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Fern Michaels
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About Face

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  1,036 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
When Dr. Blake Hunter discovers Casey Edwards wandering along a Sweetwater, Georgia road, she's a woman without a past, her memory stripped of the terrifying events that shattered her innocence a decade ago. The scrap of paper she clutches in her hand bears the address to Swan House, the magnificent mansion where Casey's mother lives with her mysteriously ailing husband. B ...more
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Published April 1st 2003 by Turtleback Books (first published 2003)
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This is a very powerful read from Fern Michaels which I thoroughly enjoyed as it kept my attention from start to finish.

Its not your usual chic lit, its got suspense, mystery and will keep you wondering throughout its many pages.
I saw a different style to this authors writing in this book, it was verging on the thriller type of read.

It starts off with something happening, but quite what, you just don't get to the exact bottom of it.

Then Casey is in a mental institution after being found wander
Mar 17, 2011 Brandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, books-i-own
A very good fast read. It had a lot of twist and turns, and the stuff Casey went through as a girl and then 10 years later having to remember and relive it all over again... it just broke my heart for her and every child that has their childhood taken away, because of sick, greedy, selfish people. Now, onto something a little more lighthearted. :)
3.5 stars

I've received this novel via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This novel was filed under Women's Fiction/ Literary Fiction category in Netgalley, but it's a mystery/thriller.

The main protagonist is Casey Edwards, who's spent 10 years locked up in a mental institution. She's got a usual case of total amnesia. One comes across amnesia in soap operas and books relatively often, as it adds to the drama. But the thing is, amnesia, especially total amnesia is extremely rare. So I
Jun 14, 2015 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all I love Fern Michaels so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it. She did not disappoint. This is an emotionally charged story with so many twists and turns that you might find your head spinning. As emotional as it is I found myself trying to catch my own breath. The sweetness between Blake and Casey though is just that, sweet. This book doesn't need much of a review other than this: You will find yourself so caught up in this story you could be a part of it!

I received this as
Heather Victoria
Mar 12, 2011 Heather Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Oh wow!!! I have been trying for about 3 years to remember the name and author of this book! It stayed on my mind for so long because it was so good!!!! Ill never forget it.
I have read most of Fern Michaels books, and, believe me, this is unlike the others. This is the story of Casey Edwards. At the start, Casey, who suffers from long-term amnesia, has just been released from a mental institution/hospital, where she has been a patient for the past ten years. She returns to Swan House, where her mother and her stepfather live. Casey begins a journey to regain her memory and to figure out what happened ten years before to send her to the mental hospital. The story is ...more
This is my 2nd read by Fern Michaels. I really like her standalone novels and this is no exception except the end of the novel fell flat for me. This novel was a page turner for me (even though I listened to it on audio). I simply couldn't wait to find out what was behind the lost memories of the main character (Casey Edwards) who simply could not remember most of her life as she was put in an asylum at a very early age and was kept well drugged so she wouldn't remember anything about her life. ...more
Dec 29, 2015 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So for awhile I've been trying to remember the name of a book but all I remembered was glass in the lotion. I suspected Michaels was the author but without more to go on couldn't pick out the book. Pure luck put this on top of my to read pile of all my books I pulled out of storage and am now trying desperately to weed through before the next time i move. This book started off really strong and had plenty of red herrings but overall was a real disappointment. There's all this mystery and buildup ...more
Jul 10, 2015 Artemiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2015
About Face by Fern Michaels is an really interesting criminal mystery.

The story starts with Casey, who is engaged to be married, is visiting her family-to-be, who really do not want her in their family and her fiance does not want to wait till wedding any more. And she has a stepbrother Ronnie who has taken liberties with her for last nine years and now she has had enough and tomorrow will be her last day in that house, afraid of her mother Eve and her stepbrother. She will leave, will start a n
She would make a plan. Tomorrow she would decide what she would do with…the rest of her life. For Casey Edwards…that day went terribly wrong

