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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; First Edition edition (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155166691X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551666914
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,596,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Although Hill's debut thriller owes much to the Gary Condit political scandal, she creates more than enough suspense to keep readers intrigued. April Wayne, 23, disappears without a trace while interning for California State Sen. Eric Barry. When the media learn that the senator was the last person to be seen with April and that the two were supposedly having an affair, he becomes their prime suspect. April's parents, Gloria and Jack Wayne, are shocked by the news of their daughter's disappearance and affair, which drives a wedge between them. Gloria becomes consumed with finding April, while Jack descends into a paralyzing depression. Senator Barry worries more about his next election than about April. Suzanne Barry, who has always been loyal to her husband, is overcome with doubt about their life together when she learns that he has been unfaithful. "He gives me one of his dazzlers across the table. I want to believe in the face, the eyes, the voice, but I can't." Suzanne's naivete is implausible, but Hill skillfully draws subtle parallels between Suzanne and Gloria as they both deal with their devastating anxieties and scolding consciences. The resolution may be a bit lurid for some tastes, but that won't make it any easier to put this page-turner down.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"As a novelist, Hill might be a newcomer, but this satisfying tale proves she's already way past the intern stage." -- M.J. Rose, bestselling author of Flesh Tones

"Whoa! Hold on tight. Engrossing, Provocative and haunting, Intern is a riveting combination." -- Mary Jane Clark, bestselling author of Nobody Knows

More About the Author

Bonnie Hearn Hill is the author of six thrillers--now available as e-books and audio books--a young adult astrology series and GHOST ISLAND, a paranormal romance. With Christopher Allan Poe, she wrote DIGITAL INK: Writing Killer Fiction in the e-book Age, a guide for writers.

She speaks at conferences across the country, leads a successful writing workshop in Fresno, CA, and mentors numerous writers.

Visit her on Facebook or at www.bonniehhill.com.

Customer Reviews

Bommie Hearn Hill is a great story teller.
Tim
Read the book, it will keep you guessing as to what happened and who did what!
Aphrodite
Highly recommended for a thrilling summer read.
Hazel Dixon-Cooper

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bill Lampton, Ph.D. on February 26, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For several weeks, I haunted Atlanta area bookstores, trying to find a copy of Intern. Repeatedly I heard, "We sold our last copy an hour ago." Once I read the book, I understood why the demand was so high.
When I first heard the title, my assumption was that the story was about physicians in training. However, soon I realized that "intern" took on new meaning during a recent Presidential term. With that in mind, I was not surprised that the book was about a testosterone-driven political leader.
Intern reminded me of Lord Acton's famous saying: "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." This novel reflects today's headlines in many ways. Politicians, super athletes, actors, musicians, and others who merit the term "icon" forget their vulnerability. Having received special treatment for most of their lives, they have escaped consequences that ordinary citizens would face. However, as in the case of Intern's central figure Eric Barry, a day of reckoning comes. Immunity vanishes. Lies and intrigue do not work any longer. A noose tightens, and exit doors close.
Possibly the book's strongest appeal lies in the realistic dialogue. Bonnie Hearn Hill has her characters speak to each other using genuine conversational style, quite unlike what we hear on soap operas or read in tabloids.
Although this is the first Bonnie Hearn Hill book I have read, it won't be the last. I will read what is available now, and anticipate the two books she writes annually.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dan on July 10, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The novel INTERN, written by Bonnie Hearn Hill, rips its plot from current media headlines. But the story is no rip-off. This book unites commercial fiction with literary by the author's ability to flesh out a known plot with fresh and perceptive characterizations.

We all know the story. April, the naïve young intern, falls in love with a power-hungry and kinky, oversexed senator, then disappears without a trace as if she never existed. The mother, Gloria, fights to make her daughter visible to the press and the police, while Suzanne, the typical politician's wife, struggles to keep her faith in her husband and their marriage. And the senator, as expected, cares only for his reelection.

What we don't know and what makes this book a compelling read are the people that Ms. Hearn Hill brings to life. It's their story we want and that's what she gives us with an amazing insight into each victim. And they are all victims of their own demons.

Each telling their story with their own unique voice, the thin-streamed plot thickens into a roaring river with twists and rapids that propel the reader to turn the pages with a frenzy. The only disappointment in this book is the actual whodunit. But who cares? That never was the point of this novel anyway.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tim on March 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Fans of Bonnie Hearn Hill know her as the gifted author of Huelga House and Johnnie Ray and Miss Kilgallen, and already respect her talent. Even they are in for an exciting surprise when they crack the spine on Intern. This is a compelling page turner that will keep you riveted with a story that unfolds constantly with new twists. Just when you think you have it figured out, she throws you another curve. If you can't read this straight through, cover to cover, it will drive you nuts to set it down. Bommie Hearn Hill is a great story teller. And don't miss the passing plug for her Best Friend and Main Squeeze - way to go, Bonnie.
Just don't get so caught up in the story that you miss the beauty of her writing. Bonnie Hearn Hill is a talented and skillful word artist. She deftly shifts points of view and tense as her characters develop and carry you along with their lives. As intriging as her story is, I found myself frequently stopping to reread passages from two pages previously because her writing is so good. What a great feeling to be caught up in a story and have to pure beauty of the writing sneak up and blow in your ear.
Personally. I can't wait for the next novel from this engaging new voice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book will hook you until the very end. It keeps you wondering what will happen next. Although ripped from the headlines, it doesn't disappoint. Bonnie Hearn Hill writes as though she understands each character and the motives that drives each, leading to a cohesive, spellbinding narrative. The different points of view make for exciting reading, without confusion. I highly recommend this book and Huegela House to any mystery reader.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Sausser on March 25, 2004
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An intern to a California State senator goes missing. It turns out the senator was having an affair with her. Sound familiar? This story seems to be loosely based on the Gary Condit and Chandra Levy story. The narration jumps around from one character to another, but once I got used to this style of writing, the story was easier to follow. I'm not normally a big fan of political thrillers, but Hill made this one interesting. The characters are complex and the dialog is especially well done. The story moves along at a good clip and there were frequent hooks to past secrets that kept me turning pages. There was a bit of graphic sex toward the end, which might not be for everyone. Even if the reader is not familiar with the Condit/Levy story, I think they will find this an interesting read.
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