The perfect life....
A successful lawyer and loving mother, Nina Bloom would do anything to protect the life she's built in New York - including lying to everyone, even her daughter, about her past. But when an innocent man is framed for murder, she knows that she can't let him pay for the real killer's crimes.
The perfect lie....
Nina's secret life began 18 years ago. She had looks to die for, a handsome police-officer husband, and a carefree life in Key West. When she learned she was pregnant with their first child, her happiness was almost overwhelming. But Nina's world is shattered when she unearths a terrible secret that causes her to run for her life and change her identity.
The perfect way to die....
Now, years later, Nina risks everything she's earned to return to Florida and confront the murderous evil she fled. In a story of wrenching suspense, James Patterson gives us his most head-spinning, action-filled story yet - a Hitchcock-like blend of unquenchable drama and pleasure.
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Physician and Educator
I thought this book would be predictable but the twists and turns kept my attention. I found myself "thrilled" and "chilled" with some of the dialogue here. I would have liked to see the ending better developed but this was a great summer light read. Patterson and Ledwidge did a very good job with this book and kept me interested chapter after chapter. I even found myself "talking to the characters" at times. Good read.
Just another shallow book for the Paterson book mill. The main character is not well developed in the book. The listener never really seems to be able to relate. The narrator is very poor, over acts everything. Her voice sounds the same for the college girl and the 40 year old lawyer, and for that matter the male characters!
No surprises in this book, just one unlikely action after another. Getting to be a habit for these Patterson co-authored books. Sorry ... disappointed with this one.
The publisher writes the following "Patterson gives us his most head-spinning, action-filled story yet - a Hitchcock-like blend of unquenchable drama and pleasure"... and it's just isn't so. Like others have reviewed herein, the wirting, narration, and musical background are just plain aggevating. A novel doesn't have to be true, but unless it is syfy or fantasy, it should feel like it could happen. The activities of the policeman are something out of dusty, broken down. itty-bitty small town in Texas in the 1950s (maybe). Just an annoying read altogether. Wish I would have believed the reviews, but instead I figured this is JAMES PATTERSON, and it's got to be good. I so very wrong!
At first I thought the high school drama club narrator was the reason I didn't like this book. Her overly dramatic style does not lend itself to narration. The 1940s radio show sound track only adds to the ridiculous effect. In the end it's the dialogue and the plot though. There are very few pieces of this story that you haven't heard a million times before from far less talented writers than Patterson.
This is one of the better collaborations of Mr. Patterson's. I listened to the story in one day as it was difficult to stop. This story is what it is supposed to be...fiction. So much of the storyline is convoluted and could never happen in real life. Parts of the story were predictable. The background music is an interesting contribution to the storyline, and adds a touch of soap opera drama. The narration was good. However, some of the accents used for the characters made me giggle. On a serious note, I am wondering when a Patterson novel will have a person/character of color that has some substance instead of "window-dressing" or someone of a criminal nature. Mexican drug dealers who rape and trash white women is a stereo-type that has been overused. Overall, this is a very good story. I would like to see the main character Janine developed and given some additional work. I would like to see this character and her husband appear in another Patterson/Ledwidge novel.
The story is so predictable that I groaned out loud more than a few times. The narrator was lively but the background music was cheesy and annoying. I made it to the end only because I was on a road trip.
I usually really like James Patterson's novels but this one was really bad. The narrator makes the characters sound like high school students and the music in the background sounds like a 60's thriller on tv. It's way to melodramatic. Hope his next one is better.
Occasionally, Mr. James Patterson will author or co-author a book like this, where he is apparently pissed at cops...and I mean all cops. I think he and Mr. Ledwidge wrote this story after one or both of them were stopped and cited by an abrasive traffic officer, maybe on more than one occasion. There are way too many things that just couldn’t happen in these times of unified state licencing, public records, and media focus. And those inconsistencies compromised an otherwise interesting story line. His portrayal of police officers in this book boarders on being offensive.
Patterson historically has been a treat. However, this audio was the worst read ever. Narrator was horrible, story line way too predicable and background music and attempts at one liner humor made a bad book even worse. A waste of time and money in my opinion.
By the end of the story I was so sick of the main character I was hoping she would be killed off. I like Patterson, and was the main reason I bought this one. This book reads like a couple of guys trying too hard to write 'chick lit."
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