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Prior Bad Acts (Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska)
Prior Bad Acts (Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska)
by Tami Hoag
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE NOVELS EVER WRITTEN!, April 2, 2007
"Prior Bad Acts" is not only the best literary masterpiece to date by Tami Hoag, but one of the best psychological suspense novels of all time. This book rates in the same top-notch category as "Hannibal" and the suspense novels of James Patterson. There are lots of potential suspects in this one, each with his own motive to cause harm to the "tough as nails judge." However, the reader can never be too sure who is innocent or who is guilty until the final pages. This book has it all - intrigue, psychological suspense, mystery, murder and, by the end of the story, even a budding romance.


Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
by John Berendt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.63

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book!, February 12, 2007
If you saw the movie, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil", you may have come away feeling mildly disappointed. If it had not been for the Lady Chablis, the rather lengthy movie would have been a wipe-out. However, the book is a real winner. The characters are strong, well-developed and expanded upon in much greater detail than the movie. As for the Lady Chablis, what can one say?? She has this terrific sense of humour that simply grasps the reader's attention from start to finish. The book paints a picture of Savannah like no other, and never has a murder mystery included so many eccentric, hilarious people. If you loved the character of Lady Chablis as much as I did, you might also want to read her autobiography, "Hiding My Candy." Both are excellent books.


Where or When  : A Novel
Where or When : A Novel
by Anita Shreve
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IF WE COULD TURN BACK TIME..., February 2, 2007
Anita Shreve writes with compelling emotion and passion about real life events. In "Where or When," Charles and Sian try to recapture their youth 31 years later. Both are married; Charles with three children, Sian with a daughter. The passion they feel for each other is raw to the bone and real, so very real. Shreve has the ability to produce in the reader, "the thrill of the moment," - the passion, longing, the never-ending love they feel. However, the reader also shares the fear and hurt the affair ultimately leaves in its wake. In many ways, this book reminds me of "Message in a Bottle" by Nicholas Sparks. The plot of " Where or When" is entirely different than Sparks', but the pain and loss equally as intense. Charlies' and Sian's "time in the sun" is a classic story of a bittersweet affair where no one wins and in the end, everyone loses.


Eden Close
Eden Close
by Anita Shreve
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.50
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT ONE OF SHREVE'S BEST, January 31, 2007
This review is from: Eden Close (Paperback)
Although Anita Shreve is one of my favourite authors, I disliked "Eden Close" immensely. The plot dragged on to the point it seemed the book would never end, and the characters were weak, boring and passive. As I read the outline of the book, it left me with the feeling the book would be somewhat of a thriller but, alas, this was not to be. The book could have been summed up in 50 pages or less. We found out little about Eden until well into the book, and her friend, Andrew, seemed to be front and centre. Shreve has many fine books on the market, particularly the Pilot's Wife, Strange Fits of Passion, etc. "Eden Close" lacked emotion and purpose. This was Shreve's first novel, written in 1989; thankfully her writing skills have improved enormously since then. Skip this novel, read her more recent books.


Strange Fits of Passion: A Novel
Strange Fits of Passion: A Novel
by Anita Shreve
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.34
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONCE READ, THE TERROR OF ABUSE STAYS WITH YOU., January 31, 2007
"Strange Fits of Passion" is definitely one of Shreve's best books. I have read all of her novels and became lost in all of them, with the exception of "Eden Close" which left me feeling as if the book was a waste of time.

The plot in "Strange Fits of Passion" is definitely not an original one. An abused wife runs away from home with her infant daughter, finds friendship and acceptance in a rural town in Maine where she lives in a cottage by the sea, in constant fear of her husband finding her. The climax is fairly predictable from early on in the book, but there is something haunting about Shreve's writing that keeps the reader's interest from start to finish. Shreve has a unique writing style and the themes of her books stay with you after the pages have been read. The reader feels a part of it all - the fear, love, passion, sadness and joy the characters in her novels portray. Great book, easy read.


True Evil: A Novel
True Evil: A Novel
by Greg Iles
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FANTASTIC, EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT THRILLER!, January 23, 2007
This review is from: True Evil: A Novel (Hardcover)
True Evil is one of the best suspense novels on the market today. Greg Iles surpasses his previously acclaimed success with this one. The story contains it all - betrayal, murder, suspense, a medical thriller and a romance. Who ever thought cancer cells could be injected into victims as a means of murder? Not only is the book well written but the medical research undertaken by the author is nothing short of amazing. The plot is original, and the characters are strong and well developed. In my opinion, this is Iles' best novel since "24 Hours." The book is lengthy but so extremely captivating you will not want to put it down. Kudos for Iles!


