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.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable and suspenseful story. The narration was superb. Mr. Slezak's differentiation of character voices was excellent--especially when there are numerous character parts to read. This story is fiction. It is entertaining. Don't try analyze it, just enjoy the story. Trust me that once you start listening, you will not be able to stop.
There is an old-fashion element to this story that cannot be revealed as it may be considered a spoiler to the ending. Other story elements such as peeking into the lives of rich people and their businesses; experiences of a difficult childhood, challenges of the physically disabled, travel, views of contrasting aspects of Americana--including familiar sterotypes, unexpected love, betrayal, deceit, vengence, murder, sizzling sex and more are all here. What I also enjoyed was the "novel or story" within the "story". Ms. Brown did a nice job with this technique. All of these elements make an incredibly good story. Keep in mind that this is fiction and that the characters may not always display good judgment or rational behavior. However, these flaws are what make the story interesting, keep the plot twisting and turning. If something occurs that is unbelievable, so be it. This story is meant to be an escape from reality. Good Lifetime movie material. This was so worth the credit.
Having listened or read virtually all of Sandra Brown's books, this is and will remain my favourite. And Victor Slezak's narration is great, particularly for those volatile male characters (my only unavoidable criticism is that a man can never quite reproduce a woman's voice). The story is unusual, as the male lead is confined to a wheelchair but the story of revenge, albeit tried and tested, is rendered all the more novel by this fact - after all, how can a cripple go about getting his revenge on those who put him in that wheelchair! But listen on - as the climax is, as with most of Sandra Brown's books, unexpected to say the least. This was the first Audible title I ever purchased and x number of books later - remains my favourite! So do yourself a favour - download it today! But your family will have to attract your attention by smoke signals!!!
This is my new favorite book. I love how it pulls you in from the beginning and doesn;t let you go. My favorite parts are the prolog and the end, but all of the twists and turns in between make it a well rounded book. The narrater is fantastic! I think this is a great escape.
I thought the story started out well, the prologue was very good and captured my attention. But then as the story morphed into the modern day events it seemed to me as though Sandra Brown just wanted a story so that she could write steamy sex scenes.
Call me a prude, and yes I'm a pastor so that colors my opinion to reflect my morals and tastes.
So, if you want a book filled with sexual scenes and innuendo this is for you.
Also, I got about a third of the way through the book, but just couldn't go any farther because the language and sex I found a bit to offensive.
Woman marries greedy, womanizer, finds interesting guy in Georgia, falls in love with Georgia guy just as her marriage ends and the bad guys gets his come uppance.If you are looking for mindless brain candy to while away a long plane ride, fine, otherwise yawn.
I am a avid listener and I am rarely stumped! I was clueless til the end! I don't want to give anything away but.....I am telling you to use a credit!!! You won't be disappointed! Wonderfully read by Victor Slezak! I am always wondering how a man reader will deliver women character, but Victor's seamless talent is refreshing! Wonderful book and wonderful reader!!! I loved it!!!
This book was a disapointment after reading Chill Factor by the same author. I didn't like the way two different stories were going on in the same book. There were a few surprises but if I had to advise someone whether to buy this book or not I would say choose Chill Factor over this one. It wasn't by far the worst book I have bought but I kind of feel like I wasted my money.
I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.
I would put this book in the top 5 of my Audible library... I was a Sandra Brown virgin until now - and based on another listener's review - I tried this first. And it was outstanding.
I listen to/read lots of books - and one of the things I struggle with is over-blown situations - the heorine laments too much - the villian is overly cruel - to the point where I ache for the chapter to end because the author is dragging out a situation to the point of irritation.
This book was a miraculous mix of all the essential elements of a novel. It didn't twist and turn crazily to throw the reader into a tizzy - it led the reader to through the plot with the perfect pace - and just enough suspense to keep you wanting more.
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I was looking forward to hearing this book ??? new author (for me) ??? quite high rating - but I have to say that half way through part one I was fairly certain how it was going to go ??? and I was right. I don???t like to not complete a book ??? especially for one rated so highly so I did. The story was very predictable, and about authors no less. It may have been better had the narrator been any good; he was so bad that it was hard to know who was talking ??? woman or man. There are soooo many better narrators and I won???t be listening to anymore of his performances. Back to the story ??? the evil character was so evil that it is hard to believe more people didn???t know what a pig he was - Mr. Evil is revealed early so I don???t think this is a spoiler. The result of the extortion was unbelievable. The end was good ??? not surprising but good.
This is the kind of book you don???t have to spend a lot of time intently listening to. It is obvious and predictable ??? white hat, black hat, innocent maidens ??? every character has well earned flaws ??? except Evil ??? he was???just evil. There are many more books worthy of a point.
This audio book was simply not good. I did not like the narrator's performance; he was very monotone. The story was unbelievable, the characters, for the most part, were unlikeable, and parts of it were very crass. No thanks.
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