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Listen by Rene Gutteridge
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Feb 07, 2011

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This book had a an original idea and some positive points and was able to hold my interest until the end, but it also contained some stupid stuff and lacked the realism and polish that I would expect to find in a good suspense novel. I kept scratching my head over weird stuff that seemed to have no real purpose to the story except to destroy any sense of reality and turn the reader off. How about that life-size cut-out of Dave Ramsey, what was that about and why was it even in the story? I was really turned off early in the novel when everyone was making such a big deal over whether a lady would survive after getting hit in the head with a crappy plastic TV remote...oh, come on...I could beat you multiple times about the head with a crappy plastic remote and do no harm to anything except the remote--okay, you might get a slight bruise--and if the paramedics were called, one of them might be injured from falling down laughing. And what was the big whoop about spray-painting "Jenna Underwood is a virgin?" Like, who cares, really; compared to having your cat hanged? Call me a virgin any day if it means you let my cat alone. What about Lou warning Frank that if Angela pressed charges, he could lose his job? What would be grounds for dismissal and what charges could she file for his filing a missing person's report after multiple people reported that she was, ta da, missing. What law did that break? Anyway, you get the point dumbness after dumbness thrown in to ruin any suspense that might otherwise have built--why, couldn't the author find any friends kind enough to proof read her manuscript and tell her "this scene is just dumb--cut it out?"
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Karen I found the Dave Ramsey thing so silly also. slightly overkill?

Stunatra Just finished the book and I don't even remember the cutout thing. lol.

message 3: by Harmien (last edited Nov 27, 2014 12:32PM) (new)

Harmien I also wanted to like it, but made the mistake of reading the foreword of the author's religious persuasion. That often turns me off.
However I did keep reading hoping it would pick up and be worth it. Much of it was rather juvenile as well as often lacking continuity of dialog. The remote 'hit' was laughable, as were the cheerleader-mom friends.!
The whole thing comes across as a 'Stepford' story. Then they had enough of it and move to find another 'perfect' town.....
I will not likely read this author again.

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