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"I would recommend this book.  In fact, I'm going to add it to my Favorites List! It had me literally squealing and slapping my head at the end.  I was eating up the last chapters, frantically scanning the pages and trying to figure out what really happened." - Chick Lit Plus

"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

About the Author

Cynthia Hill is a graduate of Toronto’s York University (Theatre/English). She was the winner of the Scugog Council for the Arts Literary Competition (Prose) in 2010 for her story, “The Big Thought.” She has also written and edited for several websites and blogs. In her spare time, she works with many community theatre groups. Her website is at www.cynthiahillbooks.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466282037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466282032
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,148,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tina on November 28, 2011
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OK, ever since I got my Kindle, I have been downloading a variety of books from authors I have never heard of and have found some great reads.

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.
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I didn't really know what to expect when I pulled Idol Hands up on my kindle and I got a lot more then what I really thought I was going to get. I can't even begin to explain the emotions I went through while reading this. I planned on taking my time with this book, but the story pulled me in so bad that I felt like it was a race to get to the end. I NEEDED to know how things were going to work out. That doesn't happen to me very often, and I always enjoy it when a book does that to me.

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.
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This is a great start for first-time novelist Cynthia Hill. The novel is more than just a story about a woman's quest to reconnect with a first love. The strong first-person narrative draws the reader into Tara's world through her emotional struggles, disappointments and joys. Her present life seems so ordinary (if frustrating and difficult) and yet her journey is so extraordinary. Most surprisingly, and arguably most importantly, it's a psychological journey. Like all humans, she is deeply flawed, has hopes and dreams, and tries to cope in her own way with the life she has been dealt. The author captures all of these elements and builds them to a devastating conclusion -- one that sends the reader back to the beginning of the story again.

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.
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Really, really enjoyed this emotional rollercoaster of a book. True rating is 4.5 stars. It's written in diary form so its first person point of view which I enjoy but I know is a turn off for some people. All I can say is give this book a chance, it is worth the risk :)

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.
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