Superstition

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The beautiful vistas of Pawleys Island hide a dark side—the murder of a local girl fifteen years ago and the strange disappearance of her two friends. The story of the unsolved crime could be journalist Nicole Sullivan’s big break. But while Nicole works intimately with the Police Chief Joe Franconi,her investigation takes a haunting turn when another young woman is murdered. As the body count rises, so does Nicole’s fear that a killer has come home to Pawleys Island to bury a terrifying secret, and resurrect the...

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Overview

The beautiful vistas of Pawleys Island hide a dark side—the murder of a local girl fifteen years ago and the strange disappearance of her two friends. The story of the unsolved crime could be journalist Nicole Sullivan’s big break. But while Nicole works intimately with the Police Chief Joe Franconi,her investigation takes a haunting turn when another young woman is murdered. As the body count rises, so does Nicole’s fear that a killer has come home to Pawleys Island to bury a terrifying secret, and resurrect the haunting legacy of a shocking and unforgivable crime.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Combining elements of a Southern gothic, a cozy comedy, a sexy romance and a serial killer thriller, this new offering from Robards (Bait, etc.) tries to be too many things at once, and the result is a mishmash of familiar devices and recycled characters. One such is Joe Franconi, a big city cop turned police chief for small Pawleys Island, S.C. With his "washboard abs" and painful past, Joe is the average tortured hero, and sexy TV reporter Nicky Sullivan is his natural counterpart. Nicky, with the help of her psychic mother, intends to revisit the scene of a 15-year-old unsolved murder, but Mayor Vince Capra will do anything-even enlist the local police-to keep the program from airing. With no legal ground to stand on, Joe fails to stop the filming, but he's conveniently on hand to rescue Nicky when she stumbles on a fresh murder victim and nearly becomes one herself. Has the killer from 15 years ago resurfaced, or is a new killer on the loose? Joe and Nicky spend as much time arguing over who will solve the case as they do staring "hotly" at one another, but ironically, neither succeeds in solving anything. Though the book has its suspenseful moments (and its amusing ones, which primarily involve a pig named Cleo), its final twist feels manufactured simply to bring hero and heroine together. Agent, Robert Gottlieb. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Robards's latest is possibly the most entertaining of all her romantic mysteries. Superstition contains all the ingredients that promise a truly engrossing listen: a beautiful heroine with a madly zany family; a handsome hero suffering bravely through major personal problems; and a psychic who is "blocked." Television reporter Nicole Sullivan grew up on Pawley's Island, SC, a tourist Mecca where life is easy and slow moving. The biggest news story in the community's history is the unsolved murder of three teenagers 15 years ago. Since that grisly event, the house where one of the young girls lived is reputed to be haunted. Nicole is anxious for a big-time story that will bring her to the attention of the national TV markets. Since her mother is a psychic, Nicole decides to broadcast from the "haunted" house, while her mother channels the spirits. During the broadcast, a member of the crew is killed in a manner that eerily re-creates the original murders. Joyce Bean reads in a no-holds-barred, exciting tone. Highly recommended for all fiction collections.-Nancy Reed, McCracken Cty. P.L., Paducah, KY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451218728
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2006
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 537,145
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 1.35 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2005

    Stong Suspenseful Tale

    Karen Robards writes a spin tingling tale in her newest novel Superstition. *** Nicky Sullivan, top reporter for a 24 hour Investigates is back in her hometown of Pawley Island SC. Fifteen years ago there was a brutal murder in town. Nicky has her mother a noted psychic to help solve the case. Another murder occurs on the night of the broadcast. This puts Nicky and her family and crew in danger. *** Police chief Joe Franconi came to quiet Pawley Island to simplify his life. These TV people are making his life a three-ring circus. Plus he is attracted to its star Nicky. When the terror escalates Joe will protect Nicky with his life. *** Superstition is a riveting tale of evil that lurks where you least expect it. The story pulls you and doesn¿t let go. The dynamics of Nicky¿s family is funny, sweet and touching. Nicky and Joe are two strong willed characters that deserve a chance at love.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2013

    All i could say is this woman amazing!!! Wow breathtaking!!! Lov

    All i could say is this woman amazing!!! Wow breathtaking!!! Love this woman. Go ms robards!!! Keep it coming watch out mrs mary higgins clark!!! They are great both of them!! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    Pretty Good Read

    If you like romantic suspence this one is pretty good, you have to have an open mind to ghost to enjoy this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2006

    Great book

    I was looking through the grocery store for a new book and new author that I hadn't read. Saw this book... read the first few pages and LOVED it through the whole book! Joe is a wonderful character to get into. I would recommend to anyone! Now I'm on to Bait, we'll see how that goes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    strong romantic suspense

