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Intern [Hardcover]

Bonnie Hearn Hill
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Feb. 1 2003
The Girl
One minute she is there . . . The next she is gone

At twenty-three, April Wayne has it all aide to charismatic California State Senator Eric Barry, she is beautiful, confident and sure her life is on the right track. And she is in love. It doesn't matter that he's married or that he's her boss. He loves her, and he'll make sure they can be together.

The Senator
One minute he is a hero . . . The next he is a prime suspect

Eric Barry has been charming the state of California for years, proving to be a powerful political contender and a man who gets things done. Then in an instant, he's in the spotlight, his life under scrutiny, his every word and action questioned. All because a girl has disappeared...

The Wife
One minute she is a supportive wife . . . The next she is married to a stranger.

Suzanne Barry has played the part of supportive political wife for one reason: she believes completely in her husband. Now, with the disappearance of one of his young aides, questions about Eric and their life begin to shed light on the lies of their marriage. And Suzanne can no longer ignore the truth: she is married to a stranger.

The Mother
One minute she is a proud mother . . . The next she is desperate to remain one.

Gloria Wayne didn't always agree with her daughter April's choices in life. But she never imagined one could put her in danger. When April disappears, Gloria uses every means possible to keep the pressure on the one man who she believes holds the key to finding her daughter.

One minute you think you know where Intern is going . . . The next you can't believe what you're reading.

