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One morning while teenage Grace Maclean is riding Pilgrim, her goofy, loveable pony, she has a horrendous glass-shattering, bone-splintering, ligament-lynching meeting with a megaton truck that leaves her and her four-legged friend damaged in mind, body, and spirit. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, her jaded, brilliant, bitchy mom, Annie Graves (Kristin Scott Thomas in the 1998 film) is working out a wrinkle in her self-absorbed existence when she gets a call at her plush, Manhattan office about Grace's accident. Racked with guilt, Graves makes it her calling to find the mythical horse whisperer, an equine Zen master who has the ability to heal horses (and broken souls) with soothing words and a gentle touch. Just when it seems he can't be found, what do you know, she finds him. He arrives in the form of Tom Booker-- a rugged, sensitive, dreamy cowboy who helps Pilgrim and Grace repair their fractured selves. To add more mesquite to fire, Booker has a way with not-so-injured, attractive, married women--like Annie. As the plot thickens, so does the familial strife, which threatens to undo Booker's healing work.
Like an expert cinematographer, Evans deftly crafts each scene with precision and clarity, sprinkling in ominous signs and foreboding images. For example, in the opening paragraphs, as Annie starts out on the tragic ride, she comes across a bloody bird wing that seems to have fallen out of nowhere. The weight of impending doom is further strengthened by the truck driver's bad luck--he has a run-in with the highway patrol just moments before his meeting with Grace and Pilgrim. These not-so-subtle subliminal messages are masterfully stitched in throughout the story and may compel readers to act as if they were watching a B-grade horror movie, shouting aloud, "Don't go there!" However sentimental, The Horse Whisperer is an engaging read, sort of like a finely tuned, well-edited film. --Rebekah Warren
In the recent past I have ordered this as an book on CD and was sent a paperback. Not happy.Published 1 month ago by Tim Luttrell
I liked the part about the horses, but didn't enjoy some of the characters or the ending of the book.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The reason I didn't like it was because it was revised. I wanted the one read by Coyote , I was really disappointed.Published 2 months ago by Arlene Longnickel
Amazing book! This is the first time I've read it, and I can't wait to reread it. It opens you up for all the feelings it shows and you in turn enter the book and become part of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kazla
The book is so much better than the movie....more detail about the horsePublished 2 months ago by B
The horse whisper touches the heart and soul. It is a love story on so many levels. The love of a horse and his owner, parent and child, husband and wife, man and animals, man and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Janet Dianne Richardson
I always like Nicholas Evans and this book did not disappoint. An enjoyable, easy read.
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It was a good book and I enjoyed reading it. It only took me three days to read it. I am going to be reading more books from NIchols