Hannibal Rising
Hannibal Rising
by Thomas Harris
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One star is too many..., January 8, 2007
This review is from: Hannibal Rising (Hardcover)
For readers who loved this author's previous books, i.e. Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, this one is a complete flop. The story is based around Hannibal Lecter's childhood, but the reading is nothing short of mundane, boring and a huge disappointment after his earlier books. This book is definitely not a thriller or one of psychological suspense; it is just plain dull and a challenge to continue from start to finish. It almost seems as if the author wanted to come up with a new novel and was relying on his previous track record to carry this one to the top of the charts. Thumbs down all the way on this one. Harris is a brilliant author, but whatever made him think this one was worth putting on paper, or that it could even beging to compare with his other works, is beyond me.


The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
by Bill Bryson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.54
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AH....HOW SWEET IT WAS!, October 27, 2006
This is not your typical memoir by it sure does bring some laughs and memories of times gone by. Dick and Jane books - don't forget about Spot. The 50's and 60's were the years of freedom, love and good times, even if a few of those times as teenagers did get us into a wee bit of trouble now and then. If you are old enough to remember those years, you are still young enough to enjoy the Thunderbolt Kid. Bill's little plan to see the lady stripper had me laughing so hard my sides ached. Regardless of age, read "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid." It will make your day and zap you into a whole other era of laughs and leave you saying, "I remember when..." Also recommended by the same author is "The Lost Continent." It, too, is filled with humour and Bill's own unique style of wit.


Seven Years to Seven Figures: The Fast-Track Plan to Becoming a Millionaire
Seven Years to Seven Figures: The Fast-Track Plan to Becoming a Millionaire
by Michael Masterson
Edition: Hardcover
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars THE ONLY "FAST TRACK" IS A RACE TRACK... AND WE AREN'T HORSES., October 27, 2006
Well, I'll be danged, just when you think you have read them all, along comes another one - another book telling us how to become millionaires...in seven years, no less! Unbelievable, I have been reading these books for 40 years and my bank account still doesn't have seven figures (well, actually yes it does; they are just not all on the same line!) They might have been if I hadn't wasted money on these catchy, over-cliched books. Alas, my interest in finance superseded and I always did have a penchant for fairy tales. We are in an era when much of society is desperately in search of a job and a pay cheque, most of whom would be happy just to be able to put food on the table. For those of you fortunate enough to be on a different path and quite capable of attaining "seven figures", you will find what is written here common sense and nothing more - most of which you already know or you would not be in your current financial position.

Before my retirement, my career was in business and finance and there are only two segments of this book worth reading - how to attract customers (much could be added to what is written here) and investing in real estate. As for the rest of the book, well, it is a matter of opinion. Masterson reminds me of a terrific motivational speaker; one who can create hype even if half of what we hear is a bunch of fluff and malarkey. Millionaires in seven years...or seventy for that matter? A dream for many, yes. A reality for most of us, no. I, personally, know a few millionaires but none made it by reading a book - any book. While others were sitting on their posteriors, reading books on the subject and dreaming, the potential millionaires were getting an adequate education and working their butts off from sun up to sun down. For most, seven figures comes through hard work, business sense, smart investments and/or inheritance.

Masterson and Trump would make quite a team. They have a lot of wealth but neither has mastered what it is like to live in the real world. Was their motivation for writing a book undertaken for YOUR benefit, or was it undertaken to increase their wealth and popularity by putting the proceeds of sales in THEIR bank accounts? You be the judge.


For One More Day
For One More Day
by Mitch Albom
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.95
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SHORT BOOK, BUT A BEAUTIFUL STORY., October 26, 2006
This review is from: For One More Day (Hardcover)
If Mitch Albom is the author, you can be sure the book will be worth the read and bring more than a few tears. In "For One More Day" Mitch plays a tribute to his departed mother. It is often said that "Losing a mother is like losing a part of one's self." My mother passed away 26 years ago and like Charley, the main character in this book, I was not present at the time she died and now there are so many questions that will never be answered. Do we really know our mothers, or do we only know the part they want us to see? What feelings and emotions does she keep from us? As a child, what was her favourite toy, who was her best friend, her first little girl crush? For anyone who has lost a mother, this book will bring back memories of childhood. How many of us wish we could have "just one more day" with her? Believe it or not, after Charley's mother dies, he gets his day with her and comes to realize there was an enormous amount about his mother he did not know. He learns an important lesson about life and love that some people never come to master. Albom has written a beautiful and inspiring book written in a gently flowing style.


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