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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (Feb. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155166691X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551666914
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 16.6 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 594 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,868,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 13 2004
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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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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By G E. Learned on 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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By A Customer on Jan. 1 2004
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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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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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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By A Customer on March 28 2003
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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