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Angel Face Mass Market Paperback – Jan 11 2002

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (MM) (Jan. 11 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425180972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425180976
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,456,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 9 2010
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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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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By A Customer on Aug. 23 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoy Suzanne Forster's books but each time I read one, especially like Angel Face, I wish she put a little more into them. Her plot(s) seem to be solid, such as Angel Face's was. Serial killer in doubt; a single gorgeous rich doctor tracks her down in Mexico out of intrigue. OK I could buy the plot, but I just feel as if the writing doesn't get beneath the surface of the plot to make me believe in it. I mean I totally thought Angela Lowe was off her rocker when she had Jordon all tied up and was "torturing" him. I mean you look at that, and some books make you believe that even the impossible can come true, but it seemed too much like a male fantasy and not what a skittish, amnesiac female would do. And what was with the fruit juice??? I just couldn't buy that Jordon could love Angela, maybe lust after her body, but not love her-- she seemed like such a nut case and most people make wide leeway for crazy people, especially hunky single doctors (the saw-bones ones anyway).
I thought Blush had excellent potential but even that did not live up to the expectation that I thought it could have...but then Suzanne is a published author and I am not.
I like Suzanne Forster, I just wish she had more ink on the paper. I hope to read something excellent from her soon and recount my beliefs on her stories.
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The CIA arrived on the doorstep of Jordan Carpenter, a brilliant surgeon, claiming he was the target of a serial killer named 'Angel Face.' One look at her picture, and Jordan was enthralled. Thereafter, his every thought centered around this vision. How could she have killed? The police could not be involved. Angela Lowe performed research for SmartTech, mapping the brain's workings as a part of a study on psychological profiling to determine when killers might kill. She had lost a year of her life and wasn't sure of anything from that period. Jordan agreed to help the CIA after finding a dead doctor clutching a defibrillator. When Angela arrived at Jordan's door claiming he was a research subject, Jordan attacked her, and she acted like a wounded bird. He began to question the CIA's veracity and hunted Angela into the Mexican rain forests where she was confronting her memories. The story takes us into the mind of a confused woman and a lonely man who fall hopelessly in love. Somewhere along the road, several conflicting subplots leave the reader confused and the credibility becomes questionable.
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Though a legend for his cardiothoraciac surgery which is on the cutting edge of the field, fortyish Dr. Jordan Carpenter has all the problems that stereotype bachelors. However, he soon has a new set of trouble when CIA Agent Edwin Truitt enlists his help in a matter of national security that at first hearing sounds more like a FBI case concerning a serial killer. The culprit, a former operative, beautiful twenty-seven years old �ANGEL FACE� has gathered information that could cause a world war even as she targets doctors for death. Jordan is number four on her death list, making him the next target.
SmartTech�s biopsychologist Angela Lowe is comparing the brain patterns of geniuses and maniacs. She begins fieldwork by interviewing some of her subjects including Jordan. He realizes she is Angel Face yet finds he obsessively desires her in spite of the obvious danger she poses. She reciprocates his needs, but fears the threat he poses to her survival and the gaps in her memory that might be more than just fantasized homicides and Angela does not want to kill the doctor that she begins to love.
ANGEL FACE is an exhilarating thriller that never slows down as readers, just like Jordan does, will wonder how the radiant Angela Lowe can be a cold-hearted killing machine. The story line is fast-paced and filled with action and several twists that amplify the action and insight into the characters. The technology enhances the cutting edge of the plot so those fans of medical chills, serial kills, and romantic suspense thrills share an invigorating tale that showcases Suzanne Forster�s writing skills.

Harriet Klausner
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