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WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES FOR REVENGE.
Cissy Cahill's world is unraveling fast. One by ...
WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES FOR REVENGE.
Cissy Cahill's world is unraveling fast. One by one, members of her family are dying. Cissy's certain she's being watched. Or is she losing her mind? Lately she's heard footsteps when there's no one around, smelled a woman's perfume, and noticed small, personal items missing from her house. Cissy's right to be afraid--but not for the reason she thinks. The truth is much more terrifying.
Hidden in the shadows of the Cahill family's twisted past is a shocking secret-a secret that will only be satisfied by blood. And Cissy must uncover the deadly truth before it's too late, because fear is coming home.with a vengeance.
They think I'm going to die.
I hear it in their whispered words.
They think I can't hear them, but I can, and I'm listening to every single syllable they utter.
"No!" I want to scream. "I'm alive. I'm not giving up. I will fight back."
But I can't speak.
Can't utter one damned word.
My voice is stilled, just as my eyes won't open. Try as I might, I can't lift the lids.
All I know is that I'm lying in a hospital bed, and I know that I'm barely alive. I hear the whispers, the comments, the soft-soled shoes on the floor. Everyone thinks I'm in a coma, unable to hear them, to respond, but I know what's going on. I just can't move, can't communicate. Somehow, I have to let them know. My condition is bad, they claim. I understand the terms ruptured spleen, broken pelvis, concussion, brain trauma, but, damn it, I can hear them! I feel the stretch of skin at the back of my hand where the IV pulls; smell the scents of perfume, medicine, and resignation. The stethoscope is ice cold, the blood pressure cuff too tight, and I try like hell to show some sign that I'm aware, that I can feel. I try to move, just lift a finger or let out a long moan, but Ican't.
It scares me to death.
I'm hooked up to machines that monitor my heartbeat and breathing and God only knows what else. Not that it does any good. All the high-tech machines that are tracking body functions aren't providing the hospital staff with any hope or clue that I know what's going on.
I'm trapped in my body, and it's a living hell.
Once again I strain ... concentrating to raise the index finger of my right hand, to point at whoever next enters the room. Up, I think, raise the tip up off the bedsheets. The effort is painful ... so hard. Isn't anyone watching the damned monitor? I must be registering an elevated pulse, an accelerated heart rate, some damn thing!
All that effort. Wasted.
Worse yet, I've heard the gossip; some of the nurses think I would be better off dead ... but they don't know the truth.
I hear footsteps. Heavier than the usual. And the vague scent of lingering cigar smoke. The doctor! He's been in before.
"Let's take a look, shall we?" he says to whomever it is who's accompanied him, probably the nurse with the cold hands and cheery, irritating voice.
"She's still not responsive." Sure enough, the chipper one. "I haven't seen any positive change in her vitals. In fact ... well, see for yourself."
What does she mean? And why does her voice sound so resigned? Where's the fake, peppy inspiration in her tone?
"Hmmm," the doctor says in his baritone voice. Then his hands are on me. Gently touching and poking, lifting my eyelid and shining a harsh beam directly into my lens. It's blinding, and surely my body will show some response. A blink or flinch or ...
"Looks like you're right," he says, turning off the light and backing away from the bed. "She's declining rapidly."
No! That's wrong! I'm here. I'm alive. I'm going to get better!
I can't believe what I'm hearing, and should be hyperventilating, should be going into cardiac arrest at the very words. Can't you see that I'm stressing? Don't the damned monitors show that I'm alive and aware and that I want to live? Oh God, how I want to live!
"The family's been asking," the nurse prods. "About how long she has."
My family? They've already put me in the grave? That can't be right! I don't believe it. I'm still alive, for God's sake. How did I come to this? But I know. All too vividly I can remember every moment of my life and the events leading up to this very second.
"Doctor?" the nurse whispers.
"Tell them twenty-four hours," he says solemnly. "Maybe less."
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I have read most of Lisa Jackson's book and this one is my favourite. It has a story that will keep you entertained for hours. Can only recommend
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Posted March 8, 2011
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I am happy to say that I enjoyed this sequal to "If she only Knew". Now, 10 years later, Jackson shows the life and terror of Cissy Cahill who is targeted by a murderess who is trying to get her hands on the family fortune. Readers will be shocked at who is behind the murders, because it is two people that you least expect! Greay/Enjoyable read!
2 Thumbs up for Lisa Jackson, who know's not only how to make her readers wonder- but also thickens a plot so intricatley that you will want to finish the book in one sitting.
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Posted June 9, 2011
I believe this is the first book that made me a little afraid for a character with positions that she put herself into. A couple of chapters
really grabbed my attention.
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Posted September 4, 2007
I have always enjoyed Lisa Jackson's novels but this one was very disappointing. The main character's were not likeable. Cissy was a whiner and by the 3rd chapter I was getting tired of hearing about it. The entire mistrust with her husband had to do with a night he spent with another woman but Ms. Jackson never gave an explanation to what happened. She never even attempted to get us to understand where things were with them, why he did what he did or what really occured. She also didn't build her characters so that you felt anything toward them. The plot was SLOWLY drawn out. No one even cared about who died. She also out little sub-stories in that had no relevance at all. In the end, after whining the entire book, Cissy just decides to forgive and forget. It was not up to Lisa Jackson's standards. I just got her newest book and now I hesitate to read it.
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Posted July 20, 2011
While the plot is decent, this book would have been much better if it were 100 pages shorter. My intelligence was insulted by the author rewording things over and over. Better to have spent those words crafting more solid characters.
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I have read a number of Lisa's books and I really enjoyed this one. There is suspense, romance and mystery all involved. I read before I go to sleep at night and there were nights I just kept reading as it was very exciting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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I found "Almost Dead" very entertaining. It was a story filled with twists and turns, greed & murder, love & betrayal, and a happy ending. I think this shows Lisa Jackson maturing as a writer as it truly kept my interest during the whole tale.
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Posted July 6, 2011
This is my 3rd Lisa Jackson book. It was a great read!! I love that I can't figure out how the book ends until you get there. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great mystery that they can't figure out who did it in the first 10 pages.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.