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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.

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"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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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? March 25 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An intern to a California State senator goes missing. It turns out the senator was having an affair with her. Sound familiar? This story seems to be loosely based on the Gary Condit and Chandra Levy story. The narration jumps around from one character to another, but once I got used to this style of writing, the story was easier to follow. I'm not normally a big fan of political thrillers, but Hill made this one interesting. The characters are complex and the dialog is especially well done. The story moves along at a good clip and there were frequent hooks to past secrets that kept me turning pages. There was a bit of graphic sex toward the end, which might not be for everyone. Even if the reader is not familiar with the Condit/Levy story, I think they will find this an interesting read.
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Roller Coaster Feb. 8 2004
Format:Hardcover
This book is a hard one to review. I loved reading the first 90% of it. The problem arose in that I was pretty sure about a third in that I knew who-done-it and was reading just because it was a very well crafted story with great character development. The problem was the end started feeling more and more rushed to me, and when I finally got there, felt it was a let-down for such a great build-up.
Not a bad read, but I wouldn't rush out for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding Narrative! Jan. 1 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book will hook you until the very end. It keeps you wondering what will happen next. Although ripped from the headlines, it doesn't disappoint. Bonnie Hearn Hill writes as though she understands each character and the motives that drives each, leading to a cohesive, spellbinding narrative. The different points of view make for exciting reading, without confusion. I highly recommend this book and Huegela House to any mystery reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! May 8 2003
Format:Hardcover
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I stayed up way too late because I had to find out April 19 2003
Format:Hardcover
This book grabbed me from the first page and wouldn't let me stop until I found out what really happened to the "intern". In each chapter, Hill gives just enough information to reel you in a little tighter but always leaves you wanting more.
This book shows both sides of this disturbing case - you feel the pain of the victim's family as well as the suspects family. The plot is very plausable - it is easy to see how one event led to the next but you never know what that next event will be.
I've enjoyed Hill's nonfiction books, but her fiction is even better. I can't wait for her next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful mystery March 28 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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. Telling the story from everyone's point of view could have been confusing, but Bonnie Hearn Hill knows just how to do it. I also recommend Huelga House, another wonderful read. Hope you don't miss this intriguing story.
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