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Precious and Fragile Things Paperback – December 21, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
Hart segues from the erotica she's known for to a dark hostage story that, due to its unrelenting grimness, risks turning readers off. Harried mom Gilly Soloman is carjacked, kidnapped, and held hostage on an isolated, snow-bound mountain by Todd Blauch. Their relationship evolves over the months they're trapped together, transforming from one of captor and captive to something approaching creepy confidantes as Gilly freezes when an opportunity to flee arises, and, as they remain in close quarters, the two share intimate details about their lives. That Todd never planned to kidnap Gilly--he just wanted her truck--but now cannot let her go because he fears going back to prison, generates a palpable tension as readers try to determine how or if Gilly will get away and return to her family. Hart's generally assured writing stumbles when she delves into Gilly's faith, but her sympathetic depiction of Todd redeems that and much of the unnecessarily traumatic backstory she shoves in as the book winds down. This may do the trick for readers whose diversionary tastes lie on the dark side. (Jan.)
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"Hart plunges into the mainstream fiction genre with this haunting, devastating, heart-wrenching tale.This story will stay with you long after you reach the last page." -Romantic Times
"Megan Hart is easily one of the most talented voices I've encountered." -The Romance Reader
Megan Hart is easily one of the most talented voices I've encountered. -The Romance Reader
"Deeper is absolutely, positively, the best book that I have read in ages! I cannot say enough about this book...I am not ashamed to admit that I cried real tears while reading this book. Beautiful, poignant, and bittersweet... Megan Hart never disappoints me, but with Deeper she went above and beyond."-Romance Reader at Heart Top Pick
"Unique and powerfully sensual, Hart's latest novel is also an intensely emotional reading experience. The author's skill with first-person storytelling continues to impress."-Romantic Times on Broken --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
Oh yeah, one star, because Amazon does not let us give negative stars.
Nope. It was just misery, and a really tragic story of a child who never had a chance at life. I could see no hope of an ending, and there was no reason to hope.
Why Megan,why? Did she decide to write "serious" fiction? Horror?
I can't say that the book is poorly written exactly, but the plot just has no hope of being good. There is no where this story arc can go, and the book drags endlessly for no payoff.
This was nothing like her other books, for me. I love her books, and I have to think this was just an experiment at trying something different as a novelist that, for me as a reader, didn't work. I read to escape.
The writing, however, is horrible. It got in the way of the story, which is a shame. The author has a pet phrase - "curl the lip" and uses it so often it's irritating. She even uses it in the dedication! The dialogue is strange because it doesn't feel natural. The first half of the book is a tiresome account of how the mother (Gilly) and the unwilling captor (Todd) snarl obscenities at each other, drop F-bombs, and sulk around. Boring! Unrealistic! Todd's willingness to be nice and to care about Gilly's wellbeing even when he's slapped around, literally, feels incredibly unrealistic to the point of wanting to throw this book against a wall and be done with it. The action is forced, the dialogue is awkward, and the plot stalls for long periods. Gilly's recurring dream is also contrived and goofy. No one has recurring dreams that often, almost on command. It just doesn't feel REAL. That's the problem with the writing.
The writing just gets in the way of the story. It fumbles and stalls and grates at your nerves. But you will probably keep reading because you'll want to know how the story ends. I know I did.