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The Nosy Neighbor by [Michaels, Fern]
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Lawyer Lucy Baker just got a "not guilty" verdict for her current client, but she knows he is guilty. In fact, he is one of too many rich, guilty clients going free. So she decides to take a hiatus from law and move to suburban New Jersey with her dog, Sadie. But two FBI agents show up to tell her that her fiance is not who he says he is. Lucy is dismissive but starts to think about how rarely she and her fiance see each other. Then the FBI agents return with details about all the nefarious dealings her fiance is involved in and show her papers that she has signed as the owner of a multimillion-dollar compound. Meanwhile, she meets her neighbor, whose dog is a friend of Sadie's. Wylie Wilson is also a lawyer, and as her problems mount, she turns to him for help. Soon Lucy and Wylie become more than friends, and the prolific Michaels delivers a humorous, rollicking tale of adventure and intrigue. Maria Hatton
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"Fern Michaels's characters are real and endearing, her prose so natural that it seems you are witnessing the story rather than reading about it."

-- Los Angeles Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 1311 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (June 1, 2005)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2005
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCK602
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By Christina Loiselle on June 21, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had to pipe in. I'm about 1/2 way through this book and although I will finish it b/c I want to see how it ends, I would never recommend this book and I am embarrassed to tell anyone I read it!

Dialogue in this book is AWFUL!!! Although I admit that you can never be confused on who is talking and who they are talking to. Ive never read a book where EVERY sentance said by a character to another character, they use the persons name. As if we readers just cannot follow along.

On the other hand I like the dogs, b/c I learned about them more than I learned about the characters.

I thought it EXTREMELY weird and far fetched that Lucy, being a high power successful attorney would stupidly agree to marry somene who she sees every once in awhile and has never been to his apartment. Also the accident where she bumps her head and can read people's minds, very far-fetched, the story could do w/o that part completely.

I like Fern Michaels, but this book I would say is for someone who wants to kill time and does not want to think AT ALL! Easy to follow!
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Ever read one of those books that has you rolling your eyes every other page?

This is one of those, unfortunately.

I think Fern Michaels had a decent idea for a story line, could have been interesting if she knew *how* to tell it.

There are so many discrepancies it makes you wonder if she has anyone proofread or edit before printing.

Some people might call those "little things", but i find it truly difficult to get the image of the story playing in my mind while reading when the characters and storyline are contradicting themselves.

The characters are quite weak. The main characters Lucy and Wylie are both attorneys. Lucy is often considered weak and stupid, even by the Feds investigating her. Wylie is just all over the place. Some moments he's the strong tough guy, other times he's a sniveling wimp. Very little consistency that destroys any reader attachment to the characters.

An example - One moment Wylie is telling Lucy how he had to learn to cook because his ex-wife didn't. Then a bit later he explains he had a big family and they all needed to do their part so he learned how to cook growing up. I just rolled my eyes. ;)

If the author can't keep her characters straight, how are the readers supposed to?

Another thing i found quite irritating was they way she made the characters express themselves. Seriously, who "guffaws" anymore? And as often as she had Lucy "bursting out in laughter" you start to wonder if she belongs in Bedlam. The story never once even made me smile, nevermind laugh out loud.

Weak humor, weak characters, decent storyline that falls apart, contradictions, a weird obsession with dogs, and a general lack of writing "style".

I was quite disappointed, and would recommend not bothering with this book.
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I thought it was just me. but was relieved to find another reviewer with the same sentiment. This book wanted serious editing and revision work.

I should say that I enjoy Fern's books, but this one causes me to pause. I wonder if she, in fact, wrote this book or had someone else write portions because of the inconsistency in the writing pattern. It was rushed. It wasn't edited. Character development was weak at best. Continuity was poor. Dialogue was stiff and awkward at times which made me wonder if she was the one writing this (ergo my earlier statement).

I love animals, but to spend paragraphs (which acts as great filler) on the antics, behavior, personality of the dogs was overkill. Also, dated jargon, and doesn't do her research properly. Since when does a Ph.D.candidate write a thesis? or was Wylie doing a Master's?

Want to talk about the "elaborate" security on Jonathan's safe house? Okay, I won't go there. It's as though Fern had someone do little snipets of research and then just plop them into a book.

Readers are better educated and sophisticated than, perhaps, Ms. Michaels gives them credit for.
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I usually don't leave negative feedback, preferring to let others make their own decisions. However, if I feel something is positive, I'll certainly share it. Unfortunately, while I'm not a professional critic but am a huge fan of reading, I feel I'd be doing fans of romance novels a disservice if I didn't weigh-in on this particular book. This was my first time reading Fern Michaels. The story was just hard to believe. I realize romance books are usually more fantasy vs. reality, but this one didn't have anything appealing except for the dogs! Come on, were supposed to believe a highly intelligenct, prominent attorney totally misses "clues" of her sinister fiancee? I know love can be blind, but blind AND stupid? Plus, the editing was bad. At one point, "Wylie" changed to "Wiley". Because I was starting to lose interest, I thought at first she was introducing yet another uninteresting character. And speaking of characters, we're supposed to believe that Wylie just happens to know a parapsychologist who can help Lucy; the parapsychologist just happens to know an expert in security who can help Lucy....and all these experts can just drop everything, during Thanksgiving AND the worst snow-storm of the century, to fly/drive to where they are? Come on! Most disappointing, though, was the dialogue. The back-n-forth conversation was disjointed. A character would start out talking about one thing and end on something totally different within the same quotes. This isn't a quote but an example, "Good morning, I slept well. Wow, it's still snowing. Are you changing the oil in the car this weekend?" Does Ms. Michaels suffer from Adult Attention Disorder? This novel was forced. I've read some of the other comments left and learned that this book isn't Michaels' best work, they too believed she had a ghost-writer. While it wouldn't surprise me, I'll never know for sure if Michaels' other works are better because this book was my first and last.
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