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Random Hearts

3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  116 ratings  ·  15 reviews
There was no earthly reason why Vivien Simpson and Edward Davis should ever have met. But when two unidentified bodies are discovered amid the wreckage of a plane disaster, their separate lives collide and they find themselves thrown together by a passion far beyond their comprehension.
Published 1999 by Stonehouse Press (first published January 1st 1984)
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Wendy arrington
Sep 22, 2008 Wendy arrington rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes drama, human nature novels
I know now why they say the book is always better than the movie. I semi-enjoyed the movie but LOVED the book. It's about 2 couples whoses lives all entertwine when an airplane crash claims the lives of a man and woman (who are both married to other people) The surviving spouses are left with the heartbreaking realization that they really did not know the person they thought they knew best in the world. The two surviving spouses decide to trace back the steps of their cheating spouses (together)...more
I read this book because I had watched the movie, Random Hearts, this book was too tragic. Their spouses died in a plane crash, discovering facts that suggest they were having an affair, the surviving spouses then go into a spiral of self destruct.(Blaming themselves) The two innocents, the dog and the child were sent away, why not give the dog to the child who was being raised by the grandparents? Why give up the child that earlier in the book the wife was devoted to? Too difficult to finish th...more
Gwen Utterberg
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I'm not sure which came first - the book or the movie. This is the same story as the movie with Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas. Obviously the book is better, with more detail, more romance and more emotion. It was an okay book, but I don't like how bitter the characters are. The bitterness is perfectly justified, but it makes me uncomfortable nontheless.
The beginning was a little confusing for me. I realized, that I like books that are written in first person and from one person's point of view. The plot was too simple, I knew how the story would play out after reading five pages. Also Edward and Vivien's relationship developed too fast.
I preferred the movie version. The book was slightly different but dragged a bit. I guess that is why they changed the movie to incorporate other scenes. Interestingly though, one can see Harrison Ford in the lead role. It is as if the book was written from him.
A quick read and far better than the movie!

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Great beach read! Read it in one day. Mildly engrossing but doesn't require much energy, just go with the flow.
So glad I read this before watching the awful movie adaptation. I enjoyed the book!
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Plane goes down; two grieving spouses of dead on plane find each other.
I liked the book, although the movie didn't really make me feel same way.
Was hard to feel to much for the charactors.
Beth Stevens
much better than the movie!!!
A story of betrayal.
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