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Idol Hands Paperback – September 30, 2011
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Deliver Her: A Novel
The mother of a grieving teenager makes a decision that may shatter their family forever. Learn More
"I was highly entertained, intrigued and held in suspense, never able to guess what would happen next. It tackles serious issues and makes the reader think. If you read this expecting a typical romantic comedy, expect to have your mind blown." - Change the Word
"How do you write a review for a book that left you completely mind blown? How do you tell someone how much you liked a book when your jaw is on the floor but your mind is so blown that you forget how to pick your jaw back up?" - Book Drunkard
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Idol Hands was a great book, but it defnitely left me very, very disturbed. I finished it on Saturday and I am still thinking about it.
I have read the other reviews some of which state that the author 'came up with a tidy endin'. I have to ask if we all read the same story?
While I thoroughly enjoyed the story of a woman who is desperately unhappy and finds herself looking towards her past and her boy band ex boyfriend as a way out, I also found this story offered up layers and layers of varied emotions - from innocent infatuation to prositution and stalking - with everything in between.
It is difficult to review this book without giving away some serious spoilers, but let's just say that this is not the innocent little love story I thought it was going to be. This is a very, very complexe story that leaves you thinking about your reality and how you and other people can perceive it.
As for the 'tidy ending' - not so much. While many reviewers may have figured it out, I am still wondering what the truth really was.
Nonetheless, this is one powerful read.
Its written in diary style, and I was a little nervous about that. . . I tend to get to pulled into a story and its hard for me to remember dates, but it didn't make a difference to me once things really started going. In my opinion this book wouldn't have worked half as good if it was written in a different style.
Its such an emotional story and I found myself really feeling for Tara. The things she did and put herself through to try and make her dream of a perfect love come true were truly heartbreaking at times. I had a couple of mixed thoughts through out the read. First I could identify with her feelings of not going anywhere in life. I think everyone at one (or more) times sits backs and thinks "Is this what I really want for myself, did I make the right choices in life?" But like me, most people start thinking of all the good that has happened for them, give a shrug of the shoulders and a little smile and continue on. Then I thought that maybe she was going through a mid-life crisis, and just needed a break to find herself or maybe get some closure on some things. These two thoughts waffled back and forth almost the entire read for me. Towards the end (and I'm trying to not give anything away) I started to guess that what I was thinking wasn't really the case with Tara.Read more ›
On a lighter note, every decade, there is the inevitable music idol that fans go crazy-silly for. Here, Hill pays homage to the cotton candy boy bands of the late 80s, 90s, 2000s -- (perhaps one band in particular? :)) with little details that will take many readers in their 20s, 30s, and 40s back to their teenage years. In that way, she shows that many of us have a little bit of Tara in ourselves.
Tara is a 32 year old married woman, fed up with where she is in life and unable to see things getting any better. One night she watches an interview with an ex band member and old flame from her favourite band from her teenage years. What he says in that interview is a trigger for her to do something radical to change the direction her life has gone in.
I think the less you know about this book before you start reading, the better. Just hop right in, strap up tight and prepare for a wild ride. Tara is character that got under my skin and I wanted to shake her, warn her to stop taking so many risks but most of all I wanted to give her a big hug. By the end of the story, I really cared about her, I wanted her to catch a break and have her happy ending even if I couldn't figure out how that could possibly happen. The fact I felt so strongly for Tara, I think speaks volumes for how skilfully the author has drawn her and how totally engrossed in Tara's world that I became. And that ending...all I can say is wow!
Highly recommended to all who like psychological, mind bender books!
Thanks to Cynthia Hill for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had the privilege of reading this book to review it for the author. I say privilege because I really enjoyed this read. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Kristine
Thank you Cynthia Hill for sending me your debut Idol Hands.
Do you remember the boy band that you had a crush on in your teens? Read more
Thank you to Cynthia Hill for providing me with a free copy of Idol Hands in exchange for fair and honest review. Read morePublished on October 30, 2012 by Kindle Crack Book Reviews
I wasn't sure how I would feel reading a book in diary format. But you know what? I kinda liked it. I found myself unable to put the book down; it kept demanding me to read 'just... Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by Mandy @ I Read Indie
I absolutely could not put this book down! I finished it in about 1 or 2 days, and stayed up well into the middle of the night reading! Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by Missy
Once I started reading this book...I could not put it down. The storyline kept me interested and excited to come back and finish.Published on September 8, 2012 by Molly A. Kimmerle
I had written a review about this earlier today, but I don't know what happened to it. So I will just start over again. If the other suddenly magically reappears, oh well! Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Mindy Ann Clark
I brought this book for my new kindle and read it in a few hours.I found the book to be very dark,and the ending was well...... Read morePublished on March 2, 2012 by Elizabeth Glynn
I honestly didn't think I would enjoy this book after reading the preview.....but it wasn't at all what I expected. It's not a cute little boy band love story. Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by Cindy