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Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2014
Very boring. I got about 10% into the book and had to put it down. The main character, Laura, has a 5 year old child whose care, cooing, meaningless presence and dialog is foisted on the reader in every other chapter. That's not a contrivance I enjoy in a book.
Fortunately I only paid $0.50 for it in the used-book bin. It wasn't worth that much.
This book is so very PATHETIC, what was P. Macdonald thinking. The main character Laura Reed Turner, is not a real women or mother at all. Who remarries just months after her husband is brutally murdered in their bed (unless guilty) it is just Appalling . Pleaseeee... I am adamant when reading any book to finish it, I read this because it is an easy read, ooohhhh how I very much wanted to toss it. ............ What mother would care about some obsessed freak show (Ian, who by the way they never concluded his involvement with his own house fire) while her child, she claimes to love and care for so much is being held at gun point by a mad woman. This book and character is beyond pathetic and P.M. should think first and write about a real woman and mother with strength and a mind of her own. Laure should have been arrested by the thought police, for the inability to have a her own capacity to think, not act like such a martyr (which she was NOT). Lauras is not a character who deserves sympathy, her weak pathetic nature is appalling as well as unbelievable, her character is severely lacking in the caring mother department. I recommend this book to No One...
This is the second Patricia MacDonald book I have read (the other being Lost Innocents) and I enjoyed it just as much, if not more than the first. I could not put this book down. I was determined not to close it until I devoured the very last page. The story is about a women whose husband is murdered. The police think she is the killer but do not have the evidence to arrest her. Throughout the story you meet a plethora of shady characters, each one convincing you that he/she is the actual killer. You do not know for sure until the very end. I highly recommend it.