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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what it's hyped up to be...., September 26, 2006
This review is from: The Expected One: A Novel (Book One of the Magdalene Line) (Hardcover)
I found this book to be somewhat mediocre.. I almost felt as if it was a "Da Vinci Code" wannabe. It was good at some parts, very interesting and does make you wonder, but just wasn't convincing enough. After Da Vinci Code, I found myself actually thinking about things I would read, or looking closely at pictures of the Last Supper and reflecting back on what I read in the book.. This book did not enthrall or bind me in the same way. It's worth the read if you would like to expand your ideas about religion, but if you loved Da Vinci code, you might be disappointed as it is far from being as captivating as that.
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Initial post: Oct 1, 2006 9:11:35 AM PDT
This person missed the boat completely. What Kathleen McGowan wrote was not a "thriller" in the sense of a dashing, daring murder mystery, but a real-life account of her own experiences, in the form of fiction. The two novels are not meant to be in the same genre, so the comparison here is false.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2006 1:29:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 11, 2006 1:30:18 PM PDT
I think your review was spot-on, Drakulic. As an impartial reader you stated your true impressions clearly. You might be interested to know that "Lorraine Redrock" is one of the many Amazon identities used by Ms. McGowan herself to harrass her critics. Your words must have struck a nerve.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2006 7:50:22 PM PST
M. says:
If it's in the mystery/thriller section, I expect mystery and thrills. Not someone's overhyped super-special Mary Sue. If it's all her super-special real life, she should've stuck it in religion.

Posted on Nov 2, 2007 6:29:12 PM PDT
Marianne says:
I believe this reviewer hit the nail on the head. I agree wholeheartedly.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 8:13:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 11, 2012 8:19:00 PM PST
Sky Rider says:
Your consciousness is just not syncing with this book. The value is not in its literary contribution. That's not why she wrote it.

I personally found it to contain an amazing description of a person who was truly an outstanding example of love. I have so much more respect and love for Jesus as a result of his portrayal in this book than I had gained in 20 years of Christianity.

So a comparison to Dan Brown's books may be interesting for some, but is really beside the point.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 4:13:08 AM PST
C. Drakulic says:
No need to be rude about it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 4:14:14 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 12, 2012 4:15:53 AM PST
C. Drakulic says:
I guess some do not take well to constructive criticism then! How unprofessional is that! Lol.. Thanks for the heads up! Maybe I should ask for a refund - haha jk!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2013 9:30:23 PM PST
Agreed, comparisons suggest projected expectations that prevenst one from experiencing the book as it is, for what it is and the message it delivers
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