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Exposure: A Novel

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Exposing my Fears

My husband was away on a business trip recently, and there's a rule of nature that says things will always break when he's away. Light bulbs I can fix; blocked drains; computers that refuse to switch on. I'm really fairly independent. But come night-time, I walk round e...
My husband was away on a business trip recently, and there's a rule of nature that says things will always break when he's away. Light bulbs I can fix; blocked drains; computers that refuse to switch on. I'm really fairly independent. But come night-time, I walk round every room in the house, checking every electrical socket to make sure no plugs are falling out and no wiring's getting warm. I check the cooker, double-check, run my hands over the top. I lock and relock the windows and doors, and look in the garage to see if the car's okay. Then I listen to every creak and groan, the plumbing's moan, the drips from the roof, the patter of critters in the yard.

When I started reading Exposure, by Brandilyn Collins, I felt right at home. The protagonist, Kaycee, knows all about the fears of an empty house. She battles them by writing a humorous column in the paper, and I'm jealous; I want her job. But then things start to happen, little things with big impact and no evidence left behind. Maybe they're just images from Kaycee's subconscious mind. And maybe they don't matter, because someone Kaycee cares for might turn out to be in real danger. Or maybe.

Kaycee's still checking windows and doors, closing curtains, and jumping at sounds that the house spins around her. And I'm jumping too. Jumping more when she sees "it" again.

But hey! My husband's home. I don't need my night-time rituals. Still, Ms. Collins conveys Kaycee's feelings so powerfully I find myself checking electrical outlets again. But I don't switch out the light; I have to keep reading to the end.

Exposure is a very satisfying novel. The twists and turns move naturally, leading the reader to guess and not quite guess, doubt and not quite doubt, till an ending that brings all the different threads together. Do people's worst fears always happen? I have to believe they don't, though I'm sure they sometimes do. And Ms. Collins' novel reminds me that there's ways to cope, and someone out there will hold my hand too if my world falls apart.

I don't want Kaycee's job after all. Her column reads way better written by her. Read the book and I'm sure you'll agree.

posted by SheilaDeeth on May 11, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not Very Suspenseful...

While this story had its twists and turns, it didn't really grab me. I wanted to get to the end of the book to find out the ending but that's about it. Nothing really pulled me in. Kaycee could be grating at times, and the two different story lines didn't really pull to...
While this story had its twists and turns, it didn't really grab me. I wanted to get to the end of the book to find out the ending but that's about it. Nothing really pulled me in. Kaycee could be grating at times, and the two different story lines didn't really pull together until the very end. It was a nice twist but not enough for me to say the whole thing was worth it.

posted by Milbrath on October 16, 2012

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

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    A decent, readable crime/suspense novel

    A columnist from a small town starts experiencing some very disturbing events at her home that closely mirror her own worst nightmares. It is not clear if those events are due to her delusional mind, some sick copycat who plays some elaborate joke on her, or genuine supernatural phenomena. Meanwhile a daughter of her friend runs away from home and goes missing. In an unrelated story a bank clerk with severe case of claustrophobia goes through a very harrowing bank-robbery. These three stories don't seem to have much in common, and the reader is kept wondering until the very end what the connection is. This puzzle is the one of the main sources of interest for me in an otherwise rather unremarkable novel. The writing is extremely simplistic even for a hard-boiled crime novel, and characters are very flat. The characters oftentimes do such dumb things that it can be a challenge to maintain the suspension-of-disbelief throughout the novel. The final resolution of the plot did somewhat work out, although even that left me scratching my head about many particulars. The invocation of God in one of the last chapters felt totally gratuitous and unconnected with the rest of the story. I have no problem with intertwining a deeper spiritual or religious message into a story, but this needs to be done with some dose of tact in a meaningful, naturally-flowing way. Otherwise it looks as ridiculous as a top-hat on a hobo.

    Despite all of its flaws, this is a decent, readable, book that will keep you interested and can be worthwhile if you have nothing better to read.

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