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Man and Wife

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  170 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Cal Bradley's marriage is the stuff of romance. For fifteen years, he has shared his life with Marie, a woman he passionately adores. In an idyllic corner of New England that has been home to his family for generations, Cal has become one of the most respected men in town: a father, churchgoer and a talented psychiatrist who runs a family clinic. Life is good.

Then one nigh
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 20th 2003 by Forge Books (first published 1902)
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Sofia Oliveira
Este foi, sem dúvida, dos piores livros que li este ano! Algo triste de se dizer tendo em conta que hoje é o Dia Mundial do Livro!!

Ainda assim, dou-lhe 2 estrelas pela descrição dos pensamentos do psicanalista, protagonista do livro, que muito queridos me foram, particularmente quando este dá uso à minha adorada psicologia para compreender os devaneios do seu paciente (que, saliente-se, é o único que aparece em todo o livro quando o protagonista gere uma clínica inteira, descrita como, bastante
Nick Sheridan
Review originally written for and posted at Crap Looking Books.

If someone is so loathe to talk to you about their dark past, you shouldn't be so surprised when you hear about their dark past.

Well my very first impression of Andrew Klavan's Man and Wife was wrong: the cover was not an inconsequential image, but a depiction of a locale that was used extensively in the book. Yet it had no real specific weighted prominence as a site and was only a place where things happened to happen. It is such a

Once I read a wonderful little synopsis of the dramatic differences between Shakespeare and Chekhov. Although I can't lay my hands on the exact source, it essentially said that when the Bard's characters reach the end of the proverbial rope, they intone something like, "To be or not to be," while in the same situation Chekhov's creations murmur, "My, I think it's time for tea." That strikes me as a perfect continuum on which to situate a narrative's action: Where does a
Alright ..having read the cover with promised a pyschological thriller i was excited to read this novel and find out what was going on and yes it was suspenseful..made me finish it as soon as I could so I loved this book for the page turning aspect but didnt really like the ending, the character development of the wife in the novel and the religious slant to the Peter character..Okay so in a small town there is little crime and everyone knows everyone and is relatively happy a usually quiet nine ...more
Lake Oz Fic Chick
Psychiatrist Cal Bradley lives a seemingly perfect life in a small New England town with his gentle wife Marie and his two good kids. His life changes, however, when he meets Peter Blue, a troubled teenager jailed for setting a church on fire and assaulting a police officer. The boy, who claims to have conversations with God, has an otherworldly air that affects even the local priest. As Peter reveals his bizarre inner world to Cal, the psychiatrist’s own world begins to unravel. Who is the myst ...more
Michael Twist
Klaven intrigues with an interesting narrative voice and premise. Several chapters in the first half end in such a way that you gulp the beginning of the next chapter like a pearl diver surfacing for air, but the end is a bit flat and I felt that a great deal of potential (Peter and whatever makes him special) was left untapped. Still, an entertaining read.
Jan 22, 2010 Kent rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults who like hitchcock
This is another book in Klavan's typical style which I enjoy thoroughly: "innocent" but flawed male, trying to do the right thing, until one or more person whom he loves messes up the "utopia-lite" he has created in his little corner of the world, until it is time to decide how much to bend the rules to achieve safety. How unethical can one become when those we love must face the enormous consequences of their actions? We see many "good" Klavan characters can do some pretty nasty things.

A few t
Fast moving mystery
This book was full of suspense and I somehow knew it couldn't have a really happy ending. A psychiatriest is married to his wife of fifteen years and completely in love with her and his family of three children. Then he takes on a new patient and begins to learn things that will shatter his world. I couldn't put it down until I had finished it. Like most books for me, especially mysteries, I was a tad disappointed in the ending, but maybe only because it did end!
This is a hard book to describe but it is a good one. From the first word, the pages just turn themselves. It's a perfect book for a rainy Sunday afternoon. Cal Bradley has the most wonderful marriage and wife so when doubt creeps in, he doesn't believe it - the first time or the second time or even the third time.
this book... the idea was cool. I liked that. so much happened...but nothing really seemed to happen at all for some reason. it started REALLY slow and then at the end everything happened in one breath. this story could've been so much better. he could've done amazing things with it. but. I liked it for what it was.
Joe O'c
Very Good; Psychiatrist is torn when a young patient he is assisting is accused of murdering a thug - and he knows his wife pulled the trigger after being threatened by the man.
Lisa Greer
This is good stuff. I'll be reading more by this author. I can hardly put it down over halfway through... if you like psychological thrillers, you will like this one.
It's not often I am surprised by original story lines, but here is one. This is certainly not the same old, same old. It's also very good.
Lynn Kearney
OK but not as good as the one Andrew Klavan book I read years ago - name escapes me - which keeps me coming back to this author.
If a book can be intriguing but highly predictable at the same time, I guess this would be it.
Psychologist treats teenage boy while wife's past life resurfaces.
Dec 17, 2012 Lisa marked it as to-read
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interesting, but not spectacular.
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