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Avg. Rating: 3.07
Truly a juxtaposition of UPS and DOWNS!
This was a frustrating book to read! It started with a good basic story line, and a likeable main character (Judge Hunt). The dialogue was strong and moved the story along - BUT the characters and happenings were trite, stereotyped, and totally unbelievable! Judge Hunt discovers an brutally injured child unconscious in a forest, obviously beaten and sexually molested...and he does NOT rush her to qualified medical help. This is a BIG leap to try to believe - which of us would consider ourselves qualified to treat a small child in this shape? After several days (of dodging the "bad guys"), he is accosted by the child's mother (Molly), who believes he is the kidnapper. Now, not only has she found her child single-handedly in this random location, she turns out to be the ex-wife of a famous rock star, as well as the daughter of a big-time Crime Lord! Lo, and behold, as this threesome tries to outwit the bad guys and figure out "whodunit" (I ended up not knowing, and not caring by the finish) they have some far flung adventures (from Las Vegas to Ireland). Savich and Sherlock (from Coulter's previous novel) flit in and out, contributing little other than to exchange witty repartee with the Judge. As the net tightens, another huge leap is required to believe that Judge Hunter (previously extolled as a paragon of virtue) suddenly tolerates (welcomes?) a relationship with Molly's father, the Crime Lord! Help! The book is loaded with undeveloped characters popping in and out, and dangling story lines that you wished were developed! And finally, the story is saddled with an unsavory, unbelievable villain. Yet through it all, it was impossible not to wish it was more believable - the touch of magic often found in Coulter's books was just under the surface, ready to pop out. I read it to the end, still wanting to like it more than I did!
Nicely paced "run, chase, hide , is this love (?) thriller.
This is my favorite type of romance thriller. I like the masculine yet sensitive men( no pun intended). I like the suspense and the way the main characters seem to grow in some depth by the end of the book. I also like the way the author deals with a very serious issue such as sexual abuse of children and shows that there is hope for those unfortunate children who have been victims. I think that ths book was not necessaily completely believable as far as the judge not taking the little girl for medical help right away, but if he had done so the story could not have progressed to the mother and he meeting and forming the tight unit that they became.Then again I don't read these kind of books if I'm looking for a reality check. I only recently started reading Catherine Coulter books. On the whole I must say I like them a lot. The contemporary ones are my favorites; they describe the type of man a woman wants in real life but never truly finds.
I loved this book!!! This is a book that you can read over and over and never get tired of it! It was sooooo good! Judge Hunt&Molly were terrific together! Now I have to read the Maze as they introduced the FBI agents from that book! Definitely a great read!
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