Kate's sister JoLynn opens the paper one morning and decides she will fall in love and marry the serial killer who's handsome picture is plastered all over the front page. His trial is moving along and JoLynn decides to meet with him to give him her support.
The rest is totally absurd with little merit. I find it hard to believe the same author wrote both of these books. The one redeeming aspect is that this author excels at creating living, breathing, characters, even the ones that behave in the most unbelievable manner. Kelsana 4/23/02
Kate is a shrew to her poor, long suffering husband. She acts stupid and irrational. Why did he put up with her? She treats her daughter Sara like dirt. She makes that monkey Michelle sound like perfection, when Michelle is really just a nasty little girl. No wonder people didn't like her either. She has to be the big boss with her sister and run the show all the darn time. Katie was just a dictator, a tyrant and a lying hypocritcal fool.
The way she installed her Alzheimer's mother in Sara's room was mean. Why didn't Monkey Michelle ever make sacrifices? She was such a lying little con artist.
Kate was not a character one could like. Her sister was. However, I did have trouble with the ironically named "Colin Friendly," the jailed murderer Kate's sister is so enamored with. The name was a gross misnomer and the character was a stereotypical villian.
Kate was not a competent psychiatrist. Even Lucy with her cardboard booth would have been a better choice. The fictional Lucy only charged a nickel for her "services" and as far as we know, never divulged anything her "clients" said in confidence.
I did not find much mystery in the book about what was going to happen; and, even tho we are dealing throughout with a gruesome serial killer, I did not find it a serious thriller. You might want to read the book to find out why.
The book is loosely written as a soap opera diary, and for me it is too realistic about the day-to-day problems we encounter in real life. The book describes problems with Kate's children (not especially interesting children), problems with alzheimers of a parent, whether to have an affair or not, etc.
I like a book that I can escape into that takes me away from the here and now and lets me experience someone else's interesting life. Kate Sinclair, the main protagonist, with so many personal problems which she does not handle well, is a therapist who I believe should probably have her professional license pulled.
In reading this book, Kate's family problems (and even her patients' problems) are fairly common and realistic problems. So common, that I could not help but find myself considering my life experiences as it went along. Only briefly at the very end of the book was any there any mystery about the outcome of the book. Little surprise for me.
I rate it 4 stars because not only did I finish it (always good for 3 stars), I found the book was good enough that I kept reading, and looking for the mystery & thriller, even while I was aware it would not be there for me.
If you like well-written lifelike "Soap Opera" with little thriller or mystery, this book is for you.
I know Joy Fielding can do better in the mystery and thriller department from past books I've read.
Kate's husband Larry is a gentle, self-effacing man who lets her ride roughshod all over him. I didn't like the way Kate tried to pick a fight with him over nothing. She said their daughter Sara's teacher called and when Larry understandably wanted to know what she [the teacher] had to say, Kate lambastes him for assuming the teacher is a woman. Turns out the teacher is female and Kate does not let up on Larry for the rest of the evening. She is a shrew and an impossible plague. Larry wisely did not take her bait. He was an adult to her tantrumming child.
Michelle is a phony. I hate her. I hated the way Kate played favorites and treated Sara like Cinderella. She moves her mother into Sara's room, beats Sara instead of telling her that she knows Sara sneaked off to her aunt's wedding and waves Michelle in her face like a funky flag. Michelle is a goody 2 shoes and a phony creep. I hate her. Too bad Kate didn't catch onto her sooner. Michelle is about as trustworthy as a fox in a chicken house or a truck full of rats. She's devious and has a heart of stone and is always calculating some way to worm her way into somebody's heart and use them to her advantage. Michelle should be flushed away. Sara is a rebel, but that is part of her age. She is railing against the favoritism shown to stinky Michelle and she feels her aunt is the only person who cares about her. I didn't care much for Kate, but she was OK when she acted like an adult from time to time instead of trying to pick arguments with people.