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Evolution of a Sad Woman: The Story of Kizzy Paperback – October 24, 2007
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Among many twists, turns, and discoveries they begin to unravel the life and death of the woman they all treasured and with every new revelation each mans future is changed forever....
WOW does not even begin to express how I feel about Evolution of a Sad Woman! This was an explosive debut novel by Gale Laure and one that held me spellbound until the last page. It immediately pulled me in and had so many different angles going at once that my fingers were ripping thru the pages trying to solve the mystery. Kudos to Gale for keeping me up well past my bedtime because once I started this book I couldn't sleep until I knew who killed Kizzy! This novel was so awesome that I never correctly was able to guess who done it! I was totally surprised!
What would compel a wealthy woman to plan such a death?
During her life, Kizzy had met five men whom she loved and trusted with the joy of her life. Her lawyer invited them to attend the reading of the will advising that they would inherit millions. Each came and relived their lives with the woman who was the love of the life of each, in turn. She asked them, in her handwritten will, to undertake a task to achieve something precious to her. First, they would have to discover the hidden joy of Kizzy's life. Kizzy left few clues.
The men from vastly different walks of life banded together to solve the mysteries, and seek revenge. In the course of their thrilling adventure, the men bond together in a shared love of Kizzy and the joy that she asked them to cherish.
Evolution of a Sad Woman is a thought-provoking story that is told masterfully. A reader cannot help but to want to meet Kizzy and experience what she gave to these men in the short time she was in their lives. Each had known a different woman. As usual with such well conceived and executed books, a reader's mind wanders to associate the story with life experience. In my case, I kept picturing a Marilyn Monroe character confused in life, not knowing where to turn, and finding peace finally, via her own hand, in another realm.
Thank you Gale for a wonderful read!
The best parts of this story are the five men who come together to solve Kizzy's murder. Each of them have vastly different backgrounds and personalities and Ms. Laure does the reader a great service by showing through flashbacks exactly how each of them came to know Kizzy and what part each played in her life. Their frictions and their flaws felt very real, as well as each man's deep desire to find out who killed this lovely lady of their past.
And despite being the victim in the story, Kizzy is as much a living, breathing character as any of the men who loved her. She is so well drawn, in fact, that finding out what happened to her and why became as important to me, the reader, as to those five men.
The plot was very well done, with the requisite red herrings thrown here and there but without feeling forced or cliched. With a few well thought out twists and turns, Evolution of a Sad Woman will keep you turning the pages, anxious to see where the story will take you and how it will play out.
Because of the well done character development and finely tuned plot, Evolution of a Sad Woman is more than just your cookie cutter detective story. Each man has a strong, tangible connection to the victim and so it becomes personal - - and the heart of that personal connection comes through the writing and the telling of the story, making it a strong read.
The downside of Evolution of a Strong Woman? A few portions of the dialogue felt a bit "written" to me and somewhat forced.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The minute I began this book I just knew I would be on the edge of my seat. The way the characters in this book are all brought together is magical. Read morePublished on March 8, 2012 by Sarah Thomas
EVOLUTION OF A SAD WOMAN
(The Story of Kizzy)
By Gale Laure [Sharlet Liebel Reviewed]
Author Gale Laure chose a nearly impossible murder mystery,... Read more
I bought this book because the plot sounded interesting. Unfortunately, I never made it past Chapter II. My biggest problem with the book is the lousy writing. Read morePublished on June 18, 2010 by NJ Shopper
This is a great book. I enjoyed it so much that I bought several copies to give out as Christmas presents this year. Read morePublished on December 27, 2009 by C. LeMaire
Review of Story Line:
This story line is great. It will grab you right from the beginning and never lets you go. Read more
Great book! Hard to believe it's a first for this author. Kept me interested from the first page. Good character development and great plot. Can't wait till for the next.Published on February 20, 2009 by Kelli Bourgeois
The character development and interaction was thoughtfully presented. The twists and turns were unexpected and unanticipated. I'd highly recommend this book to everyone!Published on February 2, 2008 by P. Wood