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Posted January 4, 2001
Stephen King names Peter Abrahams as his favorite American suspense novelist. You won't find any arguments with that here. 'Crying Wolf' is suspenseful, well-written, and intricately detailed...all the elements to create an excellent work...which Abrahams does masterfully here. Nat is headed for a better life...at least that's the opinion of all who know him in the small town of Clear Creek. A place in which he and his mother struggle to survive their day-to-day existence. But Nat's talent wins him a partial scholarship to the college of his choice. His mother and he scheme to be able to afford the rest of the costly tuition. He settles on the New England school of Inverness, a choice that is the catalyst for all the events that follow. He is befriended by twin sisters, Izzie and Grace Zorn, affluent young women to whom wealth is merely something that they wake up to every day. His past life (and girlfriend) are soon forgotten as Nat settles into his new existence. He grows uncomfortably accustomed to his new friendship and sharing their benevolent ways...until one day, Nat recieves a letter from his mother, telling him that she's been fired from her job and that life as he knows it must come to a close. His mother's house is in danger of being foreclosed on and Nat's tuition must be sacrificed. In fact, he is told that he will have to return home. Rather than lose him to such banal matters as money woes, Izzie and Grace concoct a perilous plan that would afford him the ability to stay, and no one would be the wiser. When Mr. Zorn is presented with the ridiculous plot, he scoffs and writes off their efforts as 'kids games'. The plot takes a nasty twist then when a mentally unbalanced man overhears their plan, and decides that it will work perfectly...for him. The resulting drama is tense and powerful. Laced with Nietzchean philosophy and fully realized characters, 'Crying Wolf' is an incredible moral tale, told with just the right amount of humor and insight to make it intelligent as well. This is one book that comes highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 29, 2000
It was not as exciting as I thought it would be. Character development was not that in depth, and a bit dry. The story was the typical rich kid, poor kid saga. I felt the ending was dull; and after reading the entire book I was left feeling rather disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 23, 2000
There are many nice touches in 'Crying Wolf.' I like the secret subterranean room and the voyeuristic scenes it enabled. I like the way that the suspense mounts unrelentingly from midpoint until the end. I also like the character of Nat. He is full and believable. I really care what happens to this guy. <p> Also, the snippets of the philosophy class assignment and exam questions at the beginning of the chapters make me glad that I never signed up for such a class! <p> There are also several touches in this novel I don't like... and some I hate. Nat's visit with the twins' family seems to go on forever. These scenes are cartoonish and don't jibe with the tone of the rest of the book. <p> And the way that the Zorn twins finish each other's sentences is irritating. It's not cute, and, like a foreign accent or a bad limp, it's a crummy substitute for thoughtful characterization. (Wasn't it enough to have the OTHER set of twins--the Brown sisters--do the same darn sentence-completing in the beginning of the book?) <p> Finally, while the psychopathic Freedy is a believable character, I find him indistinguishable from the psycho in 'The Perfect Crime.' <p> Overall, I highly recommend this one. If you enjoyed 'Perfect Crime' or King's 'Hearts in Atlantis,' you'll like 'Crying Wolf,' too. And I'm still waiting for Abraham's publisher to release all his previous stuff in Rocket eBook form.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 20, 2000
This is one of the best books I have ever read! Abrahams does a wonderful job of creating the characters and settings and makes you feel as though you know Nat, Izzie, and Grace personally. In most books the climax occurs about two-thirds of the way through and you feel like you know what is going to happen for the rest of the story. Not in 'Crying Wolf', the climax happens within the last few pages, and trust me, it isn't what you think will happen! I definitely recommend this one to anyone who loves suspense!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 2, 2000
When I first picked up this novel, I found it challenging to read. The first chapter gave no indication what was to become of the story and if there was even a story to be told. However, on the last page of chapter 2, when I find that Freedy's final destination was Inverness, I knew that somehow Nat and Freedy's worlds were to collide, there would be tragic consequences. At that point Abraham's book became a 'pager-turner'. I was instantly hooked on his characters, the mysterious room, the plot to fabricate a kidnapping, the relationship between the twins Izzie and Grace, Freedy's relationship to Inverness, all contained thrilling aspects that I could only imagine would lead to a horrifying end. What was also thrilling about 'Crying Wolf' was that the characters and the situations were all believable. Nothing seemed absurd or obviously contrived. What I thought was the most shocking was the about Freedy contained the eerie perspective of a sick and dangerous man. Seen through his eyes, the obviously delusional thoughts, gave me the ability to understand a character that was as equally terrifying as for the task he was about to commit. The only thing that I disliked about the novel, was the brevity of it's climactic ending. I have read many novels before and am amazed that the endings contain much less passion than the build up of the story. It almost seems that authors are in a hurry to finish their novels. Over all, 'Crying Wolf' was an excellent story and an excellent book. I would definitely recommend it to my local book club.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Nat is the all-American teen who believes in apple pie and the flag. As the number one student in the graduating class of Clear Creek High School and partly due to his community service, Nat gains a scholarship to Inverness, the best smaller college in the country. Nat quickly acclimates to his new college environment, making friends with Izzie and Grace Zorn when he rescues their pet fish. Nat is stunned when he learns that their father is a billionaire with the power to shake empires. <P>The trio stumbles across a secret set of catacombs that run beneath the college. They choose a particular section of the catacombs as their special hideout. However, their academic bliss ends when Nat is forced to return home because his mother lost her job. His two buddies develop a plan to help Nat¿s family with their financial woes so he can remain in school with them. However, their innocent plan spins out of control threatening to destroy all three of them and their loved ones. <P>Peter Abrahams redefines the suspense genre with this chilling tale of impending and unstoppable doom. A master of characterization, Mr. Abrahams creates a slow building, mindbending atmosphere that becomes a primal element unto itself. This adult rendition of ¿The Little boy Who Cried Wolf¿ is a literary novel whose wide appeal will enchant those who read it. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.