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Wide Open

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Knock Your Socks Off Suspense

Hallie Michaels is home from Afghanistan, but not for a good reason. She has been given ten days compassionate leave to come home to bury her sister, Dell. She arrives home full of grief and straight from the war zone where she was recently involved in a firefight tha...
Hallie Michaels is home from Afghanistan, but not for a good reason. She has been given ten days compassionate leave to come home to bury her sister, Dell. She arrives home full of grief and straight from the war zone where she was recently involved in a firefight that left her dead for seven minutes. Hallie was brought back to life, but you can't say it didn't affect her. She can now see and feel ghosts, and her combat friend and Dell both go with her everywhere.

Hallie doesn't understand anything, it seems. She doesn't understand why or how Dell died, and there seems to be controversy about it at the sheriff's office. Some people are saying that Dell committed suicide and Hallie knows that can't be true. She doesn't understand why there are a series of mysterious fires in the area; fires that seem intentional and focused like arson but are started by lightning. She doesn't understand how a man she dated a few times before entering the military is now the head of a new company that is employing more and more people in the area, but none of the employees can describe exactly what the company does. She can't understand whether she likes or dislikes the new deputy in town, Boyd, who seems a part of it all. Most of all, she can't understand why so many women in the area have gone missing in the last few years while she has been away.

Deborah Coates has written a knock-your-socks-off story in this debut novel. It is hard to characterize, as there are elements of feminism, of magic, of life on the ranches and farms of South Dakota. Coates has created one of the strongest heroines imaginable in Hallie, a women who has seen a lot and is not ready to roll over and give in to despair. It has crime and fantasy, all the elements mixed into a glorious tale that grabs the reader by the throat and won't let go. The story builds to a gripping finale, one that leaves the reader gasping. This book is recommended for both mystery and fantasy readers.

posted by sandiek on April 21, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Horribly anticlimactic and nonsensical

The premise of this book would make it seem like a perfect summer read. Unfortunately, I can summarize the plot in a sentence: Hallie deals with rage and picks a fight (but gets foiled by her guardian cop stalker/love interest) over and over, then there's some magic. ...
The premise of this book would make it seem like a perfect summer read. Unfortunately, I can summarize the plot in a sentence: Hallie deals with rage and picks a fight (but gets foiled by her guardian cop stalker/love interest) over and over, then there's some magic. The end. Except Coates took over 600 nook pages. What a waste of time and $3.

posted by 2249321 on June 30, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Had a strong start

    Interesting premise, fell flat towards the end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    it was ok; i liked the way the story was going, it was just goin

    it was ok; i liked the way the story was going, it was just going too slow for me. but it was interesting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    From the first page, I could not stop reading. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Yes but... It's just... Yeah

    It was a good story line (see other reviews for that), but I found it just a little irritating that her main characters we're unable to express themselves in full sentences. Out with it already! For me it didn't get really interesting until about pg 500 of the 615 pages. Fairly good ending; just desserts and all.

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    I would rate this book as a four star

    Wide Open is an enjoyable, contemporary read that captures your attention. With its' heroine serving in the military, her situation fits right in to the problems serving military personnel face when confronted with a tragic familial situation. Add to that a couple of tag-a-long ghosts, and you have the ingredients for a story that holds your attention from the start to the finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Language

    This is a good book. Would have been a great book except for the foul language. Hallie comes home from Afghanistan for the funeral of her sister whose death in am automobile accident is said to be a suicide. Hallie doesn't believe this and begins her investigation into Dell's death. The business Dell worked for is first in line for Hallie's questions. A very unusual story begins to unfold. Hallie's cursing in about every sentence dampens caring for her pain.



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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Good fun

    I greatly enjoyed reading this book. Dealing with ghosts, bereavement, change and murder was very difficult but Hallie stubbornly persevered. She bravely soldiered on to beat evil, not on the battle field but in her home town. It was a good read and I enjoyed watching our heroine and her strength of will as she refused to give up.

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