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Worse Than Being Alone [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Clark
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Worse Than Being Alone is a riveting tale involving multiple cons, a vicious murder, romance, betrayal, and escape as it vividly explores just how far all of us are prepared to go to avoid being alone.

Kitty and Roni are building their fledgling investigative agency by following workers' comp cheats. Every PI's dream of catching real criminals seems to be coming true when they begin to suspect one of their targets is engaged in more nefarious activities than just a bogus comp claim. Their cat and mouse game gets twisted when they realize they are the ones being stalked.

A personal and potentially lethal inquiry emerges after Roni's father marries a woman with a checkered past, and they fear he has found his Worse Than Being Alone. When their investigation points to a shady past involving a trail of life insurance payouts and dead husbands, they wonder if Dad has married a Black Widow or an extremely unlucky woman.

As that case boils over, along comes the most talented con artist of them all. After his angry employer hires them to check him out, Kitty and Roni slowly come to realize he has the makings of a master criminal. They uncover numerous identities along with multiple workers' comp claims. Then here are his almost daily trips to the same bank wearing different disguises.

Surprises abound as Kitty and Roni break up a sex slave ring, thwart a bank robbery, nab a shoplifter, and document a Black Widow's treachery. A sudden death leaves them stunned as they second-guess their activities, forcing them to confront a murderer.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3990 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J6RN0C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,353 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Didn't Hold My Attention September 14, 2012
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I put this book aside half-way through. Although I may pick it up at a later date and try it again, it was too disjointed for me to follow. I note the glowing reviews from other readers, and half to say the writer is clever with words, descriptive and has a good basic plot. Two childhood friends reunite and create a private investigation company that uncovers insurance fraud. What DID bother me was there was too much 'train of thought', so the story lacked (for me, anyway), the glue to keep me reading. It simply jumped around too much. And, since much of it was written in first person, sometimes I had to deduce from context whether Roni or Kitty was the active character in that particular sequence.

Everyone else seemed to love this book, so maybe I should chalk it up to a short attention span on my part? The writer went for witty, modern, and clever, but it just didn't work for me.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad July 13, 2013
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This book has an interesting premise and is an easy read. There were too many short, undeveloped subplots of extraneous characters that distracted from the main story. I was also distracted by the change in narration. Having one character tell her view of the story while we still got the omniscient narrator telling us everything else seems pointless. But the main story did keep my interest.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope it's a series. . . August 17, 2012
By Arkypam
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This is my first read from Patricia Clark but it won't be the last. The crime-solving duo found here are lovable, funny and smart. This book should appeal to any cozy mystery fan. There are enough sub-plots to hold your interest until the end. The book is well-written and edited. It doesn't appear that this book is part of a series, but I certainly hope it becomes so. A good lightweight summer read!
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hideous May 29, 2013
By rcdac
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I got WORSE THAN BEING ALONE by Patricia Clark based on the book's description and the numerous glowing reviews. I couldn't have been more disappointment. I really wanted to like this tale, it started with a great premise and promising characters and it was set in the St. Louis area. A place which I am very familiar but in the end I just couldn't like this story. Sadly, it had more to do with the story-telling than the story itself.

For starters I didn't care for the Prelude that Clark opened with, it seemed kind of amateurish to me. Clark then continues amateur hour by beginning the very second paragraph of the story with: "My name is Kitty Talty. Roni Edelin and I are the main characters in this saga." Talk about telling not showing. Both of these problems really made it hard for me to suspend disbelief and enjoy the story.

But the real kicker for me was that Clark constantly changed Point of View (POV). She starts telling the tale from Kitty's point of view in the first person then just when I started getting into the story and feeling some empathy for Kitty, Clark changes POV to Roni in the third person in Chapter Three. Then in Chapter five she switches back to Kitty in the first person. I'm sure Clark had a great artistic reason for constantly switching the POV from first person to third person but it diminished the story telling for me.

There is no way I can recommend WORSE THAN BEING ALONE.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok read June 23, 2013
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This was an ok read. I can understand how someone would go to great lengths not to be alone. It definitely pays to be more careful when making life changing decisions. This book is a great example of what can happen to an unsuspecting lonely person.

The book did jump around from first person to third person--kind of awkward to keep up with. I really didn't care for the ending. It would be an ok beach read.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars far fetched March 20, 2013
By zsazsa
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but enjoyable....i do not believe the fbi would blow off a serial killer. it was a brainless romp fun but not noteworthy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting twist May 27, 2013
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This was my first book by Patricia Clark. It is more than a 'cozy' but doesn't quite make a thriller. It would make a great beach read, if the sun ever shines!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun summer read May 30, 2013
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I just finished a licensing exam that I had been studying six months for and I just wanted to read something entertaining. This novel certainly is entertaining, it was fast enough and quite enjoyable because of the two female protagonists. It's perfect for summer vacation because it's compelling enough so that I wanted to keep reading, yet not too complex so that I could have the intellectual break I needed.
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More About the Author

Growing up in a family of ten children, Patricia Clark acquired a sense of humor and source of fodder for her stories. Her Aunts and Uncles also had large families so her extended family included a host of interesting characters and situations. Obsessed with all things medical, she became a Registered Nurse and worked in Emergency Room, Burn, and Intensive Care units. Later, she worked files as a Nurse Case Manager for Workers' Compensation Injuries. Creative writing classes stoked an interest in a second career. All of her books involve composites of patients, workers, colleagues, and situations based on her medical experiences.


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