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Tell Me When It Hurts [Kindle Edition]

Christine Whitehead
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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: 418 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982294603
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081LCO9K
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MISLEADING but good December 1, 2012
By tbee
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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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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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5 of 5 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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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story about healing June 18, 2012
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I loved the story. I like stories that start with the tragedy and then slowly try to build the lives back to where they should have been and this story does just that - that's probably a big part of where the comparison to The Horse Whisperer comes from. Archer struggles to find a reason and a will to live after her daughter died and I loved going on her journey with her. Every part of it seems real and Connor's reluctance to push her into who he wants makes him a really great match for her.

I loved both Archer and Connor. Archer, at her lowest in life, is a character that I just want to hold and tell that everything will get better. Connor, who's kind of drifting through life, doesn't get a lot of characterization - most of the book is told from Archer's perspective - but we see his loyalty and love for both his ranch and for Archer. I also really liked the secondary characters, especially the character of Peter. At first he comes across as a kind of bastard, but he really does have a heart. I love him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 13 days 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 21 days 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 27 days 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 28 days ago by Judith Tulloch
5.0 out of 5 stars Tell Me When It Hurts review. Excellent, Excellent
I liked everything about the book. I would recommend it to everyone. A great had absolutely NO SEX. It was well written and touching. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mysti
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book
A great story with lots of heartbreak and hope. An amazing story of finding the courage to go on living and learning to love again.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good with a few strange plot angles (minor spoilers) 3.5 stars -...
Overall I enjoyed this book more than I would have thought. It was engaging and thought provoking, the author revealed things at a nice rate to not create too much anxiety, but not... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ReadingMama
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I am not much into mushy romance, but this is an exception. To be able to write a book with such skill to make the reader life or cry the years to have to wait for them to clear... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly amazing!
There was something of everything in this book.
Sure, it started a bit slow and the throwbacks to a past life and conversations were a bit confusing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow !
This was a free book so you really never know. As a life long reader with an average of 5 books a week I have read a lot of books in various genre. Read more
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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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