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The Secret of the Villa Mimosa

By: Elizabeth Adler
Narrated by: Monica Buckley
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Publisher's summary

A beautiful Jane Doe with no memory of who she is or how she got to the bottom of a treacherous ravine...and a psychiatrist who joins her on her search for her identity.

Dr. Phyl Forster was intrigued by the lovely woman who had been recovered from a San Francisco hillside and taken to the hospital where Forster was a resident psychiatrist. When Jane Doe regained consciousness, Dr. Phyl was at her side. It was then she realized that the patient had lost all memory of who she was or why she was in a hospital. Was it an accident, or was she, as Detective Franco Mahoney was beginning to suspect, the victim of attempted murder?

In an attempt to reconstruct her past, patient and doctor travel back in time across continents to Hawaii, Paris, and the South of France. It is a long and circuitous journey - one that leads to mortal danger and thrilling romance.

©2010 Elizabeth Adler (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Adler is expert at digging deep into her characters' psyches and showing what makes them tick. Her villain here is obvious but wonderfully portrayed-as are all the other characters in this well-plotted, entertaining work." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Into the dark side!

Even though it’s east to figure out the “who dun it” aspect of the book, there are so many twists to the plots within plots, I found it actually quite scary. Miss Adler knows how to reach into the dark side put it to use in her books. Not all are quite as dark as this one.

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Quit listening

Sadly, I wanted to enjoy the book but the consistent use of anguage offensive to me made me stop. I hate hearing the GD word.

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Doctors don't share patient information

No reputable doctor would share so much patient information. I liked the characters but the dialog often became annoyingly unrealistic.

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Good story

This is a good story. As with all of Elizabeth Adler's books, it has many layers with rich characters and lots of twists and turns. My only disappointment was: one of the main characters who is a famous psychologist seemed pretty stupid to me by continuing to stay in her situation. The first red flag, I would've been out of there in a New York minute and I'm not a famous psychologist. The second was the introduction of two young characters. I couldn't buy how smoothly everything went. Too much of a coincidence the antagonist happened to hook up with a character who had close connections with someone he knew . I could accept this more if he singled her out because of this, And really? A character going into a dangerous situation alone? Again, pretty stupid. But In spite of these things, it's still a very good story with a lot of strengthss

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Oh my goodness

What a great story. Very suspenseful. I loved this book and the characters were great.

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Good listen perennially

Good read, characters. Romance and mystery abound. Character is everything, when it comes to standing up to the fast balls life tends to toss our way.

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Not the best Elizabeth Adler

Would you try another book from Elizabeth Adler and/or Monica Buckley?

Yes, I have loved all her other books.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Expected

Which character – as performed by Monica Buckley – was your favorite?

Phil

Do you think The Secret of the Villa Mimosa needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Maybe

Any additional comments?

The "memory" sections were too long. Generally it was too wandering.

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Ran out of steam

The story is intriguing but it seemed like the author changed in the last 1/3 of the book and the connections were too neat and tidy. The audio recording/narrator was above par.

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