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The Three-Day Affair Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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"The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, The Lying Game. Pre-order today
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"Will keep readers on the edge of their seats. This debut thriller . . . takes you on an unexpected journey. As you read, you think you know which way the author is driving the narrative, only to have it swerve several times before the fascinating conclusion." --Library Journal (Starred Review)
"A momentary lapse of judgment leads to dire consequences in Kardos's excellent first novel, a crime thriller sure to please fans of Scott Smith's A Simple Plan . . . Kardos makes the most of his intriguing setup, populated with plausible characters and enhanced by a vicious closing sting." --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"A carefully calibrated study of how even the most highly evolved members of our species can become feral under pressure." --The New York Times
"This first novel from storyteller Kardos (One Last Good Time, 2010) leads three ordinary guys into a dark wood and turns the screws on them . . . An agonizing moral nightmare." --Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"The sort of book you read with one eye closed because you can hardly stand to see what will happen, but there's no way you can put it down. Author Kardos created characters you can't help but care about. Will is wonderfully human. Great use of settings, clear writing, and a plot gratifying in its complexity and surprises. It would make a terrific book for a group to read and discuss." --Read Me Deadly
"Kardos is a first novelist, but doesn't write like one. He has an uncommonly agile touch." --Toronto Star
"The Three-Day Affair will make many best-of-the-year lists." --Mystery Scene
Original. . . a carefully calibrated study of how even the most highly evolved members of our species can become feral under pressure.” The New York Times Book Review
This first novel from storyteller Kardos leads three ordinary guys into a dark wood and turns the screws on them. An agonizing moral nightmare interspersed with flashbacks to happier times whose import becomes clear only in the final chapter.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
A momentary lapse of judgment leads to dire consequences in Kardos’s excellent first novel, a crime thriller sure to please fans of Scott Smith’s A Simple Plan. . . . Kardos makes the most of his intriguing setup, populated with plausible characters and enhanced by a vicious closing sting.” Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)
Kardos’ debut novel features finely drawn characters, clever plotting, a fine surprise ending, and graceful and economical storytelling.” Booklist
A taut thriller that goes least where you expect it to, but goes there beautifully.” Tom Franklin, New York Times bestselling and Edgar-Award winning author of Crooked Letter
The Three-Day Affair is one of the most impressive debut novels I’ve ever read. Gripping and relentless, it will grab you by the throat and make you finish it. Michael Kardos absolutely nails it. Watch out for this guy.” Steve Hamilton, two-time Edgar Award-winning author of Die a Stranger
A wonderful piece of literary suspense craftsmanship. Line by line, Michael Kardos dazzles with prose strength and style, and the bad-day-gone-worse story does not let up... A fascinating character study and engaging thriller.” Michael Koryta, winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize and author of The Prophet
An outstanding thriller that has everything: graceful prose, a terrific plot, unbearable suspense, great surprises, and an intelligent and sympathetic narrator who will break your heart. An absolutely first-rate effort from a debut author who, trust me, is going to be around for a long time.” John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of The Hunter
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The kidnapping of the young woman made my hair stand on end! Mentally I kept urging Will (main protagonist) to pull over his car and "Let her go! LET her go NOW!" At one point, I thought I could foresee a few ways the plot would move, and they all involved disaster. When Evan, the lawyer friend, joined the three and helped resolve their conundrum, I thought - "Of course! That's the way out of their dangerous predicament." And then - surprise hit ONE - and next, surprise hit TWO: The dark adventure unleashed its chilling twists.
If I HAD to give one criticism, it would be that, perhaps, the back-stories (of Will's college days) were too lengthy. They veered off the current plot and focused on college pranks and romances. But soon the story went to the present and their claustrophobic "hide-out" at the recording studio, with the young woman locked in an area with two buckets, one empty and one filled with water.
Some reviewers have criticized this story as being a bit unrealistic? Well, I say - that's why they call it "FICTION." And this was very unique, strange, and captivating fiction at that. Recommend with FIVE STARS.
The basic premise is that three Princeton grads get together for their own personal reunion weekend. Things go wrong almost immediately, though, because one, who lost a fortune when his Internet company failed, impulsively decides to hold up a convenience store and kidnap the cashier. Before his two friends even realize what's happened, they are embroiled in the mess. The story is told through the perspective of Will - the least successful of the group who spent years as a drummer in a alternative rock band but then transitioned into working as a sound engineer in a recording studio. His two friends are Jeffrey, the failed Internet businessmen, and Nolan, a politician hoping running for the Senate in Missouri.
A fourth friend is a New York lawyer who misses the kidnapping incident, but eventually has to be called in for advice on how get out of the quagmire they've created for themselves. What keeps you turning the pages is the suspense of wanting to know what they're going to do with the beautiful young girl they've kidnapped. They're not career criminals, but they all know their lives will be ruined - not to mention the possible prison time - if what they did gets out.
The story is told in alternating chapters between the present moment of their kidnapping and the past days of their lives together at Princeton, details that serve to flesh out the characters and provide many layers of complexity to the situation they've found themselves in. As the layers of the onion keep getting peeled back, there are many unexpected twists and turns. To say any more would be give too much of the riveting plot away. If you're looking for a suspenseful story with more than paper thin characters, I think you'll thoroughly enjoy the ride offered here.
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