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Angel Face [Mass Market Paperback]

Suzanne Forster
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Who is Angel Face? A serial killer who has a penchant for doctors, an innocent victim who is being framed by the CIA or a nonentity? The reader will have as much trouble trying to determine the identity of this elusive figure as California surgeon Jordan Carpenter, and Forster's clumsy plotting and purple prose ("They had answered the incessant drumbeat pounding within them") does little to guide the reader through this tangled web. When a mysterious CIA agent knocks on Jordan's door to inform him that he's on Angel Face's death list, Jordan is doubtful that the man's suspect, beautiful Angela Lowe, could be a murderer. Jordan soon learns, however, that Angela has the instincts of a trained killer and a history of abuse that could unhinge any sane person. For reasons never made clear, Jordan hunts Angela down, whisks her off to the Mexican jungle and tries to make her remember long-forgotten incidents from her past. In the process, passion flares between the two. Forster (The Morning After; Sinful) is noted for writing romantic suspense tinged with eroticism, but the masochistic aspect of this relationship will stun even her most stalwart fans. A hasty conclusion leaves many loose ends dangling, and the novel's flat characters will do little to hold the reader's attention.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Plot Didn't Reach Its Potential July 9 2010
By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Heart surgeon, Jordon Carpenter has been told by a CIA agent that a woman is going to murder him because he's on her physician hit list. When a close call makes it clear that the agent is right, Jordon decides to take action and pursue the woman known as Angel Face. When he catches up with suspect Angela Lowe, it appears that years of her memories have been erased although, bit by bit, they're starting to return. As they do, things begin to heat up between Angela and Jordon. After all, this is romantic suspense.

So, the question is, what would you do with a plot about a woman who might be a serial killer, but she just can't remember? The idea could have been taken in a number of more plausible directions than author Suzanne Forster chose for this novel, however, she did a good job of portraying main characters as neither all evil or all good. They definitely fall into a murky gray area and spiral down into animalistic survival mode which kept me turning the pages. This was the first Forster novel I've read and I've heard this isn't her best work. Would I read another book by Suzanne Forster? Sure, but not right away and not when there are so many authors I've yet to read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Glad I bought this second-hand! April 28 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sad to say, this was pretty disappointing. I gave it a fair chance (and even finished it, kudos to me!), but I couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to believe in the flimsy plot and outrageous coincidences that pepper this book. I've read much stronger fanfic, and that's saying a lot.

Glad I only paid a fraction of what this book sells for new. Don't waste your money - go check out something like The First Man In Rome by Colleen McCullough, or S.M. Stirling's Dies The Fire, or even the Jack Reacher series from Lee Child. All much more bang for your buck.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Confused plotting and lack of credibility April 5 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An embarrassing misfire from Suzanne Forster who gave us sexually-charged read like her Blush and Innocence. ANGEL FACE as her latest work involves Dr. Jordan Carpenter who gets entangled with a killer Angel Face. He is informed by CIA agent Edwin Truitt that he is deemed the next target by the lust murderer who has slained off other doctors. She is rumoured to be disturbed from her abused past and entices her prey with her innocence. Angela Lowe works at SmartTech a researching company who specializes in its invention of a system that taps into the mind of violent serial killer. Haunted by fragments of her pasts, she decides to piece them out through Jordan who is cautious of her begiling identity as Angel Face....
ANGEL FACE lacks the credibility to fuel its suspense. Her knowledge of clinical psychology explodes and bombards the reader, taking him to several unnecessary plot twists. Though erotically titillating at times with the jungle scene between Jordan and Angela, the plot tends to be confusing and ends up in a sputtering mess even to the point when the explanation is done. As such the reader is busy figuring out the plot rather than focusing his attention on Jordan and Angela.
It tries to be avant-garde but the contrived twists make ANGEL FACE confusing and absurd to even consider this read angelic. Forster's penchance for building erotic tension is thus a wasted effort here to bolster the romance. ANGEL FACE could have been so much more.
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1.0 out of 5 stars FIRST AND LAST... Sept. 19 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my first and last book by Suzanne Forster. Had heard good things about past books and thought that I would give this one a try.
Bizarre characterizations and an absurdly convuluted plot made this book painful to read. It just kept getting worse!
If I could give zero stars, I would.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A plot line only it's mother could love... Aug. 31 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have enjoyed Suzanne Forster's books in the past, so I was thrilled to see this in the store. However, it's convoluted plot was so unbelievable that I had trouble turning the pages. The whole Mexico scenario was absurd. This book has made me place Ms. Forster's future novels on my "checkout from the library" list - rather than buying her products from the store. Save your money!
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