Concerto

Concerto

by Sandra Miller

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BN ID: 2940011117848
Publisher: Onda Mountain Books
Publication date: 10/06/2010
Series: Alexis Brooks , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 313 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sandra Miller is an author. She's that girl you knew in school who always had a notebook in one hand and a pen in the other, and spent every spare second experimenting with ways to put them together. Her fiction works have previously appeared in Alienskin Magazine, Long Story Short, and Bewildering Stories. Her poetry has appeared at Storyhouse, and one of her poems won the Grand Prize in the FictionAddiction 2002 poetry contest. Her non-fiction articles have appeared in Writer's Journal, Music for the Love of It, Antiques & Collecting Magazine, Writing World, Vision for Writers, and Writer's Forum, a Writer's Digest publication. She can be found on the web at www.sandra-miller.com

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Concerto 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
lkernagh on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Chrispen 'Chris' Marnett is a violinist that has recently moved to Ohio to join the Newton Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra so that she can work alongside the greatest violinist alive, Alexis Brooks, the symphony's concertmaster. What she gets - in the form of creepy phone calls, harassing written messages, unwanted flowers and frightening nightmares - is enough for Chrispen to lose considerable sleep and to start looking over her shoulder constantly. When everyone, including the police, seems to be warning Chrispen to stay away from Alexis, she decides that she needs to get to the bottom of not only the business of her current terror, but a murder that occurred 5 years previously.Told from the point of view of Chrispen, I enjoyed the suspenseful build of fear that was generated as the menacing stalking continues to pierce and invade Chrispen's world with apparently no boundaries or protection. I found the use of the nightmare sequences to be a great way to introduce a further element of suspense - and mystery - to the story. For me, I enjoyed the plot, the character development and the suspense created in the first half of the book. I also enjoyed the glimpse into the music world that Miller provides. The second half of the book didn't continue to capture my attention like the first half did, in part because I started to find Chrispen's character annoying and not someone I was a willing to cheer on the sidelines for, but that is just my personal pet peeve. Other readers may have no problem with Chrispen's motivations and decisions. I also found the plot got rather thin in the last third of the book.With a sprinkling of romance and relationships to lighten this from being a truly dark suspense thriller - this was what I would consider to be a light suspense thriller - I feel that it would make for an easy summer read.
TedWitham on LibraryThing 21 days ago
*Concerto* is a thriller romance in three movements. The narrator, a violinist in the Newton Symphony Orchestra in Ohio is the victim of stalking and harassment ,and she must continue to do her job there working out who really is violent. The suspects narrow to members of the orchestra but it is certainly not the talented Alexis to whom she gives her heart quite early in the story.I enjoyed reading *Concerto*. Its setting - a working orchestra - was intriguing and the villainous action just believable enough to hold me. I wondered whether the book would have worked better in the third person. The first person telling tends to diminish the emotions like fear as the mind too quickly provides reasons to mitigate the rawness of the emotion. Overall, *Concerto* is a pleasant summer read.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Concerto combined the best of mystery, romance, intrigue, and suspense and wove into a story that I just couldn't put down. From the first page, the story drew you in and just wouldn't let you go. Chrispen is a violinist with the local symphony and is looking at a chance to play with one of the greatest violinist. But instead of a rosy future, her life spins out of control as the mystery, fear, and suspense begin. This was a fantastic book that kept me up far too late because I just HAD to finish it. Chrispen was a delightful lead in the book, a fully "real" character that has the reader rooting for her. Alexis was one of those characters that, for most of the story, you just couldn't decide if you were supposed to love him or hate him. That added so much richness to the suspense and mystery of the plot. All of the characters, rather main or supporting, were richly created and capable of drawing you into their stories. As fabulous as the plot was in and of itself, the characters were what drew me in and kept me there! Next up in the series is The Lost Concerto, which I will most definitely be reading!
