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Tell Me When It Hurts [Kindle Edition]

Christine Whitehead
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Archer Loh, Seven Sisters grad and Olympic-level rider, has been groomed as a government assassin. First in her class, she’s a prime asset to her agency. However, she rejects the opportunity to kill for “the good guys” and instead embraces the quiet life of suburban lawyer, wife, and mother. Her violent apprenticeship remains her secret.

When her only child is murdered and the killer goes free on a technicality. Archer Loh ditches family, career, friends, and horses, to define her own agenda and brush up on her rusty lethal skills. At her darkest ebb, Connor McCall, Harvard-educated financial baron turned Wyoming sheep rancher, stumbles into Archer’s life and everything changes.

Editorial Reviews


La Femme Nikita meets The Horse Whisperer in this superb thriller/romance. --Patti Ann Bengen, The Devil's Dance

Tell Me When It Hurts weaves together the lives of two damaged achievers--Archer, who has lost her daughter through a violent assault, and Connor, who has lost his daughter through passive neglect--each working through loss, despair and, ultimately, redemption. A terrific story. --Amber Ellis, Alta Fay's Allegiance and Running Mad

Equal parts Daniel Silva and Danielle Stee. Clever, well-plotted, with unforgettable characters. This thriller is destined to be a cinematic masterpiece. --Stephen F. Medici, Adverse Selection

About the Author

Christine M. Whitehead is a graduate of Smith College and UCONN law school. She lives on a farm in Connecticut with her dogs and horses and practices divorce law in Hartford. This is her first book.

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  • File Size: 387 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081LCO9K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MISLEADING but good December 1, 2012
By tbee
Format:Kindle Edition
OK so I'm writing this just because I think the information given about this book is very misleading and that can be disappointing. When I read the blurb of this book I honestly thought I was getting a kick ass assassin thriller which is not the case, it's more romance and finding ur place and where u fit in life after tragedy takes everything away from u, it's emotional and heartbreaking and even heartwarming! Not really my kind of book overall and there were times I thought about not continuing, however I did finish it and thought it was basically a good read, well written and great characters, I'm just wanting to warn, that if you're expecting an assassin chick taking her revenge on the world, that is not what u are getting! That only plays a very very small part of the book and is only gone into a few times. Overall I didn't mind the book -would never have read it if the blurb had been more accurate, so I suppose there's that- just wish it was more like what i was lead to believe it was about
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tell Me When It Hurts by Christine Whitehead November 24, 2009
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Plot instantly captures the reader with tragic loss, suspense and drama of one mother's sharp shooting determination. Fast moving and well written, all characters show intimate feelings one can grasp throughout. She cautiously comes out of hiding when she meets her match in her own back yard preserve. Their lives, and their beloved dogs and horses romp in nature's beauty as they grow together. Her carefully drawn out vision takes on the promise for happiness when her actions speak volumes about patience and commitment.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first in a new series. February 9, 2010
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Character development is everything in a romance novel. If the characters do not have believability then the story cannot work. This book has believability. The reader can relate to Archer and Connor because their actions, reactions and feelings ring true to the reader's experiences even if those experiences do not rise to the level of tragedy that afflicts Archer.
This novel has action, romance and believability. Well written and a "good read", it is a tale fit for the big screen. I look forward to more from Ms. Whitehead.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By H. Bohl
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The book description really does NOT resemble the book at all. It sounds like you'd be meeting a kick-ass assassin; instead you are reading about the thoughts of a woman who cannot get over the loss of her daughter. I was waiting for 200 pages for something to happen, then suffered through the last 100 since I already got so far ... and was still hoping for something to happen! The love story was somewhat intriguing, but just not what I expected.
It's probably a good book for somebody who looks for romance and loves people finding themselves after a tragedy, but if you are looking for suspense with a hint of romance - look somewhere else!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intense and emotionally powerful story! November 16, 2009
By BetsyL.
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An outstanding first novel by an exciting new author! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Once in a while you come across characters that stay with you long after you've finished a book. Archer Loh and Connor McCall are such characters. The hallmark of a good book is that you care about what happens to the characters--and you care about Archer and Connor. Watching Archer struggle with the pain of the loss of her daughter and her ultimate ability to overcome these emotions makes this richly conceived novel a "must read".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would Make Great Movie! November 27, 2012
When I read that Tell Me When It Hurts was the 2009 Readers Favorite Honorable Mention Winner for Fiction - General, I wasn't the least bit surprised. I don't know the competition for that but I do know that this novel was one that I truly enjoyed reading. One of the reasons for me was that the author allowed readers to enjoy and watch a new relationship develop--and sex played such a little part... No jumping into bed right away because the book is only so long. LOL

Seriously, it was refreshing to watch a relationship develop slowly while the two characters took their time getting to know each other, to have fun together, and to begin to share about their lives. And they both had heartache in their pasts to keep them just as skittish as their horses could be at times!

