 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Writer Annie Barnes returnes to her hometown of Middle River after her mothers funeral looking for answers about her mothers death. Annie is working against time to solve the mystery of her mothers death to save her sister who has the same symptoms along with other people in town. Peyton Place and Middle River are much alike in there small town life as secrets come out. Wonderful story that drew me into the life of Middle River and kept me turning the pages when I should have been turning out th ...more
Beth Pearson
A story about small town New Hampshire and the worry that is caused when a native, published author comes back to town. Is she going to write an expose about their town and reveal all the secret affairs, drug use, and whatever else people have hiding in their lives? Annie insists she is only there to find out why her mother died so young and what she can do to keep her sister from the same fate. Rumors persist however, and it's small town cliques and characters at their best.

In the course of th
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Diane
Apr 10, 2010 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Grace Metalious is Annie Barnes' imaginery friend and mentor as she grows up in Middle River, NH. Interesting parallels are revealed as Annie becomes a best-selling novelist and begins to question the practices of the local paper mill. Annie begins an investigation into the causes of mercury poisoning in her family and other townpeople, stirring up a hornets' nest. A love, story, a family saga, and expert story-telling makes this a wonderful read.
Judith
Jun 06, 2015 Judith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Peyton Place. It was the first shocking book I read. When I saw the title of this book I had to read it. It was not so good.

The townspeople distrust Annie for no reason except that she was a fan of Grace Metalious when she was growing up. The author could have come up with better. She's back to look into her mother's death from a fall due to poor balance. Out of thin air, Annie decides it's not really Parkinson's that her mother had, but mercury poisoning, and that it must be the mill th
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Ruth
Feb 19, 2016 Ruth rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
I can't remember what made me want to read Peyton Place, but I thought this would be an interesting read after enjoying its namesake. Not the case; the narrator annoyed me and seemed to have a huge chip on her shoulder. In the end, it seemed to be a cheap ploy to gain readership.
K.N. Timofeev
The premise of this book is pretty interesting and I do love a good mystery. What makes this book even more interesting is that Peyton Place is actually a book. It was written in the fifties, so well ahead of my time, and it was ground breaking for the day. I like how the main character, Annie, is a writer but doesn't seem to think that it's that big of a deal. When her mother dies mysteriously she goes to investigate and everyone in town is afraid that she's there to write about them. Now I kno ...more
Joanne
Mar 24, 2015 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2014
When I was young, my mother would watch Peyton Place once I was in bed. I wasn’t quite sure what the show was about, but my mother was engaged and I knew it was for adults only.

Years later I finally got to see the movie and then read the book. In today’s world the scandals of Peyton Place seem light, but in the 1950s it was too much.

Delinsky’s book is reminiscent of the original storyline and there are similarities in the small New Hampshire town of Middle River. There are secret relationships
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Mary
May 14, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
For Annie Barnes, going back to her hometown of Middle River, New Hampshire, meant facing truths long buried in the past; some of which she had buried herself. But it is a journey that she knows she must make, if she is ever to put to rest, once and for all, her misgivings about her mother's recent death.

To the outsider, Middle River is a picture-perfect New Hampshire town. But not to Annie Barnes. She grew up there and knows all its secrets; as did her idol Grace Metalious - author of the shock
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Sheila
Aug 22, 2011 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book I have read by this author. An easy read tells the story of a successful novelist who returns to her home town to discover the real reason for her mother's death. The main character, Annie, felt like an outsider during her entire time growing up in the small town. She has no friends and considered herself as ugly. She left town and became a beautiful sucessful woman. She suspects her mother died from toxic poisoning from the town mill and is determined to find the proof of her suspici ...more
Louise
Apr 08, 2009 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Wow! What a story!!!! You HAVE to read this one for sure!!

From back cover:

"For Annie Barnes, going home to Middle River means dealing with truths long hidden, some of which she buried there herself. But it is a journey she knows she must take if she is to put to rest, once and for all, her misgivings about her mother's recent death.

