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“Exposure” is thought provoking, beautifully written and gripping. The premise of the book is written appropriately and fitting for 2011. Two teenagers in a consensual relationship choose to text each other inappropriate pictures. The girl's father finds out and takes legal action. Anthony and Amelia's, (who were high school seniors), private and intimate pictures of themselves, not meant to be shared with anyone but the two of them, were misinterpreted as child pornography. This book touches on many typical issues, such as they're typical teens; they are passionate and feel that no one experiences love like they do; they have hopes and dreams for their future together. Their parents are also pretty typical; they want their kids to succeed and have an easy life. Amelia's dad may seem the overly sheltering parent, but he has made mistakes in his past that he was hoping she would avoid.
This book will surely be a book club favorite with the subject matter at hand. It's a representation of everything that is good and bad about our changing culture, including the news media that feeds into the salacious aspect of the story.
Presenting characters that are so real, “Exposure” is a fast-paced, intense read and I enjoyed every minute of it. Exposure: A Novel
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###-BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP-###
“Before I Go to Sleep” is a brilliant and profound piece of fiction, a psychological thriller that will captivate the reader about a traumatic brain injury that when the main protagonist wakes up she can’t remember anything about herself. I can’t imagine too many things as frightening as that! The premise was different from anything I've read before. This is a remarkable job of taking us through Christine's mind as she learns about events and people in her past and the frustrations involved in not being able to remember. She keeps a journal, at the suggestion of Dr. Nash; the idea being that she progressively remembers her life before the accident that caused her amnesia. The first part of the book tells about her meeting her husband and her psychiatrist calling her, telling her that she needs to read the journal she has been keeping. He gives it to her and tells her to contact him if she wants to continue her treatment. What a pulse-pounding thriller! It’s suspenseful throughout and the pacing is brilliant. The thriller ending is not predictable so don’t bother. Profound and completely captivating, yes, but the intrigue will keep your eyes glued. Before I Go To Sleep: A Novel
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###-EXPLOSION IN PARIS-###
GREAT PLOT; FIRST-RATE WRITING, “Look Inside”; NO DISAPPOINTMENT HERE!
Enthralling, atmospheric, powerful, and simply mesmerizing, “Explosion in Paris” is one of the best books I’ve read this year!
I knew little about this book and author so I entered into the experience with no preconceived notions or expectations.
Frequently dazzling, “Explosion in Paris” is a story about the interplay of survival, about the rousing and transformation set inescapably in motion by a transitory coincidence of fate. In a breathtaking display of tones ranging from disappointment and being stuck in an empty marriage to tragedy to uncompromising reinvention, the author captures the undertow of self-destruction that we all must either master or surrender to. We learn the origin of Angela’s turmoil, the hidden yearnings and disappointments of her violent and troubling marriage. A modern day Knight in Shining Armor, innocently comes out of nowhere and enters Angela’s life as if a gift from God. Ross opens her eyes to the fact that she has choices and that she needs to take back her power to see love, to see well-being, to see joy and to see the good in what life has to offer. The “explosion in Paris”, a jealous Mitch had planned, is the catalyst that turns the tale to terror. A rented touring schooner is blown to bits with an unconscious Angie left on board. After her “death”, the grieving Ross and Angie’s sister take steps to prove that Mitch is a murderer. Strange things begin happening that add yet another dimension of wonder and humor to the already multi-layered narrative.
The characters’ lives and fates claim the story first and foremost, and I was fascinated and pulled right in. This is a compelling psychological drama that is as thought-provoking as it is riveting and soon gives way to a top-notch suspense thriller. But beyond pleasure reading, the novel had me questioning what I would want and do in a similar circumstance. The prose is lush and descriptive. The book made me a believer with its gripping plot and challenging questions it instigated in my ever curious mind. Could I start to rebuild a meaningful life? When is a circumstance so challenging that it becomes impossible to conquer? The author digs to the very soul of Angela and the other characters as well, that makes it fascinating, disturbing, and memorable. The last time I had such a heartfelt and to-the-soul response to a novel was "The Shack". I felt the anguish, fear, and desperation, the physical, painful fight for survival, and then the absolute triumph. Any story that can elicit such a response, such passion from my heart earns my great respect. The journey to the truth is devastatingly heartfelt and fraught with peril and hesitation. I really loved this book! And for getting inside my mind and heart so completely, for allowing me the luxury of the treat to my reading pleasure I have to give it the highest ranking. I thought the pacing was pitch perfect and breathtaking to keep the reader at full attention. It had substance, credibility and incredible flow. This is an author with a deep commitment to character, about whom you come to care deeply as you watch the characters doing things they shouldn't, acting gloriously, exasperatingly human, in her expert flaying of human shortcomings. This is a first-rate novel, delicious and smart, impeccably written and perfectly paced. The reader is held in a tight, breathless grip as good and evil match wits and do battle, revealing a talent for peeking into the human psyche. The author paints a charming, enchanting picture with humor and great appreciation of the much celebrated Provence and Paris, France, so perfectly picturesque, so sumptuous. The setting plays a significant function in the characters lives.
I find it curious that on all of these book sites, no matter how many exquisite reviews of great appreciation, enjoyment and awe there are, there is always a smattering of infantile, disrespectful, and obnoxious deterring ones that reveal much more about the reviewer than the book reviewed.
We live vicariously through Angela Briann Scott’s exciting journey. We learn to celebrate our lives with significance; we choose wisely; we let go of illusions; we learn from the lessons life has taught us; we are entitled to begin again with a renewed sense of values, humility and compassion. Among many considerable strengths, full of warmth, wisdom, and humor, “Explosion in Paris” inspires as well as entertains. Such is the stuff great novels are made of. EXPLOSION IN PARIS
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