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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460998243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460998243
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,994,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The arc of the story hooks the reader, masterfully building suspense.Despite the darkness, this is a well-crafted story and a fascinating modern spin on ancient Greek folklore. A deftly rendered tale of one woman's struggle to reconcile family secrets and her problematic marriage, while an ancient curse intervenes."--Kirkus Indie Review


"Ms. Bryant's style set its unrelenting claws into me until I finished her book. Bryant follows in Dean Koontz' footsteps with this psycho thriller. The Beautiful Evil is a cross between the idiosyncratic, quirky TV thriller "Twin Peaks" and Stephen King's "Dreamcatcher" --Leigh Anne Lindsey, Publisher, SEASTORM PRESS

About the Author

Robbi Sommers Bryant Vice President Of Redwood Writers published works include 4 novels, 5 short story collections and 1 book of poetry. Her work has been published in magazines including Readers Digest, Redbook, Cupido and Penthouse and included in several anthologies. After the sudden death of her 21-year-old son in the late 1990's, Robbi's passion and creative flame extinguished. She only began writing again last year. Robbi has recently retired as a dental hygienist. She has also worked as a licensed esthetician and a certified massage therapist. Once a disco dance teacher and tarot card reader/teacher, Robbi has dabbled in many of life's experiences. She is married and is the mother of three sons. Justin 1976-1997, Brian and Nick (twins, age 28.) The Beautiful Evil, a novel, is her first major work since her son passed.

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Robbi Sommers Bryant was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Ohio State University, school of dental hygiene. After graduating in the top ten of her class, Robbi went on to practice dental hygiene for over 30 years. Besides her dental hygiene career, Robbi also practiced as a certified massage therapist, licensed esthetician and a Creative Writing Coach--allowing her to teach artists to tap into their deeper creativity. Robbi now offers editing services--including TEMPO EDITING.

In 1987, Robbi began a prolific writing career. Know as a women's best-selling erotic writer, Robbi also wrote both fiction and non-fiction articles for such magazines as Redbook and Reader's Digest. One of her articles was opted twice by Movie of the Week companies. After the death of her 21 year-old son, Robbi's Creative flame extinguished for 13 years. Her psychological suspense, The Beautiful Evil, was her first novel since her son passed.
Her newest novella, Dream, has won 1st runner up in the Los Angeles Book Festival, and has won the IndePENdents seal of excellence in writing.It was a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review Best Books of 2013
Robbi is now the President of Redwood Writers, the largest branch of the California Writers Club.

THE FOLLOWING REVIEW FROM GOODREADS WENT MISSING SO I ADDED IT HERE:


The Beautiful Evil
by Robbi Sommers Bryant (Goodreads Author)
5.00 · rating details · 1 rating · 1 review
How well do you know yourself? If forced to either face your inner demons--escaping with a secured, inner peace or the possibility of complete emotional ruin -- how would you fare? The demons? They dwell in all of us. They watch us from our shadows. They ride us--oh, yes, they do--whispering in our ears, tempting us with our own darkness. In the end, many succumb. And you? The Beautiful Evil takes readers through the tumultuous consequences of one woman's journey into a dark, personal hell in the pursuit of passion, hope and serenity. Scarred by the death of her father at a young age, Constance is a heartbroken child with no place to turn for emotional support. Any discussion regarding her father's mysterious final days and his scandalous death are forbidden by her cold and distant mother, Madeline. Instead, Madeline dedicates herself to the mission of turning her daughter into a proper debutante. Madeline chooses Constance's friends, activities and clothing according to her rigid, high society standards. Devoid of self-expression, Constance's only true friend is her reflection in a bedroom mirror. Her adult life, however, proves to be just as passionless and controlled. Constance believes her life will stay this way forever, until a purchase of an antique vase changes everything. When Constance opens the vase, demons storm into her life. Like bloodthirsty parasites, they dig into her, quickly attaching themselves to her psyche; quietly sucking away her soul. But one of the demons, Tisiphone, befriends Constance--offering her a way out of her shut-down heart and emotionally bereft life. Desperate to feel anything, Constance's decisions catapult her into the shadowy world of untrustworthy men, illegal drugs and murder. In the mists of the wreckage, Constance finds herself staring into the abyss, forced to make one, final heart-rending decision if she is to find peace. A captivating thriller that will keep readers questioning reality until the final ultimate act, The Beautiful Evil is a surreal and tense journey into the darkest recesses of the human psyche.

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A well written, well paced, psychological thriller.
Minerva T. Balaguer
I reluctantly read the first few pages then I was hooked until the end!
Jeane Slone
Had it not ended the way it did I would've given it a 1 star rating.
joan allen

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By John Moser on August 9, 2011
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First off, Robbi Sommers Bryant is a master storyteller. This was the first fiction book I have read in over 12 years--I loved it.

