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Posted October 19, 2011
It is a summer of change. Change brought on by unspeakable tragedy, and change brought on by self-discovery and survival. Mary Elizabeth and Charlie have been together for fourteen years, and have a young son. All that time, Mary Elizabeth has been hiding a horrifying secret, more so from herself than from anyone else. But recent events in her small town pull at her inner fortress, pushing her further away from Charlie and their son. Soon, Mary Elizabeth pushes Charlie out of their house, promising him it's not forever, but not really knowing for sure. All she knows is that she's falling apart and can't seem to stop it. Charlie takes refuge in the basement of the shoe store he owns, until being invited to move into the home of his only employee, Douglas. When he moves toDouglas's home, Charlie also moves into a world within the world of the town where he grew up. A world of black families, familiar individually yet foreign as a unit to Charlie. As the horrors in the community continue, Mary Elizabeth continues to unravel, and Charlie starts his own journey. Charlie grapples with issues of race, new love, and how he fits into it all. Mary Elizabeth fights to keep herself together, not realizing yet that she must first fall completely apart in order to make herself whole again. They first travel on separate paths, discovering new friends who guide them to places within themselves that they never knew existed. Building to a crescendo, their struggles to survive emotionally crash against the terror stalking the community, until everything explodes in a resolution that saves them and brings them together more deeply than ever. Carr creates sympathetic characters with depth, even as their faults show through. Supporting characters, as well as Mary Elizabeth and Charlie, grab the reader with their raw emotions. Each character is drawn against the backdrop of what is tearing the town apart, bringing their own fears and strengths to bear for themselves and for each other. Most thrillers center around the events, with characters, even the major ones, acting as support to the plot. Character-driven stories use the plot secondarily, focusing on the personal and emotional development of the people who in habit the story. In Wired, Carr skillfully combines the two. Solving the crisis at the heart of the title plays equally with the growth of Mary Elizabeth, Charlie, and the people in their lives. The story is resolved with redemption, if not always peace, for all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 16, 2011
Well now, I love a good mystery/suspense novel and most I have read so far have been pretty good, some even GREAT, but it takes a great plot and characters to make a GREAT mystery/suspense. Dean Koontz is one my all time favorite and I have to say this novel is right up there with any of Dean Koontz's novels.
Martha Carr's writing style is superb, from creating a cast of characters you will be able to relate to, almost hate but them empathize with in the end. I really like Charlie and their son Matthew. I was amazed at how the author was able to give us so many different perspectives of the characters without being lost and confused, but she made it work. It was a fast action book with romance scenes that you knew were sexual without going overboard to the point of too graphic, it let our own imagination take each one of us where WE wanted to go with it. This novel pulled you right in from the very first chapter and would NOT let you go until the very last page, I will be in line for her next book guaranteed, It gave me a battery of emotions going through this book, and just when you think you have it all figured out, no way, the author throws at you a curve to throw you off the track and make you think its someone different than what you thought. It's twists and turns and around and around and not once getting lost, I am very in awe at how she did this and wove a fantastic story at the same time. It's suspense, dark, intense with the right amount of chills.
I recommend this book to EVERYONE it is a fantastic book and you will be missing out if you don't grab your copy to read, I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. Enjoy!!
Posted October 7, 2011
Libby (she hates that nickname) has managed to carefully preserve her life in a mason jar. Cracks start to appear in her carefully sealed life when a young girl is murdered in their small community. The fissures become deeper until it threatens to tear her family apart as well as the community. A dark and scary read that has been re-released to entertain a new audience of readers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2011
It is 1989. Living in a small town, we meet High School Sweethearts, and now married for fourteen years, Charlie and Mary Elizabeth, who have a beautiful son named Matthew. They seem to be living the American Dream. Mary Elizabeth is a stay-at-home Mom, and Charlie runs and owns the local shoe store downtown. All of a sudden, we see Mary Elizabeth starting to experience some difficulties with her life. Something is bothering her in as terrible way, and she is acting out in strange ways. We are left in the dark and can't see exactly 'what' it is that is bothering her, yet we can tell something absolutely horrific had to have happened because of the severity of what might seem to be flashbacks that she is experiencing. The story does not tell us exactly what is going on. We are left in suspense over this perplexing problem she is going through. Eventually, the problems she is experiencing start to become too difficult for her to handle, and she needs some time to herself to get through this. Instead of leaning on her husband to help her, she ends up asking her husband, Charlie, to move out. He is dumbfounded. He cannot understand why or what happened along the way for things to get this severe. He moves out, reluctantly. He is concerned about the safety of his wife and son because recently a serial killer seems to be in the area they live after being gone for so many years. Charlie ends up living with his employee's family until he can get on his feet. This arrangement is working out very well for Mary Elizabeth, and she seems to be thriving and working things out in her life. She does become aware that there is a serial killer on the loose, and takes preventative steps to keep her and their son safe, yet . . . then she starts acting out again, the severity starts to escalate and she can't figure out what is going on. She finds out something about her husband which she cannot believe he did. He finds out something about her which he thinks she has done and they are both at odds with each other. The serial killer is going wild at this point. All of a sudden, with this knowledge, her acting out, everything finally become crystal clear to Mary Elizabeth.. She knows what she has to do. No, she knows what she must do. She acts on it. We are now left on the edge of our seats flipping page after page after page. We have to find out what happens next. The intensity keeps building and building. Then, . . .
I enjoyed this book very much. It seemed like things did not make sense at times, but as you keep reading, the author did this intentionally, which made the book that much more suspenseful. At the end, things escalate so highly, the intensity is unbelievable. This is a MUST READ! 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion! Get your copy today! I read mine on a KINDLE.
Posted May 20, 2011
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Posted October 4, 2011
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