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Blood Orange

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  • Posted November 20, 2010

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    Bloody Bore

    The book I read has nothing to recommend it. The characters were uninteresting and unlikeable and the plot was lame. Too many convenient plot lines and dialogue that did not seem realistic. There are hundreds more books that are better to spend one's time on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2009

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    Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave...

    This was an excellent original story, with an entire family paying a high price for the wife, Dana's, reckless and thoughtless decision to enter into an affair while on a rare visit alone to Italy to work on her thesis. I've been on only a few, but enough business trips to recognize her actions to be more common than one might like to think. It is something about the insular world one enters into far away from the day to day routine of one's normal life that becomes very enticing. Her actions, however, were even more reckless because she had an affair with her best friend's brother and so there was always the chance that she might see him again. I did have some difficulty feeling empathy for Dana, despite her being abandoned by her mother as a young child. She seemed to be a bit too whiny considering she did not have all that many demands on her life, and her husband trustingly funded her trip to Italy despite their difficult financial situation. Then again, Dana is all very human and her relationship with her husband--which seemed as much about the unspoken communications between them as what is actually said--felt very real. Dana is also somewhat redeemed by her husband's insensitivity in inviting the very complicated wife of the child killer he is defending to live in an apartment over their garage. His expectation that Dana would draw this woman out and get to the bottom of her story (which she did) was just plain wrong. Dana and David's story, plus the substory line with Lexy demonstrated that the author understands the complexity of human nature. One-dimensional characters have no place in good literature, and this one delivers. All in all this was a good read, with a hopeful and realistic, but not happily ever after ending. I'll be looking up some other novels by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    Easy read

    I enjoyed this book and I read it quickly. However I think the author was trying to get me to have some sympathy for the mother and I just couldn't. I just didn't care for her. There were probably a few too many substory lines going on as well. Over all, read it, but don't expect too much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007


    Dana goes to Italy for awhile leaving her husband, David, and her daughter, Bailey, in the United States. While in Italy, she meets her friend¿s brother, Miach. She has an affair with him. When she gets back to America, she goes on with life like nothing had happened. That is until her daughter is taken. While her daughter is missing, Dana and her husband start receiving hate mail because of the case David is on. He is defending a man accused of killing his own daughter and another little girl. He says he¿s innocent but David¿s not so sure. For three months there was no sign of Bailey. Then one day she mysteriously appears on the front porch and is waiting for Dana when she gets home. Where was Bailey taken and by whom? What effect will everything going on in their lives have on the family? I liked how this book made you wonder where Bailey was the whole time. It tells you who took her but it never really explains what happened while she was gone so you can use your imagination and try to figure out what happened while she was gone. I also like how there was a lot of mystery. It didn¿t really explain everything and the ending was very clear so anything could have happened. It leaves room for you to wonder what might happen next. I didn¿t like how the kidnapper never really got punished. He punished himself but he never got in trouble with the law and I think that he should have. I also didn¿t like how Dana figured out who took Bailey and she didn¿t say anything because she didn¿t want anything to happen between her and her husband. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5. I really liked it a lot and I think anyone that enjoys reading mysteries or drama would like this book too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2006

    Very interesting and thought-provoking

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It started off slow, but, once it picked up, I couldn't put it down. I would recommend sticking it out through the first couple of chapters and you'll find you really enjoy the rest of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2006

    Easy Read

    The book was easy to read and had a good storyline. I didn't like that it jumped between past and present so much which made me want to skip ahead but I refrained. Overall it was a good read although parts were predictable.

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    Posted October 27, 2008

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