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on March 12, 2014
This author must have a fabulous publicist! There has been a lot of buzz about this book and it sounded really great. Sadly, it falls very short. I did finish it, but before I was very long into it, there was sort of a "so what?" feeling.
None of the characters are likeable so it's hard to warm up to them. Even the female detective (Sam) who is investigating the doctor's death is a mess. There doesn't seem to be any part of her life that is working. She has bounced around careers...even went into law enforcement because she saw a sign in the police department that they were hiring. Her live-in boyfriend treats her with what I considered verbal abuse. So as she investigates the three women married to the same doctor, her disdain for them seems hypocritical.
By the end of the book, Sam says that she, too, could have fallen for John Taylor but part of the issue I have is that it is not really clear WHY any of these women wanted him. His first wife liked the status but she talks of him with disgust and even helped arrange the details of his marrying other women. He is described (by the women who supposedly loved him) as controlling, demanding, overweight and not very attractive. Go figure.
It seemed like the author was trying to find a way to tie it all up so she introduces a FOURTH woman into the equation...not a wife but a fiancée. Yikes. And then the ending (and reveal of the murderer) is complicated and stretches credibility.
If you see the publicity about this book you'll probably be tempted to buy it. Hope you like it better than I did!