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The Unforgiven

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  218 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
She swore she was innocent.Maggie Fraser has tried to forget. The body of the man she loved. The blood seeping into the snow. The scandalous murder trial. The twelve agonizing years in prison for a crime she did not commit. But now Maggie is free -- and ready to start a new life. Alone. Unknown. On a quiet island off the coast of New England, she accepts a job with the loc ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published November 29th 2005 by Pocket Star Books (first published 1981)
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Laura
A quite predictable plot with some naive characters.

2* Secret Admirer
2* The Unforgiven
Lee
May 24, 2012 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Edgar Award-nominated debut was well deserved. A suspenseful psychological thriller, with it's share of gruesome effects. For a thirty year old novel, debut or not by a young author...it was one of those fast can't-put-down reads. I will be looking for some of her other novels.
Naomi
May 27, 2014 Naomi rated it it was ok
Shelves: summer-2014
Read in one day, not a complete waste of time but not credible either - insufficient exploration of the effect of prison on the recently-freed main character, and an unrealistically speedy love affair. But some pretty descriptions to make it all bearable. Despite the lack of depth I did find myself affected by the trials and tribulations of a new girl in a small town. Found for $1 and thought I might as well try it, but I would not go out of my way for this one.
Justine
Feb 04, 2015 Justine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C'est le premier livre que j'ai lu de cette auteure et celui ci a été un réel coup de coeur.
Un gros suspens du début à la fin, des doutes, de la peur, des drames, de l'amour. Quelle belle histoire !
Les personnages sont attachants et les lieux ont vraiment été bien choisis, cela donne un charme et aussi le côté un peu oppressant.
Je ne connaissais pas l'auteure mais ce roman m'a donné envie de la lire !
Justine
Feb 04, 2015 Justine rated it it was amazing
C'est le premier livre de cette auteure que j'ai lu et celui ci à été un gros coup de coeur.
Une intrigue bien trouvée, bien menée avec ce qu'il faut de drame, d'amour, de suspens et de peur.
J'ai bien aimé les personnages. Les lieux ont été bien choisi, ils donnent ce côté oppressant.
Il y a peut être quelques longueurs et le suspens n'est pas complet mais c'est un moment agréable de lecture.
Rui Monteiro
Nov 05, 2014 Rui Monteiro rated it it was ok
Patricia MacDonald tentou criar um livro de puro mistério e drama, mas não consigo surpreender-me de todo. Achei o livro muito fraco e com uma história previsível. Além do mais, os momentos "policiais" são tudo menos policiais.
Tenho receio de ler outras duas obras dela que tenho em cima da secretária.
Dixie
Sep 18, 2014 Dixie rated it really liked it
Good thriller.
Timothy
Dec 30, 2010 Timothy rated it it was ok
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Jennifer Hodges Young
Maggie gets out of jail after spending twelve years there for the murder of her lover. She is so beaten down that she can barley function in her daily life. This is the main character of The Unforgiven. This was an okay book I figured out who was trying to kill Maggie pretty early in the story so spent most of the book wondering why no one else could not make the connection. The book was predictable and a little to long for it.
It is not a bad story otherwise.

Krissa33
Jan 30, 2016 Krissa33 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Je ne me lasse jamais de Patricia Highsmith...
Kristi
Oct 19, 2010 Kristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This poor jail very young for a murder she didn't commit and after 12 years she tries to get bask the life the should be able to have. But there are some very twisted people in this worls that just won't cut her any slack! You will be a little spooked and a lot shocked 3/4 quarters of the way through this book as I was. Enjoy I know I did
Barbarac
Every single character was incredibly unlikeable. Are all New Englanders this nasty?
I didn't care for anybody, really. And the plot was all given away too early in the book.
Christine
Dec 11, 2008 Christine rated it it was amazing
This thriller reminds me a bit of Laird Koenig's "The Little Girl who lives down the Lane".
Great atmosphere on an island close to the New England coast.
Susan Michelin
I read this book over twenty years ago and I still vividly remember it. It was great...in fact, I think it's time to read it again.
Lisa Greer
Jan 11, 2008 Lisa Greer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
This is the earliest and best novel by MacDonald. It's very dark with good characterization.
Jeannie Lewis
Dec 26, 2012 Jeannie Lewis rated it it was ok
The main character was too weak and fragile. Very frustrated with this character.
Graham
Jan 08, 2011 Graham rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Pretty standard suspense fodder. It was a good read, if predictable.

Gwen
Jul 28, 2012 Gwen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un de mes préférés de cet auteur
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Patricia MacDonald is the author of several psychological suspense novels set in small towns. MacDonald grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and has a master's degree from Boston College. Before writing her own novels she was a book editor and was once an editor for a soap opera magazine in New York. She is marri
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