I enjoyed this very much, mainly because of the "animal rescue" theme. But I did enjoy the murder part, too. I did NOT like the explicit sex descriptions. They didn't help at all. I think it's a bad omen for our society that people are constantly depicted having sex with a new partner on every other page, or scene, in the case of video. Doesn't anyone know what morals are?!!!
You may laugh at me, but we need ethics, morals, a sense of right and wrong.
Hard to put down
Smart, mind-bending mystery (think "Girl on a Train" or Gillian Flynn), pseudonymously written by two literary authors paying tribute to a friend who died before she could write it herself.
I give this novel a 1 1/2 star rating only because it was so strange that you kept turning the pages. Morgan, who flips between a doctorate student writing a serious thesis and a sex-starved woman of one-nights stands (even though she has a partner) is just unbelievable. It seems the authors took turns writing chapters and couldn't agree on who Morgan should be. I also sussed-out who the killer was well before the end and found the plot bizarre from then on. The authors may be great separately but this was obviously written simply as a money-maker. Poor decision!
Suspenseful with abundant plot twists, read this on a dark and stormy night.
proves that if you are an insider in publishing nobody will challenge that a 'book' you submit billed as a thriller is neither a thriller, a novel, a reason to cut down a tree or worth more than a plug nickel. Has a ton of red herrings, long boring whining monologues on rescue dogs and shelters, unbelievable characters, lots of name brand references and tons of names of New York City intersections (i.e. padding, not local color). Staggering to think these two women (the writers) are lauded as short story writers since the writing here has no character, atmosphere, sass or anything else. Terrible. And the sex descriptions are embarrassing for the characters.
I was a little weary about reading this book, only because the bad reviews below. I actually found the book to be something different and a page turner for me. I have never read either author before this, so I can't comment on that. A little after halfway thru this book and I was able to guess who the killer was, but it was still an enjoyable and engaging book--check it out for yourself.
A.J. Rich is actually Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment writing as a team, and I was so excited when I heard that. Individually, they are both beautiful writers. Sadly, I found this novel disappointing - poor characterization, repetitive, an implusible plot, and poorly written.
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