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 agree with the "reader" who felt the sexual graphics were unnecessary. I too wanted to fast-forward and actually did a couple of times. I really enjoyed the parallel plots and the characters, but I think the author tried too hard to shock us with graphic sexual encounters that did nothing for the plot.
This might have been a decent short story but to make it a full length book led to it being filled with fluff and gratuitous sex.
The story might have been interesting had the reader/listener not been subjected to mind numbing details that bore a questionable relationship to the story line or to character development.
The narrator was pretty good and not part of the problem. The problem was the author.
I felt mislead by glowing reviews that never mentioned any of the book's shortcomings.
After this I cannot foresee purchasing another Sandra Brown book.
Officially made it to my top 10. What a creative and suspenseful book Sandra Brown wrote.
Sorry to be one of the only naysayers, but this book is so shallow that I can't continue listening to it. Its cardboard characters include over-the-top, really-evil villains sneaking around and manipulating and blackmailing upstanding people who may not be perfect but have integrity and are, for the most part, sympathetic characters. Everybody seems to be sexually charged, and some of them are hopping in the sack on a regular basis. The plot, with its flashbacks, etc, doesn't engage me at all. Think goofy soap opera. Call me cynical, but I'm guessing this plot-driven story was written specifically to be a bestseller. Obviously this is what happened, because a lot of people have given it rave reviews. Whatever...
I have read several books by Sandra Brown, mostly quite good. This one has a poor storyline with gratuitous sex thrown in, presumably to bolster the poor story since the sexual scenes are completely inappropriate. Tried several times to restart and give it another chance, but frankly, its a very boring book, made even worse by a very boring reader.
It was boring with a boring reader
It could have been done by someone with a sense of timing and intonation.
It sent us to sleep without difficulty
Not sure if I want to risk another book by this author, but I am certain that this reader will be boycotted from now on.
This for me is the best Sandra Brown I have listened to so far (Lethal is a close second)
The narrator did an excellent job and the story line kept be enthralled with the twists and turns it took. I was engrossed and could not stop until the final scene!
My next move is to find which one of her books is just as good!
The great plot of reading about a writer who writes about a writer who writes...is very engaging, as it intends. However, rather than keeping you on the edge of your seat, every aspect of the plot is predictable from the start. Seeing the heroine take so long to catch on is painful. Also occasionally painful is the generally uninspired narration. He is good at making the writer sound crude, mean and grizzled--but that may do the character an injustice, as he is supposed to be good-looking and charming when it suits him. A good education hangs poorly on him; articulation in this persona seems out of place. And, when not "in character", the narrator reads quickly and without much inflection--as though he is reading.
The author devised a wonderfully twisted plot. I would have enjoyed being intrigued and beguiled by it more--by not having every twist totally predictable. The only surprise for me was who Mike was; but even a lot of groundwork was laid for that, and could have been predicted.
All in all, I highly recommend it--it is very well crafted and is very entertaining.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
I thought it was a very good story. This is my first book by Sandra brown & I thought she wrote the story well. I gave it a higher review for the overall plot - But the graphic sex scenes took away from the mystery part of the story. It's like she tried to go for shock value. It's like listening to someone intelligent say the F' word over and over again when describing something - And they seem dumber the longer they talk. I'm a guy. Not hard to look at either. I've had plenty of sex (with women) and I am not a prude, but I probably won't get another book by her for the previous reasons mention. I wanted a good mystery and it was - But the rest was unnecessary. The gone with the wind writing style was a little tough at times also. Not because of the Georgia setting - But the way they spoke. It was like I was living in a different Century. I talked myself out of a four star rating while writing this. Like I said - Great plot - BUT.
I'd definitely recommend this - one of the best I've listened to.
Fast-moving story. Actually, it's a story within a story. Murder, betrayal, romance, erotica. There's a bit of everything.
I liked the descriptions of the Island off of Georgia.
Very saucy romance scenes.
I'll have to look into Sandra Brown's novels. I wasn't familiar with her. Excellent narration. Interesting peek at the book-publishing world, too.
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