About Face

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When Dr. Blake Hunter discovers Casey Edwards wandering along a Sweetwater, Georgia road, she's a woman without a past, her memory stripped of the terrifying events that shattered her innocence a decade ago. The scrap of paper she clutches in her hand bears the address to Swan House, the magnificent mansion where Casey's mother lives with her mysteriously ailing husband. But "home" turns out to be anything but a safe haven...

A near-fatal hit-and-run; neighbors who won't look ...

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Overview

When Dr. Blake Hunter discovers Casey Edwards wandering along a Sweetwater, Georgia road, she's a woman without a past, her memory stripped of the terrifying events that shattered her innocence a decade ago. The scrap of paper she clutches in her hand bears the address to Swan House, the magnificent mansion where Casey's mother lives with her mysteriously ailing husband. But "home" turns out to be anything but a safe haven...

A near-fatal hit-and-run; neighbors who won't look her in the eye; a sinister man whispering with her mother behind closed doors...each disturbing experience makes Casey more determined to untangle the web of secrets that threaten her future. But someone wants Casey out of the way before she remembers too much. It will take the strength she's always had -- and the love she's just found -- to save her life....

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
There's enough melodrama in Michaels's newest offering (after No Place Like Home) to quench the thirst of soap opera devotees during a daytime drama drought, and the author's fans will likely lap up every word. At 17, Casey Edwards has experienced plenty of heartache and betrayal. Her mother, Evie, neglects her; her stepbrother, Ronnie, sexually abuses her; and her fianc may leave her if she doesn't have sex with him. The day Casey finally fights back and stabs Ronnie in the leg, she miscarries his baby and comes to 10 years later in a mental hospital with no memory of her life before being admitted. Evie, now wealthy and married, greets Casey with little enthusiasm, as do the citizens of Sweetwater, Ga., and she can't help but wonder why. Slowly, she pieces together the lost details of her life with the help of Dr. Blake Hunter, a gorgeous family friend, but there are those who will do anything to keep her memories buried. Michaels's characterizations are far from subtle, and her plot consists of too many highs and lows with very little in between. However, her incisive descriptions of Southern life (and the mannerisms that separate the wealthy from the working masses) will impress, even if the conventional romance between Blake and Casey doesn't. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Recently released from a ten-year stay at a mental health facility, Casey returns to her mother's home hoping to regain her memory of her life before hospitalization. Instead, Casey finds glass shards in her body lotion and becomes a hit-and-run victim while shopping. Unable to explain the mysterious and disturbing acts, she wonders if someone is trying to drive her insane. Murder, divorce, money, social position, amnesia, mental illness, and sexual abuse make this tale difficult to put down. Anna Lauris's wide range of voices and tonal variations make it easy for the listener to track the various speakers. A deep Southern accent adds to the ambiance and suits those particular characters. The tapes are professionally produced, with no tape hiss or other background noise. Side changes are timed to occur at convenient breaks in the story. Unfortunately, there is no repetition of a thought or sentence at the beginning of the new side, making it necessary for the listener to pay close attention as the end of a side approaches. Strongly recommended for all public libraries.-Laurie Selwyn, Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Praise for Fern Michaels

"Incisive descriptions of Southern life will impress." —Publishers Weekly on About Face

"Michaels' latest is sure to capture the hearts of its readers" —Booklist on The Blossom Sisters

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821770207
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 381
  • Sales rank: 314,325
  • Product dimensions: 4.11 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Fern Michaels
Fern Michaels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sisterhood and Godmothers series, along with dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over 75 million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. Visit her website at fernmichaels.com.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Kuczkir
    2. Hometown:
      Summerville, South Carolina
    1. Education:
      High School

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2010

    NOT MY CUP OF TEA!!

    I USUALLY ENJOY FERN MICHAELS BUT THE SUBJECT OF THIS BOOK WAS SICKENING AND FAR TOO GRAPHIC. I ENDED UP THROWING THE BOOK AWAY AND THAT IS MOST
    UNUSAL FOR ME.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2004

    Ashton/teen girl

    This is the 1st book I've read from Fern Michaels and I loved it. I could not put it down becasue it was just so good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2003

    I saw it coming

    This book has a good plot. However, the characters are not developed very well. It jumps back and forth between current events and the past. Hard to follow at times and some of the story does not add up. The book has this big 'secret' that is constantly built up. After awhile you really just want them to spill it already. Finally when you get to the end and see what the big secret is.....well sad to say..it is what you have suspected through the whole book. A BIG LET DOWN at the end. Then the epilouge ties things into a neat little bow..the ending is a little to perfect. Would not recommend you waste your time on this book. Read the first few chapters and you will clearly see what the BIG SECRET is. Skip this one or at least buy it used.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2003

    Profoundly disappointing...

    I'm sad to say that I thought this book was AWFUL. It's the first of Fern Michaels' books that I've read, purchased because of the good reviews here, and will likely be the last. While the premise is good and the mystery interesting, the writing style is jumpy and disjointed and the plot hard to follow. The main characters lack chemistry and there seems to be no development of their relationship, they meet in one chapter and by the next it is understood that they are deeply involved somehow. I actually went back to check the copyright to see if this could be a re-release of some very early work of the author (which might explain the lack of finesse)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2003

    A New book!!!

    Another great book from a great author! About Face is somewhat of a different style, yet this book kept me on the edge of my seat, and I like this refreshing style from a favorite author.Great characters, lots of suspense and a nice romance. Readers of Fern Michaels can expect another winner with About Face!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    About Face

    This book is fantastic...it has all the elements of a wonderful love story but at the same time is a compelling mystery ...it has characters that become so real to the reader. It grabs the reader on the very first page & hold them until the very last page...the setting of the book is described in picture perfect details & I liked that . this book is a keeper & the characters stay with you as friends.I feel as if I really know them. I loved this book !!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a good relationship drama

    Casey Edwards spent the last decade as a resident of a mental institution, but recently was released to wander Sweetwater, Georgia. Casey¿s memory before her confinement is limited, but she knows her former home is Swan House. She begins to walk home, but Dr. Blake Hunter sees her hiking and gives her a lift to the house where her mother Evie lives with John Worthington............................... However, Casey¿s return is not celebrated. In Sweetwater, the townsfolk treat her with disdain, that is those whom even react towards her, because everyone believes she is a fratricide killer. At home, she is treated like an intruder. Someone wants her dead before she recalls all she lost. Only Blake supports her, but is he and his love enough to keep her safe as she unravels the elusive past?............................... Though loaded with suspense and starring a heroine that readers will empathize with, the actions of the secondary characters (especially mommy dearest) seem too malevolent to believe. Their cartoon-like evil essence takes away from the tale. Still, the audience will like the lead couple and root for them to succeed as an entry against overwhelming odds. Fern Michaels provides a terse romantic suspense that her fans will enjoy....................... Harriet Klausner

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