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From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Moment comes a remarkable new novel that explores how and why we fall in love.Laura works in a small hospital on the Maine coast, scanning and x-raying many a scared patient. In a job where finding nothing is always the best result, she is well versed in the random unfairness of life, a truism that has started to affect ...more
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Published April 30th 2013 by Atria Books (first published June 7th 2012)
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Fiona
Really not good. Overwritten, massive overuse of words like "wildly" and "madly", the effect of which is to take all effectiveness out of the emotional journey. Stilted dialogue and some very unconvincing scenes - the happy, accepting reaction of the heroine's two teenage children to news of their parents' marriage problems is wholly unbelievable. The author does not trust the reader to get even the simplest point and beats you over the head with ideas which he believes to be profound but which ...more
Elaine O'Brien
Douglas Kennedy has written some of my all-time favourite books, particularly The Pursuit of Happiness and The Moment. Perhaps the fact that I loved these books has made me an overly harsh critic of this one, but I really didn't enjoy Five Days.

The plot is as old as time itself, a forty-ish unhappily married woman with two almost grown up children goes to a conference and connects with a man there. Over the weekend, many truths about both of their lives emerge, and we are brought on their journ
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Denise
I am a huge fan of Douglas Kennedy. I don't think he is capable of writing a bad book. FIVE DAYS may be one of my favorites.

I have never read a male author would could so flawlessly write in a woman's voice. I literally had to stop and remind myself that a man was telling the story in FIVE Days in a woman's first person voice. I am not a big fan of the romance genre. In fact, I don't even like a lot of romance in the novels I read because some of it is so 'sappy' and unrealistic. Yet Douglas Ken
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Doroti
Любимият ми Дъглас Кенеди! И поредната му уникална история!

Една история за това как често, ако не и постоянно, сами си налагаме граници с ясното съзнание, че пропускаме възможности, които случайността понякога ни предлага. За мечтите, които не сме се осмелили да преследваме, защото сме си намерили спъващите ни причини, убеждавайки се сякаш подсъзнателно, че не можем да се изправим срещу тях. От страх?

Да имаш късмета случването да те сполети веднъж и ти доброволно да се откажеш от него. Времето
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Lauran
The only word I can think of to describe this book is: drivel. To be fair - my review is only of the first 200 pages or so, I read this far waiting for something to, you know, actually happen, but gave up when nothing was forthcoming. I felt the story was overwritten, and there was far too much unnecessary dialog between the main characters (that read along the lines of: thankyou for saying that, no thankyou for saying what you said / you really are extraordinary, no you are the extraordinary on ...more
Errika
Utterly disappointed with this book. Not up to Douglas Kennedy's normal standard. Loved every other book he has ever written. There were parts of this book I enjoyed - character history etc - that's why I've given it 2 stars. However the story itself was unbelievable, and poorly written. As for the twist, which in other DK books keeps me up reading all night, was disappointing and expected.
So if you're expecting another " Pursuit of happiness" and the like, then save your money and re- read the
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Aimee
I was really impressed by this book. It is the first book I have read by Douglas Kennedy and I still cannot believe how well he has written this story from Laura's point of view. I really came to love and respect Laura and I really enjoyed reading about her. She comes to a lot of harsh realizations through the book about her marriage, her job, and how she never feels she deserves better in her life. All of this is brought about by a chance encounter with another man, Richard, while at a conferen ...more
Cheryl
Laura is an x-ray technician. She runs the machine when the doctor is looking for something. Usually it is for possible oncology patients. Ones that might have cancer. This does not make Laura’s job easy. Her patients range from children to adults. For those few minutes life is suspended until Laura sees the “all clear”.

