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Katharine Lawrence has no idea what hit her. The attack came out of nowhere. Only hours earlier she had been enjoying a girls-only weekend with an old college friend. Now she finds herself lying bound and gagged on her kitchen floor, staring with terrified eyes at her friend Lisa while two masked gunmen search her house for - what? She doesn’t know. She knows only that, unless they can escape, whatever it is they are searching for could end up getting both her and Lisa killed.

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Overview

Katharine Lawrence has no idea what hit her. The attack came out of nowhere. Only hours earlier she had been enjoying a girls-only weekend with an old college friend. Now she finds herself lying bound and gagged on her kitchen floor, staring with terrified eyes at her friend Lisa while two masked gunmen search her house for - what? She doesn’t know. She knows only that, unless they can escape, whatever it is they are searching for could end up getting both her and Lisa killed.

But Katharine’s nightmare is just beginning. When she awakens in the hospital, her nose crushed, her body battered, her brain tells her that things aren’t right - and it’s not the attack that’s disorienting her. She doesn’t recognize herself when she looks in the mirror: her slim body, her manicured hands, her blond bob. And the smiling, handsome doctor at her bedside - Dr. Dan Howard - is familiar, but in a totally unfamiliar way. Perhaps the trauma of the attempt on her life has given her some kind of weird amnesia. She’s twenty-nine, the special assistant to the head of the CIA, and she’s lucky to be alive. She also knows she can trust no one.

Acting on instinct, Katharine runs for her life, with Dan, her newfound protector, at her side. By turns grateful and unnerved by his presence, and unable to shake a feeling of profound dread, she allows him to spirit her to a secluded safe house. Instead of finding a haven, they stumble into a tangled web of government conspiracy, and Katharine is left confused, frightened, and desperate to uncover the truth. As the pair is drawn further into this shadowy world where almost nothing is as it seems, as fear gives way to a firestorm of attraction, the cat-and-mouse game grows more deadly, and soon both their lives are at stake.

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Editorial Reviews

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Bestselling Robards (Vanished, Superstition, etc.) adds psychological spice to a familiar love-on-the-run plot. While FBI Special Crimes Unit agent Nick Houston goes undercover to track down the drug dealers who killed his sister, ski-masked burglars break into the Alexandria, Va., townhouse shared by Katharine Lawrence, special assistant to the CIA deputy director of operations, and her boyfriend/boss Ed Barnes. The intruders kill Katharine's friend Lisa and almost kill Katharine, who cannot convince them she doesn't know the location of the safe they came to rob. Despite wounds and a concussion, Katharine flees into the arms of good-looking neighbor Dr. Dan Howard, who drives her to the hospital where she wakes up unsure of her memory or who she is. Not knowing which of her protectors she can trust, questioning clues that don't make sense, unfamiliar even with her own face and figure, Katharine has nothing to go on but her instinct, which tells her to run. Nick, meanwhile, reveals his true identity (to Katharine's surprise but not to readers') just in the nick of time. A page-turner that moves too fast to dot every plot-related i, Robards's 23rd novel again spins satisfaction out of appealing characters who fall in love and bad guys who get justice. (Apr.)

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Very nearly murdered, a woman awakens in a home she doesn't recognize as hers and quickly discovers that she's part of a CIA sting. She does not take the news -gracefully. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469234274
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Robards is the author of more than thirty novels, most recently the New York Times bestseller Pursuit. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted January 28, 2011

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    Starts out great then went downhill Fast!

    I'm glad this novel was given to me by good friend to read. I'm still wondering how this mediocre story got published. Well, maybe I shouldn't wonder because there are some real dozzies (hope I spelled that word correctly) out there being promoted as bestsellers.
    When I started reading Obsession the plot unfolded and kept my interest and I felt really excited and I was very intrigued with the story. I read on and then my senses started to sour and then they turned off. At the very end I got a brief thrill. But overall the story was big let down. I don't understand why, because Ms. Robards is certainly capable of writing a decent romance/mystery novel. I won't say it's a terrible book, but if you have enjoyed all of Robards novel I would think that you will enjoy Obsession.

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  • Posted December 15, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    A Thrill Ride

    This story grabs you in the very beginning and holds you until the very end. It was hard to figure out who was who and what was what. But as the story unfolds the mystery is revealed and does not disappoint. I like Karen Robards writing style and storylines. She is definately a favorite of mine. I certainly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2009

    Agree wholeheartedly with Rutica

    I listened to Obession as an audio book. The author would stop in mid-action to endlessly describe things you didn't care about. Also, as previously stated, the author used the same adjectives over and over within pages of just using them. This could have been a really good book but it was a poorly written mediocre one.

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    Obsession ... A Great Read

    This book kept you reading - talk about twists and turns! Very enjoyable - I would recommend it to anyone who likes suspense!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    Lots of twists!

