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Publisher's Summary

Hank Mitchell thought he lived an ordinary, ordered life. But on one chilly afternoon, Hank, his brother Jacob, and Jacob's unsavory pal Lou, make a discovery that offers a chance for a life filled with riches beyond their wildest dreams. And in a fateful moment, Hank lays a plan to claim that life... and the horrific crumbling of his ordered world begins.

©2006 Scott Smith (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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What a great book!

This is a fantastic book! I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll keep this brief. The story is amazing, the agonizing details make me feel like I was there. The narration was absolutely flawless as well. The narrators voice was perfect for the story and the characters.

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BOOM!

Let me say this...it's not often I give a 5-5-5 review. Not that I'm a walking Stevie King here myself by any means or anything, I just tend to save those big boy grades for my absolute faves. This is one of 'em! I crushed this book in 3 straight days. I stopped listening to my normal podcast routine, lost my "consecutive-days listened" Ripken-like streak on Stitcher, and didn't talk to my wife or kids thru this entire stretch! All kidding aside, this book held strong throughout. At no point did it ever become "ugh...oh come on man!" and turn unbelievable on me. It had me guessing which path, or solution our subject was gonna take the whole time, in so many different instances. Lots of surprises too. I can't say enough about this. Really enjoyable listen guys. Applause to the writer and narrator. The ONLY thing i think could've been improved on was the narrator's lack of going all-in during the real suspenseful/1,000mph/action parts. He kinda just maintained one speed throughout. Which was ok, save for those times when he could've made the ride that much better. But just focus on my 5-5-5 review! Forget I said that. If you're looking for a really great story with plenty of meat on its bones...I recommend this to you. Enjoy the ride!

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Stunning! Can't Stop Myself Thriller!

Who knew such a bargain could be such a great listen? This book is like a slow motion train wreck that you can't stop watching. You know pretty well what is going to happen but when it does, can't believe it!

This is a simple story kind of like the simple plan that this book reveals. The adage "nothing is as simple as it seems" applies here.

Great narration too!

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FOR ME A THRILLER IS A TALE THAT COULD HAPPEN !!!!

considering myself a horror lover includes the NOT so far out fantasy. close to the ground & more logical instead of galactic make believe as I've gotten older IF THIS IS YOU THIS IS YOUR MUST HAVE LIST TOPPER. the reader is fantastic and spot on. ONE OF MY FAVORITES. psychological thrilling at its VERY BEST BRAVO

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Intense!

Chilling tale you will not soon forget. Riveting story as you are helplessly drawn into the train wreck Hank creates of his life through one fateful decision after another.

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Awful narrator

The story was good, didn't care for the ending but the worst was the narrator smacking his lips or clicking his tongue after every few words!! I wanted to hear the story but this lip smacking was so loud it was all I could hear and pay attention to. In other words listen to this with a different narrator.

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In this, greed is definitely not good

You know that phrase, circling the drain? That’s the best way to describe this novel about greed and the lengths people will go to in the name of it. Recently I was involved in an inheritance process that involved more money than at first suspected. It brought out the worst in some family members so the actions and attitudes of the people in this novel seemed on the money to me. I was a bit surprised by the fluidity of criminal schemes that Hank and Sara came up with on the spur of the moment and also their lack of caution in some areas (keeping the money under the bed? with a newborn in the house???), but mostly the book hung together. It’s basically one bad decision after another with things getting worse and worse, scene by scene.

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There isn’t anyone to root for in this book, but there are degrees of dirt-baggery to be plumbed and not all the deaths are lamentable. Most are though and by the end I was hoping Hank would get caught. He and Sara deserved it. They don’t, but neither do they profit by their crimes and they seem pretty comfortable with them on the whole (all that self-serving justification must have gone down well). The FBI logged about 10% of the serial numbers and without knowing which bills are on the list, the whole pile is worthless. Sara tries everything in her power to hang onto it, right to the bitter end. In a way, I’m glad there wasn’t much denouement to the book since it would have meant spending more time with the two of them. I’m not sure the kid’s accident and subsequent near-vegetative state is effective as a sop to justice though. And I can’t imagine the law ignoring so many deaths in such a short time period, especially when there’s no GSR on Lou’s body. But other than those things, the story is good, compelling and reasonably believable if a sad testament to one of humanity’s least admirable traits.

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A great read

Its not a masterpiece but a cover to cover very good read. It’s a page turner and had a hard time putting it down. Lots of twists and turns and I love some good old fashioned cleverness. Excellent character development and story moved along quickly leading up to a good ending.

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Not as good as I had hoped

how this is considered one of the 1,000 books to read before you die seems odd to me. I really didn't like the plot or the way it ended.

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A Somber Tale That Makes You Think

I had seen the movie and absolutely loved it. The actors, Billy Bob Thorton and Bill Paxton (RIP) brought these characters amazingly to life, much better than the novel. The movie changed the ending and many sequences of events as well as completely leaving out most of the murders. But I feel it made the story flow better and the characters more intriguing. The novel was very good and of course I already knew what was going to happen but then again not really. The novel goes more into detail about the deeds that Hank did along the way. The slippery slope of how when you do one bad thing then another will inevitably follow. But even though alot of that was not in the movie I didn't feel that the movie needed it. However the novel did. The only thing I was hoping for was to get more information about who Sarah was, her past. What made her so easily make the decisions she made. The way Bridget Fonda played her in the film I thought there was so much under the surface about her but alas it wasn't brought out in the novel. That was disappointing. All in all it was a very good novel but I have to say that the movie was much better. But I enjoyed them both. I recommend the read.