You gotta love those strong starts in a read and it is always a little disappointing when it goes downhill from there. Casey Edwards an 18 year old girl that despite the abuse that she suffers from her mother and step brother lives in hope for a better day. Right away you get a feel for what she is going thru and cheering her on to get out of Dodge. Or in t
Linda C
Casey Edwards is released from Sanctuary, a mental institution, after 10 years with no memory of what happened before the institution. She has an address that directs her to Swan House where her Mother, Evie is now living with her second husband, John. Flora, the housekeeper, and Casey's sometimes babysitter when she was a child, takes her under her wing. As Casey begins to get flashes of memory and tries to find out what trauma she sustained and why she can't remember, she begins working with D ...more
Lisa M.  Gott
I had the hardest time with this book. On many levels. For starters, the first quarter of the book could have done well from several more passes by an editor. The narrative was quite confusing. While I understand that portraying amnesia is a difficult task, others have done an incredible job. I also had quite a problem with how she so (unnecessarily) provided graphic (and disgusting) details of abuse. And to top it all off, the ending left everything to be desired. It left you with a big, unfill ...more
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This was just ok for me. I had a hard time following the story due to the writing style. It skipped around from one person to another without and real segue to the next section. At one point, all of a sudden someone shows up about halfway through that I had not heard of before. A lot of things happen really quickly at the end and if you are not careful, you may lose track of what's going on.

Casey has been released from a mental hospital a
Alice Harbin
May 19, 2014 Alice Harbin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The style of writing this mystery confused me. It is not so unusual for an author to jump from one time frame to another, but she jumped from one character to another, using first names and then last names, so I had to stop and go back to confirm which character she was referring to. After a while of course, this didn't matter. I think the author was trying to make the reader feel as confused as the main character, Casey, was. It was a nice trick.

The plot certainly was complex, keeping me readi
Debbie Krenzer
I really liked this book. There were a lot of secrets going on. Casey held the key to most of them but she'd been in a mental institution for 10 years and remembers nothing. Not how she got there, who put her there or even what happened to put her there. The whole story is about what happened one night 10 years ago. Well, there are some other stories going on, but this is the main focus.

I have to say, I did not want to put this down. I had 1 1/2 hours to go and had to put it down. Grrrr. But I
Nov 13, 2010 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Casey Edwards is released from the mental hospital and left to find her own way to her mother's home. Dr Blake Hunter, a handsome family friend, helps her while it looks like the other residents of Sweetwater just shun her.

Casey can not remember her past and tries to piece it together one step at a time. But there are others who wish her not to remember a thing. Casey is nearly run over. She tries to find court documents which either have disappeared or aren't there. Will Casey remember before s
Sep 03, 2015 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have never been inspired enough to write a review on here before, but my god, did this book really get me there. It. Was. Atrocious. The character development was flimsy, the main character's weak reliance on a man disgusting, and the over the top-descriptions of explicit acts and abuse overdone.
Not only was the writing in itself terrible, but there were way too many characters and intersecting plots. It was utterly unbelievable, ridiculous, and frankly just trash. I could go on for days abou
Angel Hatfield
Jul 28, 2015 Angel Hatfield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, reviews
Great Story, Great Characters **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**Casey Edwards had been institutionalized for 10 years. She had no memory at all. Blake is a doctor. He said she was a unique case. He gave her a ride to Swan House where she was to live with her parents. Adam was her step-brother. Adam and Blake were friends. They had been since childhood. Blake wanted to help Casey regain her memory. Casey had no memory of what happened 10 years before. As time wen ...more
Jun 29, 2015 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emotionally Charged!
This is an emotionally charged book. The twists, turns and tension continue to build throughout the entire book. At times you can’t put it down because if you do, your mind won’t stop cheering and wanting to plot ways to help the characters. A bit of a surprise at the end. Of course it is well written and fast paced. Worth noting is that the book contains molestation of a child in fairly graphic details. This is a bit heavy and deep—not a summer beach read. Enjoy! NetGalley a
Jun 24, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Casey Edwards has spent the last decade institutionalized with no memory of why she belongs there. Now released and free of the fogging drugs, she can focus on remembering her past. Very few people seem to want her around and most are unwilling to help her. Even Casey's mother appears to dislike her.

