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Tough Customer: A Novel Hardcover – August 10, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Thankfully Brown intermittently flashes back to 1978 to tell the love story of young police officer Dodge Hanley and aspiring realtor Caroline King. The flashbacks were the best part of Tough Customer -- how dramatically they met, how passionately they fell in love, how tragically they split apart, how remarkably differently their lives turned out, and most importantly of all, how enduring their love was.
For me, this was not a story about a murderous stalker, but a story about setting bad decisions right and having hope for second chances.
The characters were flat and uninteresting. I felt like I didn't know who they were at all. You barely even got a feel for what they looked like, so it was hard to get lost in the story. I felt like I was being forced to study for a test rather than reading a novel for enjoyment.
The only saving grace for this story were the few glimpses of Dodge and Caroline's relationship from the 70's. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough of their story to actually make this a good book.
Her books haven't been the same since changing publishers, but they still felt like Sandra Brown books. Not so with this one. It felt like a young Literature student wrote this book, not my once favorite author. Save your money, borrow this from the library if you feel like giving it a try.
What kept "Tough Customer" from bombing completely was the story behind Dodge and Caroline. It gave the book its only pulse. There was more action going on in the flashbacks then there were during the entire novel. Throughout the story I became more and more exasperated with Berry, who kept back a plethora of details from the police and made her less credible throughout the novel.
I'm very disappointed in this book, as I am an avid Brown fan. This was not one of her best - but personally, it's a slight step up from "Smash Cut", which was absolutely terrible.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two romances for the price of one. Tough Dodge Hanley, P.I. goes to Texas to help his daughter out of jam. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Tina Foster
Third in a series. Enjoyed all of them. will buy the next book by her. Easy summertime reading. I recommend.Published 26 days ago by Kathleen P.
Fairly predictable plot until the very end, The characters were not as interesting or developed as they usually are in her books. Still worth a read.Published 1 month ago by Camille Burin