The twists and turns, the misdirection, the thrilling ending where all is revealed! A lot of her booThis has got to be my favorite Lisa Gardner book.
The twists and turns, the misdirection, the thrilling ending where all is revealed! A lot of her books are excellent, some are okay, but this one is in a class by itself. Some people may complain that the plot line and ending are not really plausible, a little too far fetched, etc., but frankly, I just didn't care. It was real and engaging enough to make me believe it was plausible, and that shows the mark of a good writer, in my opinion. I went through every emotion reading this one, but at the end, I realized, that despite some it's more serious subject matter, it was just fun to read.
The characters were so very well developed. D.D. Warren is by far not my favorite female police heroine of all time, but she is a good character, well developed and definitely has her moments in this book. But the main character is Tessa Leoni, police officer and mother who will do anything to protect her daughter. I won't say anymore along those lines, as I don't want to provide any spoilers. I really couldn't anyway, the story is just too complex. You'll just have to read it for yourself, and I hope you'll be glad you did, I know I was. I actually listened to the book and it was very well done. Enjoy, this is one of her best!
First let me say that my rating is probably mostly based on the kind of books I like to read. I found the book only because I was looking for audio boFirst let me say that my rating is probably mostly based on the kind of books I like to read. I found the book only because I was looking for audio books read by Phil Gigante. I liked the synopsis, and gave it a try.
On the pro side, this book was written well, and the flow was good between the past and present aspects of the story. Another pro is the use of some true history about Victor Hugo. Not all of it is true, of course. The nice thing about this is that author explains the difference at the end of the story.
-- The characters were okay, but they didn't really draw me in. I liked the aunts best, and they are side characters. -- It was slow in a lot of spots, and I did not find myself being drawn back to the book. I did finish it, however, and the ending was good.
Overall, I'm glad I read it. I found that the writing was interesting and unusual overall. The biggest down side for me was the slow moving plot.
As a side note, For those of you like me who think the paranormal genre is broad and some it of you like, and some you don't - let me narrow it down for you. The story includes reincarnation, the "devil" or whatever you would like to call the being, seances, visions by the main character, and a few other eerie happenings. There are no vampires, shapeshifters, Fae, etc.
This is the first book I have read by this author, and I am disappointed. I did finish the whole book, though, so I could write a fair review. The onlThis is the first book I have read by this author, and I am disappointed. I did finish the whole book, though, so I could write a fair review. The only reason I gave this two stars is because the beginning was funny and I liked the heroine. She had spunk and she was quite amusing. Otherwise, it would have been an easy one star rating.
I found two major turnoffs for me in this novel.
First, I thought the hero, Conner, was a dud. His character started off well, being amused and appreciative of Gillyanne's efforts to stall him and his companions from whisking her off and marrying her for her land.
After marrying her, glimpses of Connor's feelings were few and far between. Not knowing how to treat a woman has been used before in historical romance, but here it just doesn't work. If anything his character seemed to regress into a neanderthal ignorant oaf, an alpha male wannabe, and close to one-dimensional. Wow, that sounds really harsh, but I haven't run across such a total unlikable hero in a long time. Maybe I need to read more.
Anyway, this leads to beef number two. Despite his lack of expressive feeling towards her she falls in love with him anyway, and way too soon in the story. Ironically, Gillyanne is supposed to have a gift that lets her sense what another is feeling, but she cannot sense his. Could it be he doesn't really have any? I think it would have been a lot more interesting if she could sense them, and then maybe falling for him so fast might have been somewhat believable.
I'd like to end with a positive note, so as to balance the review out a little bit. I liked some of the other characters very much, and her family has some dimension and appeal. Since this book is part of a series, perhaps the others are better. I'll be taking a pass, though. ...more
This book was boring at times, but did pick up at the end. It is my least favorite Heather Graham book so far. I'll definitely keep reading her thoughThis book was boring at times, but did pick up at the end. It is my least favorite Heather Graham book so far. I'll definitely keep reading her though, as I've enjoyed some of her others very much. ...more