With brevity I want to make some key points for readers contemplating buying this book:

1. Easy to read, but not light on anecdote, symbolism, and intrigue--sucks you in like the vortex of a tornado.

2. Vivid word pictures! Robbi paints a mosaic of images from the prose that captivate the imagination.

3. It's a "stealth" thriller. No heavy blood and gore, but more of what happens in our minds. Those silent thoughts we think nobody will ever know about.

4. Pacing is superb, she keeps the story moving with just enough "back story" to make you go, "Uh Huh...get it". I read it in three sittings.

5. Character development is well done, bravo there! I am a man and could see the world through the central character, Constance (a woman).

6. Unlikely twists and turns, it's not predictable!

7. Last comment, invoking spiritual component on every page.

In short, I'm a reader and writer of Non-Fiction business books and I loved "The Beautiful Evil" and you will too!

John
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Moe Jones on August 5, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Robbi S Bryant weaves classical myth into a modern woman's life, creating a story that is both elegant and haunting. Basically you're given a window to a lady's voyage into madness. At times disturbing, always entertaining, I would recommend this book to anyone in search of a great read. (without giving too much away, I will never look at a Greek urn the same way ever again)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeane Slone on August 25, 2011
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I generally do not like fantasy/thrillers. Robbi Sommers Bryant's, The Beautiful Evil, with an oxymoron for a title and a startling cover, begged me to buy this book!
Ms. Bryant's writing style is excellent, with realistic dialogue and characters. I reluctantly read the first few pages then I was hooked until the end!
Jeane Slone, author, She Flew Bombers and She Built Ships During WWII.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Schiariti on April 10, 2012
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This book reminds me very much of Sara Gran's 'Come Closer'. It's similar in that a character who's life is pretty structured, pretty consistent slowly but unarguably starts to slip away as they descend into madness...In Beautiful Evil the catalyst for the descent is a vase that Constance buys in a curio shop. Once she buys the vase nothing for her is ever the same again. She begins to walk on the dark side and begins to walk away from everything she's known for years..or everything she's thought she's known.

I had a few issues with the book that kept it from getting a higher rating.

First off, the main character. There really wasn't much about her that I actually liked. I didn't actively dislike her either. I guess I should say I was luke warm to her. To sum her up, she comes from money. She loves her father. Her mother, formerly poor who came into money by marrying Constance's father, was overbearing. Always belittling Constance and acting as if she were some kind of burden growing up. Constance seems to be able to do nothing but watch cartoons all day, even though it's never described what her husband does for a living. Also, Constance seems to complain a lot about people and how they treat and hide things from her when she's done some pretty awful things herself. I can't say much more without spoiling everything.

Secondly, I thought the book tended to be overly verbose at times. There are really only a handful of 'scenes' in the book and the author takes a while to tell them. In the end it seems like it's rambling. It's not that the writing is bad. The writing is good. Sometimes it's as if Bryant decided to take the long way around on the trip.

As far as the ending, I feel as if nothing is ever resolved.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sam on February 29, 2012
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This was interesting enough to keep me entertained till the end and Constance was a good character to try to catch hold of. Her trip away from the world she lives in to the "darker" side was an interesting road. But all in all, I was never sure if the fairies were supposed to be real or in her head and for some reason that bothered me. I felt I was reading sci fi for awhile and then back to madness and I didn't like the switch. I found myself hoping for the end much sooner than I would have liked. Not bad, overall, but not great.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 27, 2012
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But I just couldn't seem to. Yes Bryant does a great job of allowing you to see the characters, maybe that is my issue. I got maybe 1/4 through and could not stand the main character. I rarely quit on a book but I had to toss this aside. If I pick it up later and feel better about the book I will update. Good writng, it was the story I wasn't into if that helps.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Krisi Keley on March 2, 2012
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Haunted by the death of her father, whom she lost at only five years of age, and ever since then feeling unloved and unappreciated by her secretive and domineering mother, Constance Jacobson has grown up to be an emotionally distraught woman with little sense of self or self-esteem. Rebelling against the husband she believes no longer cares for her and determined to be master of her own destiny, she gets her wish in a frightfully fateful way when she becomes obsessed with a Grecian vase she sees in a curio shop window and decides she must have it at any cost. But once this Pandora's Box is opened and Constance's inner demons are set free, her terrible choices lead her into a darkness that may be even worse than insanity.

One of the most hypnotically disturbing novels I've read in years, The Beautiful Evil brings a depth and horror to the story of Pandora's Box (jar) that I never felt to read the original Greek myth. Mixing a modernized story of Pandora with some further Greek mythology, as well as with other subtle spiritual symbolism and philosophy/theodicy, this is a powerful and frightening novel that will not only keep you guessing as you read, but probably contemplating it long after.

**Possible spoilers**
As the story begins, the main character, Constance, seems to be a paradoxical personality, both self-hating and prideful - arguably not as an unusual and impossible contradiction as it sounds (and some might suggest, the very defect behind the fall of Lucifer and of man - but I won't get too theological because the novel is more subtly sinister and not overtly religious at all).
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