A Dead End in Vegas

A Dead End in Vegas

by Irene Woodbury


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ISBN-13: 9780744321548
Publisher: SynergEbooks
Publication date: 10/12/2014
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.54(d)

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A Dead End in Vegas 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Susana Pena for Readers' Favorite A Dead End In Vegas by Irene Woodbury is an action packed novel that revolves around infidelity, revenge, grief, and finding love once again.  The narrator of this story is Sally. Her best friend Tricia, who also happens to be her neighbor, was found dead inside the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Tricia was supposed to be at a teacher’s meeting in Phoenix, so this turn of events surprised everybody, and it turned their world upside down.  Her death led to a series of tragedies that struck the people who loved her most. Her husband vowed revenge, her son blamed his cheating father, and her best friend Sally was having a hard time coping with her loss. Sally’s and Tricia’s families' lives unfold and they endure many hardships, but also some unbreakable bonds. This novel was very interesting to read, because it kept me guessing what would happen next until the very end. The characters in A Dead End In Vegas by Irene Woodbury were very well developed, to the point where I could relate to them and feel their deep emotions. The events that took place in this novel seemed very real, since many people encounter them in the real world - broken marriages, lack of trust, grief for a deceased loved one, loneliness, lasting friendships, and wanting to feel loved. The ending was a shocker, but there were many scenes in the novel that led up to that conclusion.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite A Dead End in Vegas by Irene Woodbury is a story of emotions and the finding and losing of loved ones. Tricia Sloan tells husband Dave that she will be away for a week at a teacher’s conference, but as he is heading out to the airport to pick her up, he receives a phone call that will change his life forever. Tricia was not at a conference, but in Vegas meeting Joe, a man she has been having an affair with on the internet. Joe does not leave his wife and his Chicago home, but instead sends his buddy Al to entertain Tricia. When Tricia is found dead in her hotel room, husband Dave vows to get revenge on both Joe and Al, believing that her death is their fault. He will not stop until justice is served and he ruins both their lives and their marriages. Best friends Sally and Mike try to help and get caught up in Dave’s schemes, causing problems in their own marriage. What follows is a number of twists, turns, surprises and disappointments until Dave can once again be at peace with himself, the loss of his son, the deeds he has done, and realizes what he really wants for the rest of his life.   A Dead End in Vegas is the emotional journey of a man who has lost his wife and son and the retribution he seeks. Irene Woodbury has created characters that are real and that pull the reader right into the story. A Dead End in Vegas is a study of emotions that range from anger, to sorrow, to hate, to forgiveness, to love. The twists and turns of Dave’s plans will keep you reading long into the night. The ending came as a happy surprise and put a smile on my face as the story reached the finish line. I highly recommend A Dead End in Vegas.
D_Donovan More than 1 year ago
Dave is about to go to the airport to pick up his wife, who has been in Phoenix for a week at a teachers' conference, when he gets the phone call: it's the Las Vegas police - and she's been found dead in a casino hotel room. Tragedy often comes in 'threes', and thus what follows is a virtual onslaught of deaths and discoveries that rock Dave's world as his wife's death shatters other lives and, like a house of cards, causes more falls in return, from a terrible accident to a best friend's marriage cracked apart by grief. As Dave comes to find out about his wife's secret life, her passion for an Internet stranger, and the illusions of his own world, he becomes increasingly involved in a hunt that comes full-circle to probe his family, friendships and psyche. Now, if you're expecting a light 'whodunnit' type of mystery filled with entertaining twists, then A Dead End in Vegas might not be your cup of tea. Its intent is to wind emotional impact and high drama into its saga and it packs this into chapters steeped in tones of inevitability and despair as readers learn just how deeply poor decisions affect every life involved. As seems inevitable with all good reads, the ending arrives all too soon. It feels abrupt: like the reader's been led down a garden path of complexity only to have everything snap to logical attention within a few short chapters. But that can be said of many a good book where readers might wish for as long and drawn-out an ending as in the rest of the book. Sometimes it's just hard to say 'goodbye'. Pair gritty psychological depth with an investigation of illusion and what this does to everyone in a circle of love and you have a gripping narrative that is recommended not so much for light 'whodunnit' readers, but for those unafraid of getting their hands and thoughts 'dirty' with wrenching emotional twists and considerations of romance, appearances, and, ultimately, a different kind of love.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
In A Dead End in Vegas, we meet Dave Sloan, who is leaving for the airport when we first meet him. He’s ready to pick up his wife, Tricia, when he gets a phone call from the Las Vegas cops, who tell them his wife’s nude body was found that very morning in a hotel room. Dave didn’t even have a clue his wife wasn’t at the teacher’s conference in Phoenix, like she told him. Instead, she drove to Vegas to meet with a man she met through the internet, a man who was married none the less. And then the next morning, she’s found, murdered. Tricia’s death changes the lives of everyone around her – her husband starts looking for revenge, even growing obsessed with it. Her close friend, Sally, tries to overcome her grief at losing her. Tricia’s early demise is the keystone that sets it all rolling, and the reader gets to watch as lives are shattered and some people find love in the unlikeliest of places. The focus isn’t so much on who killed Tricia, as it is in how everyone deals with what happened, exploring the aftermath of such life-changing events for Tricia’s husband, Dave, and for everyone else closely connected to her. The characters are easy to relate to, but at the same time, they’re dark, consumed by either grief or guilt, and that has a way of leaving scars, even on the reader. This isn’t a light read, or one you can just put down, and then stop reading. It’s a novel that grips you by the throat and doesn’t let you go until the very last page. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.