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Publisher's Summary

SUSPICION. It burned through every nerve and fiber of Julie Carlson - the heartbreaking, infuriating suspicion that her husband was having an affair. To the rest of the world, Sid Carlson was a wealthy contractor with friends in highly influential places. But to Julie, he was a man who had cheated on their marriage vow. Heartbroken by her husband, Julie turns to a handsome stranger.

Mac McQuarry knew better than to mix women and work. And he had enough trouble of his own: The disgraced former cop had been demoted after an explosive shakedown of the Charleston police department. But when Julie Carlson hires him, Mac can't resist. Not only is she drop-dead gorgeous, but her husband was a player in Mac's inglorious downfall.

But what begins as a run-of-the-mill assignment spiced by a fiery flirtation suddenly spirals into a harrowing race for survival. Tracking the Carlsons' car down a lonely road one night, Mac witnesses an incredible hit that targeted Julie. Suddenly Mac and Julie have become the hunted. With the mob and the police in hot pursuit, they can rely only on each other as they crash their way through a maze of buried secrets and deadly deceptions.

©2002 Karen Robards (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"A top-notch romantic suspense writer....[A] steamy novel." (Booklist

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Fast paced...could not wait for next chapter

What made the experience of listening to To Trust a Stranger the most enjoyable?

Grabbed interest from start to end

What other book might you compare To Trust a Stranger to and why?

Stands alone with story line,

Which scene was your favorite?

Before the end when the characters were hiding in the tree with the gators were in the water. Just waiting to see if they could manage to evade capture.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Trust, deceit and lies. Who is the enemy- who is your friend

Any additional comments?

Great listen. Hard to take a break

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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What Fun!!!

This is a fun story...I didn't get that from the introduction of the book. But it was really really funny in places. I loved these characters. And they were characters alright!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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TSTL(Julie)

OMG- The main character - Julie is TSTL ! I wanted to kill her myself ! The narrator's southern voice for Julie ,her mother ,sister and Mac's partner about drove me up the wall ! I love Mac and his dog - I would love to take them home with me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Book But Badly Done Southern Accents

Would you listen to To Trust a Stranger again? Why?

Yes. I love the story and love the way Karen Robards writes.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot and the romance.

What three words best describe Laura Hicks’s voice?

terrible southern accent

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The climax of the story was riveting and so well written.

Any additional comments?

Ms Hicks has a beautiful voice but she should stay away from southern accents. The character voices were inconsistent and sometimes confusing as to which character was speaking. The southern belle character sounded more ethnic than southern. The character in Drag sounded stupid and the African Americans accents were ridiculous.

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Good story; poor narrator

To Trust A Stranger is one of Robard's better RS books from earlier days. There are some funny lines from the H but the h is less impressive, her character made even less attractive by Hick's awful narrating voice. She gives Julie a high, almost-whiny voice, making her sound like a silly schoolgirl.

Since this book leans strongly on the male lead's POV, a male narrator would have been a better choice than the squeaky Hicks. There is an older, abridged version narrated by Kate Forbes who did a much better job. She gives Julie a warm, husky voice which makes her sexy and easier for me to get what Mac sees in her. It is a pity that the unabridged version which I wanted very much, turned out to be such a disappointment!

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Just Oksy

What did you like best about To Trust a Stranger? What did you like least?

Too predictable

Would you be willing to try another one of Laura Hicks’s performances?

Hicks did alright, I've heard better, but sure have heard worse

Did To Trust a Stranger inspire you to do anything?

put my ipod on x2 thru part of it as it was too predictable

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Ugh! Profanity throughout the Whole Book!

Any additional comments?

I was disappointed at the number of F-Bombs in this book not to mention all the other profanity throughout the book. I only wish someone had left a review informing potential listeners of this…I would not have wasted a credit!!

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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On the Fence

What did you like best about To Trust a Stranger? What did you like least?

Overall I like this authors books and enjoy listening to them. I think her plots/stories are good, her characters are likable, or not - in a good way - depending on their place in the story. I find that this author tends to say the same thing 5 different ways which makes the book drag a bit. In this book I spent 25 miles listening to narrator wax on about how sexually deprived one of the main characters felt, by mile 15 I was telling my i-pod that I got it and to move on (I could not physically advance the program as I was driving on snow/ice covered roads and afraid to take my hands off the wheel).

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I thought the whole story was interesting.****SPOILER ALERT**** I'm not so sure I liked the way some of the characters ended up.

Which character – as performed by Laura Hicks – was your favorite?

I liked all the Characters - what I did not like was the southern accent of the main female character it almost seemed to contrived.

Did To Trust a Stranger inspire you to do anything?

Drive extra miles so I could find out what happened next.

Any additional comments?

I am all for a good vocabulary and enjoy when writers use good descriptive words. However, it almost feels that this author slips .75 cent words in because she thinks she has to rather than because they fit in with the context of the sentence and/or theme. Oh, and it seems that her favorite word is sardonic.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • NEW BERLIN, WI, United States
  • 05-17-12

Okay

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No

Would you be willing to try another book from Karen Robards? Why or why not?

Have almost all of her books but this one was just okay

Did Laura Hicks do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

She was okay but still not better than the voices in my head when I read the books myself.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 04-21-12

Daft thriller

So this was daft, but it was fun! The wife is convinced her husband is two-timing her, so she enlists the help of a PI to catch him out. Of course the PI is a hunka chunka so she falls for him, but he has a previous history with the husband, so is he only using her?

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