May 24, 12
Read from May 15 to 24, 2012
Wow, this is not at all what I excpected from a Sparks novel. I would probably call this more of a suspense book than a romance or romantic suspense.
This was almost 3 different books in one for me. I found the first 3rd a little bit slow, especially in regards to drawing me in. I actually wrestled with putting the book down and reading something else instead...I am glad that my paitence was rewarded with a nice read. Anyway I struggled to connect with Julie, Mike & Richard...I sympathized with Julies plight, but found Mike a little shy/bland & Richard was very self centered and controlling. I was glad when Julie decided to choose the nice guy. Everyone can root for the nice guy that listens to a womans problem only to not get chosen...here he finally does. It was at this point that I began to connect with Mike & julie, although what followed was a lackluster romance...and if not for the fact that Sparks put them in bed together, as he must do with every couple who cannot fall in love first and copulate later, I would not have even realized their was any passion in their relationship at all...as a romance this would be a major fail IMHO...but the suspense/stalking that transpires over the last third of the book drew me in completely.
Due to the slow start, and sluggish appeal of the characters I cannot go 5 stars, but don't be misled this a very fast, quick and cool read.