Her trip to Georgia to meet the mysterious author takes her to an eerie, ruined cotton plantation, where Maris finds Parker Evans, a man confined to a wheelchair who carefully hides his past. Coaxing his novel from him chaper by chapter, Maris becomes caught up in his tale of two friends who rent a boat with a young woman for a night of sex and drinking. Only one person will return from that trip.
Disturbed about her sexual attraction to Parker and worried about her marriage to author and her co-publisher Noah Reed, Maris returns to New York, where the delivery of Parker's newest chapters convince her they are more than fiction. She wonders how well she knows her husband and begins a harrowing search for a truth that ties back to a terrifying crime and a man who will use her, or anyone, to get his revenge.
©2001 Sandra Brown Management, Ltd; (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc.; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
I purchased this book after reading all of the glowing reviews here... and now that I've finished listening, I'm somewhat puzzled. While this was a decent book, it definitely didn't live up to my expectations. I found the plot to be slow and the characters to be caricatures. Goods guys are sincere. Bad guys are evil. And crusty cantankerous (crippled) guys? Why, you know that they really have a heart of gold, right?
Like a couple other reviewers here, I found the sex scenes unnecessary, but for a different reason. They were mostly absurd. I definitely wouldn't characterize them as porn or x-rated like other reviews... I just kind of thought they were filler and had to wait through them until the plot continued. I found myself talking out loud to my car stereo on several occasions saying: "okay, okay... we know they get it on... let's get on with the story now".
It would be misleading to say that I disliked this book. The writing was adequate. The narration wasn't terrible. I just don't know that it was worth fifteen hours of my time.
The book is full of excitement with twists and turns. It was very much fun to listen to.
I really enjoyed this book. It was read well and the writing was great. This is my first Sandra Brown and I'll agree with an earlier review that it has inspired me to look for more, preferably unabridged.
This was the first, but definitely not the last Sandra Brown story I've listened to! It is one of those rare audible 'finds' that you simply can't put down!!! Full of twist and turns, while somewhat predictable, when it finally comes down, there are still plenty of surprises, right to the very end! This reader does a fantastic job on this book, and I'm convinced that the audible version is much more engaging than the actual 'read'! It would make a fantastic movie!
Sandra Brown has done a terrific job with this book. But the real pleasure here is listening to the reader. He brings the characters to life and infuses all with a personality and dimension that takes this book to an even higher level of enjoyability.
I enjoyed the plot (even though I saw almost everything coming), but the explicit and graphic sex turned me OFF. It was totally unnecessary. If I wanted to read graphic porn I go to an adult store. With a book you can turn the pages to avoid all the graphic sexual descriptions, with an audio player you're stuck with it because you don't know when it ends. None of the "porn" added to the story at all. I was disappointed.
It was somewhat predictable, but then it takes a surprise turn. I must admit that the characters become very real. You love them or you hate them. I couldn't put it down, waiting for the next turn and twist. Loved it.
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