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Posted June 15, 2004
Time and money wasted!
What a waste of time! You know I stood in the bookstore NOT planning on buying anything when I stumbled upon this book. I read the inside cover and then started reading a few chapters. I decided I couldn't leave with out the book. What a mistake. I have to say that the back flap said something along the lines that this book was written under a pseudonym name...of a bestselling author. Wow, I thought how could I go wrong. The book goes back and forth from 1971 and 1993 telling about a few specific days in Lara's life. She gets tangled up with a guy named Zed and the mystery begins. A weird thriller that takes you nowhere. Or that's my opinion. This writing was familiar to me somehow so I did a search on my computer and came up with Joyce Carol Oates, it appears she wrote this. This answered a lot of questions for me, like why does this horrible writing seem familiar? Because I have read a novel or two of hers and hated them. Some of the reviews for this were wonderful so I have to wonder what's wrong with me! So, read at your own risk!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 3, 2004
I just finished this book. I have to say I have never read an author as bad as this. the book jumps back and forth, from 1993 back to the 70's. The story line was simple but the writing was awful. I do NOT recommend this book...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 11, 2004
AN AUSPICIOUS DEBUT
Those who like their suspense novels with a twist of psychology then shaken with sharply drawn characters will take a liking to Lauren Kelly's promising debut novel. A pseudonymous offering, it is crafted with the deft skill of a master quitter who skillfully alternates times some 20 years apart to stitch together the pieces of this gripping tale. As a child Lara Quade loved her parents, and she believed they loved her despite the abuse. '...Momma didn't mean to hurt me when she slapped me, or shook me by the shoulders cursing me saying, why'd I ever come into the world, when I cried Momma would stop right away like she'd been in a trance......Like she was ashamed. Like it was her own self she'd been hurting.' The abuse was only a small part of Lara's childhood. One day her mother put Lara and her older brother into the car and drove the three of them into a freight train. Move ahead 22 years and we find Lara working as an assistant at the Institute for Semiotics, Aesthetics and Cultural Research at Princeton. One may have to look closely to see the web-like scars covering her face, but the emotional scars are deep and ugly. One day she receives a prime ticket to an upcoming concert in her office mail box. It is sent anonymously. Perhaps, she thinks it is someone who admires her and knows she likes classical music, preferably the piano. Her seat mate at the concert is Zedrick Dewe, a young man, rather mysterious, who seems to know her. She finds herself drawn to him for reasons she cannot explain. Lara invites him back to her apartment, an invitation which should never have been issued. As that meeting becomes horror and additional pain as Lara is forced to confront the sins of her mother and father. Take Me, Take Me With You is a suspense propelled in depth probing of the human psyche. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.