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Faces of Fear by John Saul
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Feb 17, 2009

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Faces of Fear was an average book for writer John Saul. Although I have not read many of his books, this book seemed to lack the luster of some of his other works. In Faces of Fear, Alison Shaw and her mother Rita are left reeling after the departure of Rita's husband who suddenly reveals to them that he is a gay man in love with someone. While their relationship remains amicable, both are left hurting and looking to put their lives back together. Enter Conrad Dunn, a prominent and wealthy plastic surgeon who becomes involved with Rita shortly after the suicide of his beloved wife Margot. A quick courtship results in marriage and Conrad begins to offer services to Alison to improve her appearance. Although Alison was always content with being plain, she eventually relents and Conrad begins to attempt to transform her. Unfortunately his plans are tainted leaving Alison and her family in a battle for their lives. The characters in this book are spectacular; however the action seems to be written from a standard plotline. Woman remarries evil man and the daughter is left in a perilous situation. The twists and turns are numerous but expected leaving little to the imagination for anyone familiar with this genre. While the style of writing was solid, I was disappointed by this book. I expected more from a seasoned writer with Saul's reputation.
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