    Great read: Robards puts in enough twists to keep you guessing until the very end! Thrills make this a real page-turner!

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

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    Great Book

    Great book to read. It wasn't the one I expected; it had actions and suspense at the same time. A must read.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    Enjoyable book

    I did like this book and would recommend it to anyone for a good read. Karen Robards always has very enjoyable books.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    her pulse raced

    I listened to Obsession as an audio book. While it was entertaining, I found it repetitve and boring. I can't say how many times the author wrote something similar to: 'her stomach clenched, her pulse raced, her heart pounded'. It seems liked every few pages Katharine/Jenna was experiencing symptoms of fear! I just got tired of the author listing the reactions over and over.

    And the descriptions were boring. "A white van with a ladder on the top and some kind of writing on the side rumbled by". Why do we care. Or why do we care that the lady in the convenience store who sells them snacks had a bad perm.

    The book seemed like it went in this order: boring descriptions, list of Katharine's reactions, dialog, action, repeat. And how could Ed not realize that Jenna was an imposter? She might look alike, but what about the experiences and conversations the two of them shared in the past? Katharine couldn't prepare Jenna for everything that could come up. Why couldn't the real Katharine have just said she was going on vacation, or going to visit Lisa, or going to work and then sneak out and testify a few hours during the day, instead of planning this elaborate body swapping?

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  • Posted February 4, 2009

    Not her best, but still Robards

    The main characters are engaging and the plot, of course, weaves and twists in classic Robards style. It's not her best work but even on a bad day this is a pretty good writer. I read at night so can do without torture scenes, but main problem with this was implausibility of underlying identity switch/memory replacement premise. The villian she was sleeping with wouldn't notice any difference? But the romance is well done, male lead especially likable, and the pace never drags.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

    Obvious

    This was my first book to read from Karen Robards and most likely, my last. She never developed the characters. It was up, down, up, down, which I found distracting and irritating. The plot was never given a chance to develop and unwind. It raced thru along with the characters and left me feeling tired and mad that I bought this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2008

    too many descriptions!

    Robards latest books seem to be filled with way too many descriptive words. It literally takes pages and pages for her to set up one scene. I skimmed a lot of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2008

    Worst book I've read in years.

    I gave this book 1 star for pages 333-381 (the end). The rest of the book was boring and extremely disappointing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2008

    Good read!

    This book is much better than the other reviews indicate. There were several unexpected twists and turns, and I found the two main characters to be quite likable. If you hang in there until the end, most of the confusion is cleared up. It's an easy summer read that has just enough suspense to keep you on your toes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2007

    Not the Robards Gold Standard

    Although this is a Robards, it is not up to the standard of her better works 'i.e., Hunter's Moon, Morning Song, To Trust a Stranger'. This book was long on repetitive scenes of struggle 'the heroine constantly trying to get away from the bad guys' and short on plot. I understood what was happening from the beginning but again, the storyline was thin and the metaphors really got on my nerves I'm a little tired of hearing how the heroine's heart raced like a NASCAR engine! Worst disappointment since trying to read the sequel to Island Flame -- Sea Fire -- which was equally tedious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2007

    A book to enjoy !

    this book was outstanding ! how karen robards caputures the raw emotion of each and every charachter in the story clearly amazed me . the passion between the almost forbidden lovers just took me so aback that i was suprised someone could capture that . it is rather confusing though . but it pays off, overall it was a book that made my summer reading one of the best yet !if you wish your summer to be filled with amazing vivid detail and something interesting and sexy then this book is for you ! i would suggest it to those who pick up detail well ... cant wait to read more of her work

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2007

    Glad I Wasn't The Only One

    I, too, felt this one was disjointed and unbelievable. Her earlier books flowed much better than this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2007

    Better than the reviews it is getting

    I thought it was good! Finished it in one day. I had to know the ending! Maybe not one of her best but definitely a great read! Kept me enthralled until the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2007

    Not her best, but good!

    I was concerned about reading this book because of the reviews, but I found the book quite enjoyable. It was intially a little confusing, but it did clear up for me. In particular I think fans of the 80's tv series, Scarecrow & Mrs King will enjoy it. The book reminded me of my favorite show. My only gripe is a too liberal use of metaphors and cliches. After awhile I wanted to scream, 'I get she's scared already!!!'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2007

    Next time I will go with the previous reviews!

    Prior to purchasing this book, I read all the poor reviews. Thinking that I have always enjoyed this authors books, I went ahead and made the purchase. What a waste money! I threw it in the garbage. Next time, I will take the reviews from my fellow readers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2007

    a waste of time

    usually like Robards' work but recently her novels are disapointing and this was more than disappointing. Too convuluted to be believed.

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