To an outsider, Middle River is a picture-perfect New Hampshire town. But Annie grew up there, and she knows all its secrets-as did her idol Grace Metalious, author o
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Becky
Oct 30, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Annie Barnes goes home to Middle River to find out exactly what her mother died of, why her sister is sick, and also so many of the towns people. Grace Metalious, the author of "Peyton Place", also new of the secrets of this town and wrote the book with many in mind. Now Annie is a best selling author and is giving the town something to worry about. That maybe Annie has come back to tell the rest of the secrets of the town. The town is run by the Meade family with the large mill there. Annie has ...more
Rachel Brand
I'm afraid I didn't enjoy this as much as other Barbara Delinsky novels. It was mainly written in first-person POV from one of the most arrogant, self-assured main characters I've ever known, yet I still never felt like I got to know her properly. Barbara Delinsky has written some wonderful novels in third-person POV and I just don't think she can pull off first-person, it isn't in keeping with her style. And while the mystery was pretty interesting - although perhaps a bit too similar to the mo ...more
Vicki
Mar 27, 2013 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Barbara Delinsky's tribute to Peyton's Place author Grace Metalious. Peyton Place was nothing less than a bombshell of a book at the time of its publication in 1956. As film director John Waters put it, Peyton Place was "the first dirty book the baby-boom generation ever read: the "shocker" they never got over." But Peyton Place was much more than just its notorious reputation as a "dirty" book. It was a revolution. Writers like Barbara Delinsky are finding new ...more
Kathy Maher
Jul 27, 2015 Kathy Maher rated it really liked it
This was a very predictable book. Annie goes back to her hometown to find out if the mull run by the Meade family is the true cause of her mother's death and her sisters sickness while they're the town despises her and everyone turns away from her but she continues on her quest. She ends up falling in love and finding the cause of many of the illnesses from the town and the towns people and up liking her and seeing the good that she did do
Therese B
Mar 13, 2016 Therese B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always a good book by Delinsky. This is about a town in New Hsmpshire that is sure they are the Peyton Place that was written years ago and fear more authors revealing their secrets. The town is run by the paper mills owner and family but soon find that they can't hide a terrible secret.
Kaye
May 24, 2012 Kaye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have decided that Delinsky is the perfect author to listen to while working on my yard. There are compelling and rich characters but the plot moves slowly so if your mind wanders for a moment you haven't missed much. In this novel Annie famed author who returns to her small, New England, hometown for a visit after her mothers death. She is greeted with suspicion because everyone doesn't want to be the subject of one her books including her own family. The reference to Peyton Place is Annie has ...more
Crystal
While not one of Dellinsky's best(IMHO) still, a small town girl goes to the big city, writes about her hometown and how petty things are there and comes come to not quite a welcome party. Strong main character and a modern twist on an old theme.
Rita
Dec 07, 2015 Rita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting, reading about the town that was supposed to be PP after so many years. Also, the fight against the local paper mill, or similar, is probably going on in more places than we think. What are we doing to our world?
Kaylene
Jul 27, 2015 Kaylene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kaylene by: Mom
This isn't usually the type of book I read but totally worth it! Loved the characters and how everyone meshed together so well. I was really rooting for James and Annie the very second they were introduced. Will read more by this author!
Linda
Aug 05, 2014 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A successful novelist who identifies with Grace Metalious, author of Peyton Place, returns to her hometown in New Hampshire after the death of her mother and uncovers a life-changing secret that affects the entire community. Not my favorite by Barbara Delinsky, but it made me curious about Peyton Place.
Stephanie Lee
Mar 30, 2016 Stephanie Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to give it 3.5 stars, so rounded up to four. Someone brought this book into my work for me. I probably wouldn't have picked it out for myself but I did enjoy it. Small towns and their secrets.....
Vanessa Funk
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Lori Seay
Apr 29, 2014 Lori Seay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am almost finished with this book - I've been listening to it in my car. It is a very good book, some intrigue and a great family drama.
bookczuk
I actually listened to this on audio book this fall. Light fare, but interesting in it's own right. (Though if Annie is so smart, why'd it take her so long to figure out who "True Blue" is?!) I was interested in the bits about Peyton Place (which I haven't read, but might now do so), about Mercury poisoning (which a family member of mine had), and a few other bits and pieces. I rolled my eyes at the sex scenes, because it's not what I want to hear when on the highway or stopped at a red light wi ...more
Trudy
Barbara Delinsky is an excellent storyteller, and Looking for Peyton Place is one of her best.
K
May 29, 2015 K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a little bit too predictable, but I enjoyed the story nonetheless. I grew up on Peyton Place, so this was a nice modern take on a classic, but not even close to the high bar that the original set.
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I was born and raised in suburban Boston. My mother’s death, when I was eight, was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary. I took piano lessons and flute lessons. I took ballroom dancing lessons. I went to summer camp through my fifteenth year (in Maine, which explains the setting of so many of my stories), then spent my sixteenth summer learning to type and to drive (two sk ...more
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