Blake finds Casey walking on the side of the road. He is interested in her story and in helping her find the truth. Blake and Casey must be careful, there is more than one secret lurking in the shad
Jul 13, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of About Face from NetGalley for an honest review so this is the review.
This book was a remake of one that was done a number of years ago so as I was reading it I kept thinking I had read it before but was not totally sure so that was driving me nuts throughout the entire book when I would hit moments where I felt I had read that exact thing before.
Now for this story it was pretty good. It had a good plot but in some spots it did seem to drag on a bit for me. I also enjoyed th
Leslie Mesmer
Oct 03, 2012 Leslie Mesmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book moved along slowly but in a good way.
The author took the time to build the characters and the suspense a little at a time so you could get to know them.
Although halfway through you knew the main killer it's the other background players that take you by suprise!!
Worth the read.
The story is about a woman who spends 10 years in an asylum for killing her step brother. She has No memory of her life. Unexpectedly released, she goes home and tries to find out why she was in the asylum a
Apr 13, 2015 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
An interesting story of abuse, murder, adultery, amnesia, secrets and, of course love. Casey Edwards has been in a mental institution for 10 years, with no recollection of her past. When she is released, she attempts to walk to her mother and new step-father's house, before she gets there a car stops and Dr. Blake Hunter talks her into letting him give her a ride the rest of the way. Their meeting is crucial to her remembering her forgotten past and to begin to live a normal life.
Jul 18, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely not a light, easy read. It is a suspenseful mystery with dark subject matter. It has a lot of twists and turns. It grabs you from page one and will keep you guessing until the end. Poor Casey had a horrific childhood, an uncaring mother, a monster for a stepbrother. After spending 10 years in an asylum she wants nothing more than to regain her memory, try to put the past behind her and move on with her life. Thank goodness for Blake, he will stand behind her no matter what.
Diana Murphy
May 30, 2015 Diana Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a brilliantly written book. Begins with a murder. So much mystery surrounding it. Casey is released from the hospital and the day she went there, no one in town will talk about, people whisper and won't look at her. Then, little by little her memory returns and all the missing pieces are sewn together. Wow! Great, suspenseful, page-turning and a nice love story in the middle too. Really, really enjoyed this read!!!!
What an awful read. Spent the first chapters attempting to understand what was going on. Seemed to be caught up in the same amnesiac spell as Casey. This must have been Michael's early attempts at writing with an editor caught napping or involved in multi-projects. At the beginning vague undertones of rape, abuse to a minor, unbelievable results and happenings and delusionary contradictions. Find something else to do with your afternoon. This book is a bust.
Aug 13, 2015 Belva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really enjoy this book as I have other Fern Michael's books. This one was slow and just hard to get into and I was bored by the first few chapters. I was also disappointed to learn this book was originally published in 2003. I don't think this is honest nor fair to readers unless it is fully disclosed. I was provided a digital copy of this book by Netgalley for free in exchange for an unbiased review.
Jan 14, 2015 Denielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: default
I had pretty much figured out the culprit halfway through the book, but I kept reading because I wanted to know what happened. There are some elements of the story that readers will find disturbing, but they are essential to the story. There were a few parts of the book that I wish the author had clarified because they were confusing. I actually reread some parts in an effort to better understand what was going on. Overall, it wasn't a bad read.
Ann Boytim
After many years in a mental hospital Casey Edwards has just been released and will meet her family again Casey has had a memory lapse and does not recall her past. Traumatic events occurred and as she starts to remember it is very painful for her. Some people do not trust her or want her to regain her memory but she has support from Dr Blake Hunter . Remembering is also traumatic and Casey pouts herself in danger.
Jul 26, 2009 Alea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those beach reads that doesn't have a lot of substance, but was fairly entertaining. I felt like the end was a little bit of a let-down, though. This "tragic" event that the main character couldn't remember should've been bigger, and/or the "bad" guys in the this book should have been punished more while the "good" guys better rewarded. I don't know if that makes sense. The point is, it was entertaining, but not necessarily one I'd recommend.
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Fern Michaels isn’t a person. I’m not sure she’s an entity either since an entity is something with separate existence. Fern Michaels is what I DO. Me, Mary Ruth Kuczkir. Growing up in Hastings, Pennsylvania, I was called Ruth. I became Mary when I entered the business world where first names were the order of the day. To this day, family and friends call me Dink, a name my father gave me when I w ...more
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