Laura has a family with a husband, son and daughter. Her husband is unemployed, her daughter doesn’t listen and her son is going through some things. Laura gets a chance to go a
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Anne
Treacly love story. Just like his last book which I couldn't finish. So predictable and such cringe-worthy dialogue. And to think I used to like this writer. Not sure what happened to him....
Patrice Hoffman
Five Days is my introduction to author Douglas Kennedy and has left a lasting impression on me I will not soon shake. Five Days is the story of Laura, a radiographic technologist, employed at a small hospital on the coast of Maine. She is mother to a college son and a soon-to-be graduating from high school daughter. She is also the wife to a very unemployed husband who seems to blame her for his lack of employment. The idea that the empty nest she's approaching soon with the graduation of her da ...more
Connie
Laura feels trapped in her marriage to Dan who has been withdrawn and negative since losing his job almost two years ago. They live in Maine with a daughter who is approaching her senior year of high school, and a son off at college. Laura feels a sense of relief when she has the opportunity to go away for a weekend to attend a radiology conference in Boston.

At the hotel, she meets a salesman, Richard. They feel a connection due to a mutual love of words and literature. Soon, they are letting ea
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Kaloyana
Мъжът, който най-добре пише от името на жена. Не знам как успява, но го прави наистина доста сериозно и отговорно.
Поредната книга на Кенеди, която освен, че е ужасно интересна и прекрасна като стил, който не те оставя да оставиш книгата за миг, третира проблемите на личността и тези на общуването в нашия свят. Задава въпроси, дава някои отговори или по-скоро навежда на такива.
каквото и да напише Дъглас Кенеди, винаги последното нещо, което си казвам след като затворя последната страница, е - ко
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Natasha
Okay, I’ll confess: I was attracted to this novel because the premise is similar to that of my own book, After 25 Years, which also concerns an extra-marital affair between two people in their forties/fifties.

But actually, that’s where the similarity ends. Five Days can be seen as an analytical look at the life of an unfulfilled middle-aged woman experiencing small-town boredom in Maine, who finds - or thinks she finds - love. Or it's an interesting idea - that five days can change your life -
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out


On the day before I began reading Five Days, an article appeared in the weekend paper supplement titled the Silver Years Itch. This article examined the growing trend of mid life divorce, most commonly instigated by wives who, after twenty years or so of marriage and child-rearing, are leaving to rediscover who they are, or were, as individuals, as distinct from wives and mothers.

Five Days explores this phenomena by introducing 42 year old Laura who finds that contentment with her life's path is
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Book Him Danno
This book was OK. I found it sad and depressing for the most part and I do not understand the need to leave your life to find yourself. I think finding yourself is important I am 43 and changing my career, back to school, kids are leaving for college one at a time from now and for the next 7 years....I do need to find who I am now....I have 5 kids and stayed home for 11 years...now I want my life again, but I don't need to leave my husband or have an affair for a weekend away from home. Who fall ...more
Casee Marie
Life for Laura Warren is punctuated by the methodical: a radiographic technician, her work at a prestigious hospital on the Maine coast requires her to look at cancer every day, unearthing the answers to patients’ most fearsome question and yet not being in a station to share what she knows. Keeping her thoughts to herself is something she’s familiar with at home, too. Her husband, Dan, has become increasingly embittered by the loss of his job, effectively driving a wedge further into their alre ...more
Julia
You'd never guess from the title, but this is a story set over five days. Four of the days are sequential - the fifth day is a year later. It's about a woman called Laura, somewhat unhappily married to Dan. From the outset she knew he was not going to be the love of her life. Nevertheless, they have been together for twenty largely happy years and they have two children. She works as a radiographer in a small Maine town and feels somewhat rueful that she has let her early passions for travel and ...more
Joanne
Five Days
By Douglas Kennedy

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From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Moment comes a remarkable new novel that explores how and why we fall in love.Laura works in a small hospital on the Maine coast, scanning and x-raying many a scared patient. In a job where finding nothing is always the best result, she is well versed in the random unfairness of life, a truism that has started to affect her personally. Her husband Dan has become a stranger since losi
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Jean
Having been a big fan of Mr Kennedy I could not believe the drivel in this book. It seems that Kennedy used the characters in the book as a platform to show off his knowledge of big words and English literature in general. And that's apart from the weak story line and the annoyingly flowery language between the lovers that made me cringe with embarrassment ( "I love you so completely/ No I love you more completely" Seriously? Remember these are adults in their forties and not teenagers talking.