And for this couple, Archer Loh especially, there was much in her life that she had to deal with. In order to live with the trauma, she withdrew from her life and bought a cabin up in the hills and woods. Hmmm, that sounds like exactly what I did, and am still living in my cabin!

But Archer had experienced something far worse than most of us. Her young daughter had been murdered...

So Connor, seeing the cabin as simply the house next door, even though he was living in a tent, came knocking on her door, friendly-like...LOL Let's just say that Archer was not ready to invite him in...

But when he was away from his tent, she had discovered that he had brought a horse with him, a pinto that she quickly made friends with and began to visit while he was gone.

Connor owned a sheep farm in another state but was there to check out about 300 acres adjacent to Archer's cabin. He was there to walk the land and see if he would use or sell it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pick a genre and stick with it, would you? May 3, 2013
By Domino
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This book couldn't pick a genre, it tried to be all of them and didn't really succeed. It started well, a couple whose only child is murdered and the killer is free on a couple of technicalities. The Mom, Archer, has a chance to rectify that through a secret organization.
Then flash to Archer's past, she is a government trained assassin. So why did she need this organization again? The government has been keeping tabs on her all these years, but they don't know she belongs to this vigilante group?
Either one of these avenues would have made for an exciting book.
But suddenly FLASH we are suddenly in the middle of a cowboy romance. Archer is now divorced, living in a cabin in isolation. Enter handsome cowboy who inherits the property next door and is living in a tent on it while he decides if he will keep it or sell it. He has a truck and a horse trailer but he couldn't afford at least a pop up camper? He rides in to rescue her from the deadly sprained ankle (golly I wonder if he killed a few spiders for her too?) and his planned stay of a couple of weeks turns into months.
I still gave this book three stars. It is well written. The character development was good. I was just disappointed that it bounced around like a ping pong ball between genres and ended up on the romance version.
PREMISE: Good CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: Good STORY DEVELOPMENT: Not good, too many things left unaddressed, no eye for the details of plot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful romance
this is a beautiful romance story about to very scared people who find love for a second time. I enjoyed how Christine took us on a lovely journey as the characters grew together... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Coughey
3.0 out of 5 stars It hurts
The biggest problem I had with the book was that it had very little to say and was written like a movie script. The plot was superficial, as was the nature of the characters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by catherine h rowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with the past
Pain and turmoil are the basis of this story. The struggle to let go of past pain and heartache in order to rejoin the living shows how rebirth can be accomplished. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bookworm
1.0 out of 5 stars It never hurt. Great resd
A great book. Took lots of turns. Couldn't put it down
Published 4 months ago by Felicia May
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
this is about how one woman learns to live after the brutal murder and sexual assault of her young daughter.
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Captured my interest from the beginning to the end. Very well written.
Published 5 months ago by Donna Daniels
4.0 out of 5 stars Not unexpected
I enjoyed this author's writing style. Characters were developed. I thought I knew what would happen in the end but there was always a little bit of doubt... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pgj
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I enjoyed the book. The pain of losing a child to violence was reflected and understood. You continue to want Archer to find peace. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lisa Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming
Loved every word and moment of this book. The author pulled at your heart strings through every chapter, every sentence.
Published 7 months ago by Renee Geremia
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I absolutely loved this book, more so than I thought I would after reading the Book Description. The Book Description is good, but I just thought it would be just an enjoyable... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Judith Tulloch
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More About the Author

I'm a life-long resident of New England and a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. I attended the University of Connecticut Law School and have practiced divorce law in Hartford, Connecticut for over twenty-five years. My books always have dogs and horses and romance in them as all three are my passions. My novel Tell Me When It Hurts is about second chances and healing.

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