    On Pawleys Island off the coast of South Carolina, television reality reporter Nicole Sullivan of Twenty-Four Hours investigates is doing a reenactment of the murder of teenager Tara Mitchell and the disappearance of her two best friends who were supposed to have a sleepover together. Nobody has lived in the house since the murder for very long because the tenants felt they were residing with the ghosts of the dead girls. --- During the filming, one of the technical people Kenen Wise is murdered in almost the same way that the teen was killed over a decade ago. Nicky investigates the crime which causes her to come into conflict with chief of police Joe Franconi. Even though they are working opposite sides of the murder investigation, the cop and the reporter fall in love, an emotion neither wants. Nicky sees ghosts and Joe is haunted by his guardian angel Brian who he knew when he worked vice in Trenton New Jersey. Joe thinks he¿s going crazy and Nicky believes in ghosts including Joe¿s because she sees him but it is up to the two protagonists to find the killer because the spirits don¿t reveal their insider information.--- Karen Robards is one of the best writers of romantic suspense available today. Fans of Tami Hoag, Iris Johansen and Kay Hooper will love SUPERSTITION, a fascinating romantic police procedural with supernatural elements that add an extra dimension to the story line. Nicky is a wonderful protagonist, a reporter in the tradition of Lois Lane who will do whatever is necessary to get her story. Ms. Robards always delivers a thrilling reading experience.--- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2007

    Disapointed

    I've read a number of Ms. Robards other books and was very disapointed with this one. The lead female Nicky was painful to read. I was rooting for the killer to hurry up and get her! I managed to make it to the end, but this was painful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2007

    Idiot reporter

    The plot was great and this could have been a wonderful book, but the main female lead, Nicky was TSTL (Too Stupid to Live). Why is it that reporters, particularly female reports, in novels lately are portrayed as soulless, self involved, arrogant creatures who will use anyone and anything to get to the top? Even though Nicky is the target of a serial killer she uses one of the most inane lines rampant in literature and life ¿I can take care of myself!¿ No, you can¿t. No one can take care of themselves all the time, in every situation, and thinking that you can will get you killed. It¿s kind of hard to believe that Nicky, a regular average woman, can go against a knife wielding serial killer and come out the winner. Why isn¿t she smart enough to assume the worst and act accordingly? This killer has her next on his list so why go running around alone ringing the dinner bell and putting everyone else in danger? She leaked information that she got from the police in a very underhanded way, completely compromised a police investigation and used her relationship with the sheriff to snoop. The sad truth is that because of Nicky¿s actions several people died brutally, including a police officer trying to protect her. She knew this could happen but apparently other peoples lives don¿t matter to her. Yet, she never felt one bit of guilt, nor did anyone else mention it. Apparently everything was acceptable if it furthered her career.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2006

    Loved it, for the most part...

    This books starts off with a bang, I think. I do agree with some other reviewers that feel that there was too much descriptive stuff. I really don't care to read a page or two about how a room is decorated or about the woodwork, or whatever. So I too skipped the babble. Other than that, I think it's a very good book. In a few of the scary scenes the author was very descriptive, and that made my heart pound! I would definitely reccomend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2006

    Disappointing

    Karen Robards crammed way too many plot points into what started out as a very promising romantic suspense novel. She introduced new facts at the last minute to wrap up the ending instead of weaving them throughout the novel, resulting in an unbelievable conclusion. Plus, the novel needed some serious editing - far too many cliches!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2005

    Not the Best

    I felt that the book draged on and went way too far into detail. It was very hard to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2005

    Not Robards best

    Starts out good, but lags. Slow reading, rather predictable. Especially when Nicky can't resist the lure of the 'BIG STORY' and goes back. Put it down several times, and was able to keep the story straight even though I skipped ALOT of the descriptive narriative. Felt this story would have been perfect pared down to paperback.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2005

    GOOD BUT NOT GREAT

    I ALWAYS READ KAREN ROBARDS AND THIS BOOK IS GOOD BUT NOT ONE OF HER BEST. I COULD PUT IT DOWN BUT I DEFINITELY WANTED TO COME BACK TO IT. I THOUGHT THE STORY LINE WAS GOOD BUT SOME OF THE CHARACTERS WERE JUST OKAY. GET IT FROM THE LIBRARY BUT DON'T BUY IT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    Not her best

    This book drags alot but it does pic up towards the middle. I just can't see how she could be so damn stupid sometimes and that made it hard for me to see what Joe could see in her. Woman can't be that ignorant and still live...Oh yeah, I love Joe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2005

    ROMANCE, SUSPENSE, DANGER - A POTENT COMBINATION

    Romance + suspense + danger - that's a potent combination and reader Joyce Bean delivers each with appropriate subtleties of voice. Whether love takes the forefront or imminent death, Bean captures the moment. Attractive TV investigative reporter, Nicole Sullivan, knows that she needs a jump in ratings for her television program, but what? She remembers growing up in South Carolina, on Pawleys Island, where some 15 years ago a beautiful young girl and two of her friends were murdered. The killings have never been solved. Now, that would be a story! Sullivan goes to the Island with her psychic mother. She hopes to return to the scene of the killing and have her mother make contact with the three dead girls. However, Sullivan gets more than she bargained for as another murder soon takes place. Of course, the question is could this be the person who killed 15 years ago or is another serial killer on the loose? It soon becomes apparent that his or her next intended victim is Sullivan. She teams with Joe Franconi, and ex New Jersey policeman who is the new the Island's police chief. Robards doesn't let romance lovers down as Joe is great looking and a tad mysterious. Easy listening for those who like suspense spiced with healthy dollops of amour. - Gail Cooke

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