W
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Janet Schneider
Five Days is a beautifully told contemporary story of an ordinary woman who changes her life in the wake of personal heartbreak, reminiscent of Body Surfing by Anita Shreve, set in coastal Maine. Gentle of spirit and generous of heart, Laura is a practicing X-Ray technologist, dealing daily with the heartbreaking discovery of tumors. She is unhappily married to Dan, who was recently laid off by LL Bean, and is relieved to be on her own for a Boston weekend conference. When she meets unhappily ma ...more
Mirren Jones
I've read several of Douglas Kennedy's books over the years and the standard of writing seems to be diminishing every time - and yet - I still always want to finish the book to find out what happens. This book follows a middle aged woman, an underachiever, a people pleaser who never fully recovers from the loss of her young love. She does marry, has children, enjoys her important and sometimes challenging job in radiology and recognises, but is not motivated to change, her rather humdrum life wh ...more
Linda
Although Five Days by Douglas Kennedy started off well, it progressed into a silly, unrealistic, ridiculous story about "true love" discovered over the course of a three day radiography conference. Within two days, this newly found couple was planning to divorce their respective spouses, quit their jobs, and move from Maine to Boston to live together in a newly purchased apartment. They stared into each other's eyes, proclaimed their love for one another, recited poetry by candlelight, and had a ...more
Carol N
Sent to me to review/chat online with other readers, this book was not only a good read, but also one I really enjoyed. This was my first encounter with Douglas Kennedy’s writing. It is amazing how well he was able to write this story from a woman’s (Laura) perspective – expressing all of her pain, frustration, hopes, and dreams. This novel depicts not only the difficulty of making choices, but also how certain choices can narrow one’s life rather than broaden it. The ending contained many surpr ...more
Becky
Part of the reason I rated this book so high is because it was so relatable, to me and I'm sure to many others. Life has a way of leading us on instead of us leading our lives. As a result, many people wind up in less than desirable relationships, professions, places we live, etc. Sometimes you need to look at things objectively and make some specific and intentional decisions that will bring better balance and happiness. Will it always work out? No, but if you don't step out of your "safe" zone ...more
Jennifer
I just could not like anyone in this book. And a $1100 apartment on Comm Ave.. not likely.
Lynn
The blurb on the cover says "How long does it take to fall in love and leave your life behind?" and that basically is the plot, beginning to end.
The filler in the novel is quite glorious and very wonderfully, wordy. An absolute pleasure to read and though we are immersed in the the five days in question, we are privy to lots of information not all necessary in my opinion, given the structure but when all's said and done becomes the bones of the story.
I was particularly drawn to a couple of thing
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Karen
Laura works in the radiology dept at a hospital in Maine. Her days are filled with viewing a patient's potential for a frightening diagnosis or the relief in seeing "nothing." Life and marriage has been hard. Her husband, Dan has gone through long-term unemployment, her son is away at college and daughter Sally is a senior in high school. Laura's unhappiness with her life deepens and she fears the future empty-nest years alone with Dan. When an opportunity opens to attend a medical conference in ...more
Katy
Another Kennedy book that had me gripped from the start to the ending. I bought this book a few days ago with the intention of saving it to be a 'university is finished' treat. I'm revising non-stop at the moment and any kind of reading that's not related to Criminology feels like I'm breaking the law or something. But this book wouldn't let me ignore it, so I started it one evening and finished it just before midnight the same night!

The Moment by Douglas Kennedy is still by far my favourite of
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Mandy
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Ailsa Britain
Not up to the usual high standard I expect of this author - in fact I'd go so far as to describe it as boring. The book jacket references "the absolute master of love stories with heart-stopping twists" - don't bother looking for a "heart-stopping twist" here; there isn't one.
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Douglas Kennedy was born in Manhattan in 1955. He studied at Bowdoin College, Maine and Trinity College, Dublin, returning to Dublin in 1977 with just a trenchcoat, backpack and $300. He co-founded a theatre company and sold his first play, Shakespeare on Five Dollars a Day, to Radio 4 in 1980. In 1988 he moved to London and published a travel book, Beyond the Pyramids. His debut novel The Dead He ...more
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