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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (Dec 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553578243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553578249
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 10.5 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #634,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Not only has Laurie R. King created two amazing original series, the Kate Martinelli and Mary Russell books, but she has written this riveting book as well. She is a master at creating suspense, not in a cheesy John Grisham way, but deliberately leaving you hanging at the end of the chapter so you can't wait to turn the page and find out what happens. This book has a lot of interesting psychological discussions of people involved in cults and shows the mentality of the leaders, and the followers. I think King is a very fair and balanced leader and doesn't make the mistake some writers would make with this subject by showing all cult leaders as amoral, or all cults as harmful. The book keeps you hanging until the ending, which is concise bordering on abrupt. I could see how some people were dissapointed with the ending because it was so curt, but in a way, that's more interesting than books with a long drawn out conclusion and typical "happy ending." King leaves it ambiguous and more up to the reader's imagination (or maybe open to a sequel, I'm not sure). Once again, Laurie R. King shines in the world of shallow popular fiction, outstanding among her peers.
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By E. dutenhaver on July 9 2001
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I really liked this book. I felt like I was right there with her in the story. I think the book was well written. The only thing that I didn't like was that the ending was was kinda abrupt. Hopefully we'll see more of Anne Waverly.
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Anne Waverly is a university professor specializing in cults and cult mentalities. When FBI agent Glen McCarthy approaches her for her help in infiltrating a potentially dangerous cult, she says no. This is work she's done for him before, and she doesn't know that she can adopt her other personality as a gullible, innocent, middle-aged woman in search of a place to belong as convincingly as she has in the past. She finally agrees, as Glen knew she would, and starts off to find her way into this cult, Change, in Sedona, Arizona. Change uses the belief that heat and pressure creates change into something better, and centers on alchemy, the practice of turning lead into gold. Her interest in cults and cult mentalities stems from when she, her husband, and her child were in a cult. One day when she went off on her own for some thinking, her husband, her little girl, and the other members of the cult drank poisoned drinks and died. When she encounters a child at Change that could be her little girls twin, she becomes fiercely protective and involved with the little girl and her older brother.
As a thriller or suspense, this novel was pretty disappointing. I didn't feel like I was on the edge of my seat, or that it was a "page-turner". I wasn't at all inclined toward biting my nails and I wasn't "horrified". It wasn't much of a mystery, either. It was an interesting story of a woman trying to find out if this cult was dangerous, but that was all. Read this book because it is an interesting account of a cult, seemingly well-researched, but don't expect much more than that.
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This is my first book by this author after seeing her speak at a bookshop near home where at least 100 people turned out to listen to her discuss her new book FOLLY. She was interesting and witty and I love a good mystery so I jumped right in. The story leads you into a cult that is rooted by the belief of change and transformation by work and heat. The work that it's followers are led to do is based on the properties of alchemy which is the medieval science pertaining to the transformation of a substance such as lead into silver and gold. The subject on it's own merit caught my attention and seemed quite interesting but I have to say the book dragged on.
Anne Waverly goes in as an undercover FBI agent to get to the bottom of things and is immediately paired up with two children that steal her heart away. It becomes her personal mission to save them from this nightmare that has become their life. For a mystery I found this book quite easy to put down, lacking the page turning effect these books usually have on me. I hoped for more as I read deeper into the book but bombastic as the ending was, it wasn't enough to save the book as a whole. I will try another of King's books because she is so highly praised but I would give this book no more than 3.5 stars. Kelsana 5/11/01
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By A Customer on April 20 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When compared with other mysteries the book was quite good. The plot develops in an pleasantly deliberate manner. SPOILER WARNING! However, this is the second book I have read recently that depends entirely on the narrator's description of the thoughts of a single character and yet ends with that character unconscious. The author spends hundreds of pages making the reader dependent on the inner monologue and reflections of the main character and then essentially abandons the reader by not providing that character's reflections on the ultimate events in the story. If the main character dies, so be it, but if she is alive, we want to hear from her.
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By A Customer on Jan. 12 2001
Format: Hardcover
I love Laurie King's other books, so I was enormously disappointed that this one has none of her crackling dialogue, wonderful character development and engrossing storytelling. I waited and waited for it to "get started" -- but alas, it never did. Too much intellectualizing, a lot of wordy prose, weak and uninteresting characters. Every writer is entitled to a clunker now and then. I guess this one is King's. I recommend all of her other books highly. Anyone who hasn't read them is missing a real treat!
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