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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon July 7, 2005
Nicky Sullivan is a cub reporter and correspondent for the "24-Hour Investigates" news magazine (think 48-Hours), and is out to prove herself so she can attain her goal of co-host on a New York based morning news program. Sometimes her ambition clouds her judgment and sense of safety. In her hometown of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, a grisly unsolved mystery still haunts the residents. With the help of her psychic mother, she plans a live on-air seance to bring the dead teens back to solve the crime on national television. The problem is her psychic mom is blocked. But the show must go on, despite protestations of the town mayor and harried new police chief, Joe Franconi. Joe has his own set of issues, including discussions with a long-dead friend, Brian. Soon, another murder with the same MO occurs, and it looks like Nicky is another of the intended victims.

From the moment they meet, Joe is attracted to Nicky. She, on the other hand is quite surly since no one gets in her way of the story, even to the detriment of an on-going police investigation. Joe does his best to protect her, but she won't have it - she has to be at the crux of the action. He'd have been better off letting the killer take care of her. I never really felt like the connection was there on her end - she seemed to be using him to further her career, so the romance was lukewarm. Joe has a checkered past, which threatens his new position in the wrong hands (i.e., an ambitious reporter).

The story meanders for quite some time, then tosses in lots of last minute plot twists, and an implausible turn of events that makes you go "huh?" to end the story abruptly. The most interesting characters were Joe and Cleo the pork-eating pig (the scene where they are caught on camera is hysterical). The writing is clunky, the plot boring and drawn out, and the psychic aspects just overused. I wasn't too impressed - I expect a bit more from a Karen Robards thriller.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Nicole Sullivan is a host for a show similar to one on Court TV. She returns to her home island to investigate a 15 year old murder. She is hoping to revive a dying career. Her mother is a psychic and she wants to televise her mother trying to contact the spirits in the murder house.

Joe Franconi is the Police Chief of the Island. HE is a burnt out cop who got wounded when a bust went bad. He does not expect a murder to happen on his little island. He and Nicky seem to get together very quickly.

This sounds like a good plot, but beware, Nicky is a media vulture, out for the fame. And Joe is just burnt out. I wait a year for each new Karen Robards book and I was disappointed. The first 350 pages try to get you to empathize with the main characters, the last 65 you get all the action and explaination and let say it was not worth it.

With everyone seeing ghosts and old or possibly new murderers doing their best to kill Nicky, she is struggling for her 15 minutes of fame to catch the notice of a Morning News Show looking for a co-host. Joe is trying to live with a ghost he keeps seeing from his last bust. There was a great potential here for a great book. But the ending is so simple and straight forward ( even with two murderers ) that you just feel let down.

I could have had better feelings for the book if our two main characters had a little more character or integrity. The fact that they both got their best outcome was beside the point. I have been able to find something in everyone of Karen's previous characters. But Nicky was a total selfish fish. This one did not do it for me. Like I always say different strokes for different folks, so you may like it. But these are my thoughts and I hate to pay so much for a book and be let down. How about you?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 28, 2006
It took me a bit of time to get into this book, as the author has a tendency to get a bit wordy and extensive on some less than critical descriptions at the beginning, but after a while, I started to feel closer to the characters and get more into the story. Once the story really gets going, the action picks up and you begin to get drawn in much more. I will agree with other reviewers that Joe and Cleo the pig are the most interested characters in the book. While this was not the best Karen Robards novel I've read, it was still good enough to keep me going through to the end and feel basically satisfied.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2005
The plot was great and this could have been a wonderful book, but the main female lead, Nicky, was TSTL (Too Stupid to Live). Why is it that reporters, particularly female reporters, in novels lately are portrayed as soulless, self involved, arrogant creatures who will use anyone and anything to get to the top? Even though Nicky is the target of a serial killer she uses one of the most inane lines rampant in literature and life; "I can take care of myself!" No, you can't. No one can take care of themselves all the time, in every situation and thinking that you can will get you killed. It's kind of hard to believe that Nicky, a regular average woman, can go against a knife wielding serial killer and come out the winner. Why isn't she smart enough to assume the worst and act accordingly? This killer has her next on his list so why go running around alone ringing the dinner bell and putting everyone else in danger?

