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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The Wild Zone, a South Beach (Miami Beach, Fla.) bar filled with lusty men—specifically, charismatic personal trainer Jeff Rydell; his cute visiting half-brother, Will, a Princeton graduate student; and Jeff's married best friend, Tom Whitman, a dishonorably discharged Afghanistan war veteran with some serious problems—provides the starting point for bestseller Fielding's nonstop thrill ride. A sexy bar patron, Suzy Bigelow, inspires the trio to make a wager on who can bed her first, and they even ask Jeff's live-in girlfriend, a Wild Zone bartender, for help. Suzy chooses Will for a platonic date, which has some distinctly unpleasant repercussions that involve not only wide-eyed Will but desperate, gun-loving Tom, whose wife takes their children and files for divorce. Fielding (Still Life) combines a fast-paced plot with top-notch character development to create an atmosphere of brooding unease that explodes in a wonderfully wild resolution. (Feb.)
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"A wild ride with a life all its own, strewn with surprises and consequences for all parties along the way. Fielding's characters and plot are strong and well-developed. The story is gripping, always leaving the reader guessing, and culminates in a deliciously untamed twist of a conclusion."
— Winnipeg Free Press
"[Fielding] sucks you in with end-of-chapter cliffhangers, violent results and wild sex....This is a thriller and, as with all thrillers, there is that twist at the end that forces you to read until the very last sentence."
— The Globe and Mail
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It seems to me that Joy didn't craft the plot carefully and decided to write it on a whim without any forethought about plot development whatsoever. The characters were so horrid and immature, I didn't care about anyone (with the exception of Kristen).When I read a novel, I'd like to care about the characters. However, the characters here were so wretched, I couldn't care less what happened to them.
This book could've been condensed into a hundred pages. There was a lot of dialogue for the better part of 300 pages. You get to know the characters through their internal monologues and external dialogues. I love dialogues, but the plot was very weak, bordering on preposterous. I kept on waiting for something to happen. There was no suspense. No intrigue. The turn of events were very unrealistic.
I'm not a prude, but there's an over-abundance of swear words in this book. The swear words didn't offend me, but it was overdone here. You can paint a character as vile without making them spew a string of profanities every time they speak. I can't get over my surprise that Joy wrote this book.
I've read See Jane Run five times and my book is frayed around the edges. The first Time moved me to tears. To say that I'm disappointed with this one would be an understatement.
If you haven't read any of Joy's books, I beseech you to try her older books first.( See Jane Run, The First Time, Grand Avenue) Whether you're a fan or not, please do not buy this book. Joy Fielding is a talented storyteller, so please don't let this one turn you off. If you must read this book, then please borrow it or check it out of the library.
In my opinion, characterization has been done poorly, too. The way the characters are presented just doesn't ring true, for example because some embody irreconcilable features such as sensitivity and callousness like Jeff or behave in an implausible or unexpected way like Will, who is an intellectual and a philosopher and yet joins in a silly bet at the beginning of the story, or Jim who maintains he cannot come to terms with a divorce and losing a family he has never really cared for. And there is not one character in the whole book I like enough to identify with him or her.
The ending doesn't convince me completely, either. The plan behind all this seems to be dependent on too many coincidences and would probably not work in real life. Also, I didn't fully understand all the details at the end: I don't want to reveal too much here, so my questions are a little cryptic: Why does X ask Y to get him his own gun, when Y owns enough guns to lend him one? Why does X open the door without checking who it is although he knows that apart from Y, somebody else is coming, too? Why does Y try to shoot Z without a good reason whereas Z would have every reason to shoot Y but doesn't?
But I certainly don't feel like reading the book again in order to find out where I might be wrong.