Bookblogger More than 1 year ago
Concerto by Sandra Miller is a fairly well written suspense novel. It follows Chrispen as she deals with what starts out as a fairly normal life. Chrispen is a violinist in the Newton Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. She is there because Alexis Brooks plays there. Alexis is a world renown violin player who also happens to be the main suspect in the brutal murder of his wife. Chrispen doesn't believe the allegations and nurses a pretty heavy duty crush on him despite being told he is a danger to her. When Chrispen receives a message her life begins to change radically. The message is a simple one: I see you. I thought the book had a lot of good thing going for it, but there were a few drawbacks as well. Chrispen was a little bit of both. I actually liked her character for the most part, but she did a lot of stupid things with the evidence of her stalker. I'm not sure if Sandra intended for her to be a frustrating character (if she did she did an amazing job!) or if it just turned out that way, but it took me out of the story a bit. Also the villain wasn't terribly hard to figure out and is actually revealed about two thirds of the way through the book. The level of suspense is kept at a pretty good level through trying to figure out what is going to happen next, but knowing who the bad guy is takes a little away as well. I have to say that the while the stalker remained mysterious he was exceedingly creepy and that part was done extraordinarily well. The characters Chrispen, Dwight, Kolbi, and Alexis were are done well inspiring the emotions that I felt Sandra wanted felt about them. There were even some little humorous parts injected with Alexis telling orchestra jokes. The flow of the story moved fairly well with only one or two places that slowed down a bit. Overall once I got into the story I didn't want to stop reading until I finished. I believe it took two or three sittings to go through the whole book. If you are a fan of suspense novels this one is definitely one to check out. Review copy provided by the author.
ToReadPerchancetoDream More than 1 year ago
Concerto had its pluses and minuses for me. I found it interesting being set around a professional symphony orchestra. I don't know much about orchestras, I'm a singer, not a player. So the book taught me a few things. The main thing it taught me is I don't want to be in an orchestra - I thought choirs were full of backstabbers! Chrispen annoyed me. She blindly believed that Alexis was innocent. Ok, love does that to people. But to not keep evidence or report things to the police... that's just not realistic in today's era of CSI shows. Still, I did enjoy the book. Alexis was well done in his suffering hero status. The plot was suspenseful and built to a satisfying climax. I did figure out who the bad guy was, but it wasn't blatantly obvious. Overall, it's a satisfying mystery suspense novel.
DolphinChick More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down! Yes, Chrispen made me crazy with how she dealt..or didn't deal..with certain things. I was already so interested in her and others I still needed to know how she worked it out. Even if you feel you know what will happen, you have to keep going to find out if you're right or wrong! It's a really fun easy book to read..a fun little getaway!
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
I liked it and did not want to stop still I finshed it. I was involved in the story so much that I was crying in part of it. Chris is a violinist in the Newton Philharmonic Symphony. She joined 6 months ago to work with Alexis Brooks who was the best in world right now. five years ago he was tried for killing his wife and got off on a tech. Most people think he got away with murder including his own father. Chris does not believe he did it. Even with police,dr.. everyone trying to warn her. Dwight is very jealous of Alexis scince high school. He keeps asking Chris out but she keeps saying no. He is second chair and was more involved while Alexis was not around. Someone is terroring Chris. first with wierd phone calls than lots of faxes than paper all over front yard. drugged her tea which if she was not on phone at time she passed out would of died by allergic reaction. Takes pictures of her everywhere, emails,damaging house. Police belive its Alexis. So Chris believes she needs to solve Alexis wife murder to stop her attacker. Chris makes some stupid mistakes, but keeps trying to fight back. It shows a lot of how symphony works. I was given this ebook in exchange for honest review
acreech More than 1 year ago
Chrispen has a crush on the first chair violin player, Alexis, who is in her orchestra even though he was once accused of murdering his wife. She soon finds that she is being stalked and the stalker is leaving threatening messages. Many people try to convince her that is Alexis but Chrispen won't believe it. She must find out who is threatening her and prove that Alexis didn't murder his wife before the stalker kills her