Maddie is, like, so totally awesome! How can you help but love a girl who won't take "no" for an answer, loves to shop at Macy's and Neiman's and is mad about shoes? I have to commute to work and listen to books while I'm driving. This series has made my time in the car so much more fun!
Granted, the book is 20 years old. There are very few mills left and I haven't seen anyone in a Klan march since the 1990's. It seems like the plot was designed as a computer program.... if we are at point A, how did we get here? and the heroine works backwards to determine who murdered her grandfather. But it bothers me that every path she picks is correct (except for actually picking the murderer because that would be too easy). It does, however, make it a very logical book. I was not happy with the quality of the reader's voice.... she made it a little too Southern. On the other hand, the plot actually had everyone in the her family as the list of suspects. Makes the family reunion a little more interesting!
We commute together - he's over 20 and I'm a woman. It's hard to find books we both like.... without being embarrassed. There are a few gory parts, but the book/series is fast-paced and interesting to both of us. We think it would make a great movie.
I know nothing about the law so I thought I'd try to learn something. This is a great lecturer. I've listened to it twice. He's interesting and gives good examples. I enjoy his cases - the partnership that went to court because one partner didn't think the other was being fair in sharing the goods.... and they ended up hung because they were highwaymen. Vocabulary is important but he gives good definitions. I think I have a better understanding because of this book.
(This review reveals the plot as set forth in the first 3 chapters.)
I told my co-workers I was reading a great book! This girl had lost her boyfriend, lost her job and was going to kill herself... but someone offers to buy her organs and gives her lots of money. Wow! What a great beginning. But by the middle of the book, I couldn't wait for it to end. Go ahead. Give them your organs. So sad. Could have been so good......
I thought it was going to be a sugary, brainless story... the kind I listen to because they reduce stress. I did not expect the plot twist. I didn't see it coming... but you might since you're reading this. I enjoyed the story.
So much fun to read! I laughed my way through the mysteries. I read all of them. How can you not enjoy a girl who uses her Macy's card to try to jimmy a lock (but the card breaks so the police know she was there)..... when she should have used her Neiman's card instead since it was already maxed out. (Poor girl! She found out her father used the same shade of lip gloss that she used!)
We love tennis so we were prepared to like this - but my husband was so interested, he made me rewind and play again if we missed a part because of outside noise. It has actual interviews with former tennis greats and is written in a light, friendly style.
I can't wait for each new book. The story lines are thrilling. I want more like this!
I liked the story within a story technique to see the events from multiple perspectives. It shows a strong woman with high ethical standards.
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