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From Publishers Weekly

Although Hill's debut thriller owes much to the Gary Condit political scandal, she creates more than enough suspense to keep readers intrigued. April Wayne, 23, disappears without a trace while interning for California State Sen. Eric Barry. When the media learn that the senator was the last person to be seen with April and that the two were supposedly having an affair, he becomes their prime suspect. April's parents, Gloria and Jack Wayne, are shocked by the news of their daughter's disappearance and affair, which drives a wedge between them. Gloria becomes consumed with finding April, while Jack descends into a paralyzing depression. Senator Barry worries more about his next election than about April. Suzanne Barry, who has always been loyal to her husband, is overcome with doubt about their life together when she learns that he has been unfaithful. "He gives me one of his dazzlers across the table. I want to believe in the face, the eyes, the voice, but I can't." Suzanne's naivete is implausible, but Hill skillfully draws subtle parallels between Suzanne and Gloria as they both deal with their devastating anxieties and scolding consciences. The resolution may be a bit lurid for some tastes, but that won't make it any easier to put this page-turner down.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"INTERN is a book to pick up and not put down." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format:Mass Market Paperback
For several weeks, I haunted Atlanta area bookstores, trying to find a copy of Intern. Repeatedly I heard, "We sold our last copy an hour ago." Once I read the book, I understood why the demand was so high.
When I first heard the title, my assumption was that the story was about physicians in training. However, soon I realized that "intern" took on new meaning during a recent Presidential term. With that in mind, I was not surprised that the book was about a testosterone-driven political leader.
Intern reminded me of Lord Acton's famous saying: "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." This novel reflects today's headlines in many ways. Politicians, super athletes, actors, musicians, and others who merit the term "icon" forget their vulnerability. Having received special treatment for most of their lives, they have escaped consequences that ordinary citizens would face. However, as in the case of Intern's central figure Eric Barry, a day of reckoning comes. Immunity vanishes. Lies and intrigue do not work any longer. A noose tightens, and exit doors close.
Possibly the book's strongest appeal lies in the realistic dialogue. Bonnie Hearn Hill has her characters speak to each other using genuine conversational style, quite unlike what we hear on soap operas or read in tabloids.
Although this is the first Bonnie Hearn Hill book I have read, it won't be the last. I will read what is available now, and anticipate the two books she writes annually.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Suspense Thriller I've Read in Years March 18 2003
By Tim
Fans of Bonnie Hearn Hill know her as the gifted author of Huelga House and Johnnie Ray and Miss Kilgallen, and already respect her talent. Even they are in for an exciting surprise when they crack the spine on Intern. This is a compelling page turner that will keep you riveted with a story that unfolds constantly with new twists. Just when you think you have it figured out, she throws you another curve. If you can't read this straight through, cover to cover, it will drive you nuts to set it down. Bommie Hearn Hill is a great story teller. And don't miss the passing plug for her Best Friend and Main Squeeze - way to go, Bonnie.
Just don't get so caught up in the story that you miss the beauty of her writing. Bonnie Hearn Hill is a talented and skillful word artist. She deftly shifts points of view and tense as her characters develop and carry you along with their lives. As intriging as her story is, I found myself frequently stopping to reread passages from two pages previously because her writing is so good. What a great feeling to be caught up in a story and have to pure beauty of the writing sneak up and blow in your ear.
Personally. I can't wait for the next novel from this engaging new voice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars well written, exciting suspense thriller Feb. 2 2003
In Pleasant View, California, Gloria Wayne reports to the police that her twenty-three years old daughter April is missing. This would be minor local news except that April is an intern working for State Senator Eric Barry. The disappearance of April becomes a media event especially when she was seen the night before she vanished in Sacramento having a drink with Eric.
The police believe that Eric not only had an affair with April and probably other women, but also when pushed for more, he killed her. However, the evidence is not there to prove their contention but Gloria is determined to make Eric pay. Eric's wife Suzanne and their two adult daughters initially believe in him, but begin having doubts that they even know whom he is as circumstantial evidence proves Eric is a philanderer. Still, no information surfaces that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Eric killed April even if his reelection effort is hampered by the implications.
Though a well written, quite exciting suspense thriller somewhat supported by Condit-Levy, sub-genre fans will feel a bit cheated by the fully cleaned up climax with no doubts that justice was served. The tale moves briskly forward through a deep look by the characters mostly impacted by the missing April. Most interesting are Eric who feels unfairly besieged and Suzanne who changes from a supporting spouse into a doubting Thomasina. Bonnie Hearn Hill provides thriller fans with a tale from the headlines that though too immaculately wrapped up will give plenty of satisfaction to readers.
Harriet Klausner
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as thrilling as I thought it would be June 13 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I saw this book while browsing in a bookstore and decided it would be "an edge of your seat" thriller. The beginning of the book was really good and it was hard to put down. Somewhere in the middle, I just lost interest in the story and my mind wandered as I read the pages. I have mixed feelings about recommending this book. If you have others that you are anxiously waiting to read, my suggestion would be read those first. Then when you have nothing else to read, read this one. It's not a suspense, thrill-ride book.
One thing I will give the author is her ability to write in four perspectives to tell the story. I thought she did a great job of tailoring her writing styles to fit each narrator. At the beginning of each chapter, the author will let the reader know which character is speaking. At times, I didn't have to read that; I was just able to tell through her writing techniques.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ripped From The Headlines?
An intern to a California State senator goes missing. It turns out the senator was having an affair with her. Sound familiar? Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by N. Sausser
2.0 out of 5 stars Roller Coaster
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
Awesome read. This was a great book by a gifted writer. Hearn Hill weaves fact and fiction seamlessly and gives a dynamite payoff. I couldn't put it down.
Published on May 8 2003 by Love2Read
5.0 out of 5 stars I stayed up way too late because I had to find out
This book grabbed me from the first page and wouldn't let me stop until I found out what really happened to the "intern". Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful mystery
I simply could not put the book down! I read constantly, and it is one of the few that I've read that I couldn't leave once I started it. Read more
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I could not stop reading this twisted story of power, lust, lies, and fatal denial. Bonnie Hearn Hill is a masterful writer who knows how to keep a story building to its shocking... Read more
Published on March 15 2003 by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely riveting
I could not put this book down. I didn't want it to end. I can't remember the last time I was so fascinated by a novel. My heart ached for every one of these characters. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A non-stop page turner
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