She leaked information that she got from the police in a very underhanded way, completely compromised a police investigation, and used her relationship with the sheriff to snoop.

The sad truth is that because of Nicky's actions several people died brutally, including a police officer trying to protect her. She knew this could happen but apparently other peoples lives don't matter to her. Yet, she never felt one bit of guilt, nor did anyone else mention it. Apparently everything was acceptable if it furthered her career.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2006
This book was so mediocre, it's hard to know where to start. The female protangantist wasn't quite likable. At times, she seemed too stupid to live. She's a journalist who broadcasts all the police leads that she comes across (even though this comprises the investigation of a serial killer) under the guise of "if I don't report it someone else will" - I believe this lack of morals is why everyone is disgusted with the media today. The ending was surprising - I was clearly surprised that all the loose ends would be so unbelievably tied up. Below par for Miss Robards.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2005
I was really disappointed with Karen Robards latest tale. I have read ALL of her books and I have never been disappointed before. Neither one of the characters did it for me, especially Nicky. She was just a little bit too gungho, ruthless and kinda pushy. She was also either stupid or had a death wish seeing as how she just didn't seem to care all that much about her welfare during most of the book. She kept taking crazy chances and came back to the island where she was attacked and almost killed all in the name of her job. It's great that she was ambitious and wanting to further her career, but that chick needed a help group for workaholics. Also I didn't like the way the story touched on the fact that she had psychic abilities as a child, but repressed them and then when she experienced psychic phenomena as an adult it went nowhere and wasn't mentioned again. The logical conclusion to that(to me at least)is that she would have once again begun to have psychic visions and such, being that she was no longer repressing and was pretty well open to the whole seeing ghosts thing. The whole plot just didn't seem well thought out and the ending was just a little to quick also.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2007
I agree with the other reviewers who touched on the fact that Ms. Robards dragged the story at a snail's pace by cramming even the most insignificant of sentences full of ridiculous descriptions. Considering she took forever building up the suspense, the ending seemed outrageously short.

I did like certain aspects of the plot, I even liked the main characters and their relationship development but boy did this novel just not live up to its potential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2008
I think what killed the book for me is when one of the characters had their hands handcuffed behind their back and yet still managed to reach into the front pocket of their pants.

Soft Porn? Some of the descriptions were a bit too much, many of them focussed on Nicky's upper body. Nicky seemed to be in heat throughout most of the book!

Authors - Adjectives are good when used judiciously. However using adjectives to modify other adjectives does not mean you have command of the language.

This book had a variety of plot potholes that should have been patched during the final edit. Shame on you editor.

Finally I would describe the ending of this book as probably the best example of deus ex machina ever.

Let see, Southerners check, girlfriends with kids check, pet pigs check, island check, extended family all under one roof check, psychics check, smartass reporter from Chicago check, hunky chief of police with checkered past check. I think that about covers it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2013
Has mix of everything from paranormal to dysfunctional family to betrayals and romance. Once started reading I did not want to put it down
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The book started out great with the mysterious murder of 3 teenage girls. If Robards would have written a novel about their mysterious deaths instead of a psychic, cheesy romance between Nicky (investigative reporter) and Joe (jaded cop) and an out there, convoluted serial killer plot, I think I would have liked the book better. Although I must say, there were a couple of suspenseful parts in the novel which I did enjoy. They came and went amongst a lot of unnecessary descriptive writing about the beach, the wind, the moon, Joe's muscular chest, Nicky's red hair, and a pet pig. And the sex scenes were not that great. She basically threw herself at him, which in my opinion doesn't exactly make good erotica. Don't waste your time on this book. A Lifetime movie is a better way to spend your time.
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