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Palindrome [Hardcover]

Stuart Woods
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Jan. 18 1991
For years, Liz Barwick has been battered by her brutal husband, a famous pro football player. This time it takes an emergency room to keep her from death. Now, the beautiful and talented photographer retreats to an island paradise off Georgia's coast to find solitude - and herself. As she becomes increasingly involved with the strange and handsome twin scions of the powerful Drummond family, she feels her traumatic memories begin to fade. But when a killer launches a series of gruesome murders, Liz discovers that there is no place to hide - not even in her lover's arms.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Liz Barwick's tranquil life on an island off the Georgia coast turns nightmarish after a tragic secret two decades old is unearthed and her ex-husband, a steroid-crazed NFL star, goes on a murderous rampage. A "fast-paced, multilevel tale of mystery and revenge," said PW. "In a suspenseful--albeit telegraphed--final encounter, one deadly monster destroys another."
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Successful photographer Elizabeth Barwick is almost battered to death by her superstar pro-football player husband. To escape his vengeance, she accepts an offer to photograph Cumberland, a beautiful barrier island off the coast of Georgia. The novel's first four chapters are outstanding, describing Elizabeth's relationships with her husband and hotshot divorce lawyer, episodes which reveal her strength of mind and capture the reader's loyalty and interest. With her arrival on Cumberland however, the pace slows, a love interest with his own quirky past appears, and the story changes so radically the book reads like two separate novels. Attempts to fuse these elements with the reappearance of the psychotic husband don't succeed. This novel can't compare with the author's Chiefs ( LJ 5/1/81), but Woods's wide readership will want to make up their own minds.
- Lydia B. Johnson, Mesa P.L., Ariz.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing! Dec 14 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read many of Stuart Woods books and enjoyed them very much. Palidrome was more than that though. Some friends and I shared a library copy of the unabridged recording of this book on our shift at work. Why do I mention this? Well, it's simple. This book was amazing! We were left spellbound as a group, each of us poking and proding each other all night as things developed in this story. The story is emotional as we were along on this journey with these characters. So many twists and turns left us gasping with those surprised, "OH's" that had our coworkers staring at us. The editorial comments above tell the basics of the story, so I wanted to share the experience of actually reading or listening to it being told. This story had us wrapped up in what was going on for the two nights we listened to it we probably worked more focused than we'd done before simply because our concentration was so involved with this story.
Personally this book had me crying my eyes out at work! I sat at my desk bawling my head off and happily doing so because I enjoyed this book so much. Unlike some of the other reviewers I wasn't expecting the twists and turns of the story, so it was great to have friends just as surprised as I was going through it with me.
Even a couple of years later we still remind each other every so often about this book and tell others about it. This story sticks in your head and makes you care about what is happening to the characters. I may have liked Stuart Woods before this book, but after this I love the way his mind works!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A voice of dissent... Dec 6 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a reader accustomed to the tightly woven and truly imaginative mysteries of Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine, I found this novel workmanlike at best. Woods is an adept writer of bestsellers but a careless craftsman. My first objection: structurally, the novel makes little (much less provocative) sense. It contains two separate and distinct plotlines that never meld. The Cumberland-Island-family plotline, moreover, is larded with rather shameless Gothic twists that never pay off. The most egregious of these is the "twins" subplot after which the novel is titled and which proves utterly pointless; the story would not have been substantively different without it. My second objection: transparency and predictability. Any discerning reader should be able to figure out the "mystery" of the twins about halfway through the book, and the climactic events of the final chapters can be foreseen even earlier. I finished the book with a groan, returned it, and went on to the infinitely more absorbing "The Killing Doll" by Ms. Rendell. If only American publishers, and readers, held their authors to this high a standard!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book with a twist Aug. 19 2001
By LadyT
Liz, a photographer, leaves what apparently was an abusive marriage and disappears to start a new life. Luckily she has a good divorce attorney who gets more from her husband in the divorce settlement than she´¿d expected. With her new found freedom, she heads off to an island where she meets some interesting people who help her settle comfortably into her new life. She happens to meet a man that she´¿s very attracted to. Lucky for her, the feeling is mutual even if he appears to be a little odd. Life seems sweet until the one-by-one, the people she left behind in her old life start turning up dead. After the first death, she suspects her husband, but she´¿s got to convince the police that he´¿s doing the murders. Not only that, she begins to fear for her life. While struggling with these new-found fears, she realizes that her new man friend is a little ´¿different.´¿ She can´¿t figure him out, but she knows that she´¿s definitely attracted to him and she wants to hang in there with him. At the same time, the detective she´¿d talked to about her husband is beginning to believe that just maybe, she´¿s right. He begins an investigation into her ex-husband that could cost him his life.
This was a pretty good book. The story starts off with enough drama to grab your attention, and for the most part, continues on in that same vein. There´¿s always something going on ´¿ whether it´¿s the threat of a murder, the discovery of a mystery that needs to be solved, or just the unfolding events of new relationships ´¿ either way, the book has something to hold your interest. The detective work is pretty good and interesting as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery Oct. 9 2000
By examine
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Palindrome is a masterful novel that no reader will soon forget. Palindrome is an excellent piece of escape fiction by Stuart Woods. This exciting novel pulls the reader in with a fast-paced story that includes murder, mystery, and love. Stuart Woods provides the reader with sufficient information to keep the story interesting while still leaving the reader wanting to know more. He also does an excellent job of integrating the characters and plot with the physical setting to make a truly unique story. The setting for this book is a small island off the coast of Georgia. This is where our main character Liz Barwick has escaped from her potentially dangerous husband, pro football player Bake Ramsey. After Liz has settled down in her newborn house on Cumberland Island, her memories begin to fade, but soon two murders of her close friends send Liz into a panic, and she feels her husband is trying to find her. Soon she discovers that there is no place to hide, not even on an isolated island. This book is full of expense and action, but does not suppress a hard reading level or any deep thought. I recommend this book to the exuberant reader, one that is searching for apprehension.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stuart Woods---Great writer!!!!
Love Stuart Woods books. Have now read 30 of his books. Love them all except how is it that all of his characters were born in Delano, GA? Doesn't seem possible. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kirk Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining!
A very enjoyable read that didn't demand too much of me! Had me a little jumpy here and there with some romance thrown in- a good book to take on a vacation.
Published 12 months ago by Nicole Shuglo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
It had a few slow spots, but all-in-all it was very entertaining. There are several things going on at one time, such as the "crazy ex" and a mystery surrounding the twins that... Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly unforgettable story, Woods at his best! A must read!
There is so much that kept me up late at night reading this book. Liz is a heroine anyone could relate to. Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2002 by "oceanmarina"
5.0 out of 5 stars Palindrome
I have all of Stuart Woods' books. Palindrome is my favorite. The mystery and intrigue keep you guessing until the very end.
Published on Sept. 21 2001 by D. Kuckenmeister
5.0 out of 5 stars The one to read
If you ever thought about reading a novel written by Stuart Woods and could only pick one, this is it. This was a great suspenseful, romantic and exciting book to read. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2000 by Shorty
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense at its BEST!
In my opinion, still Stuart Woods' best work! Palindrome is an edge-of-your-seat, stay-up-till-4 a.m.-to-finish book. Read more
Published on May 7 2000 by Melinda Cannady
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
I am a big Stuart Woods fan. I read this book in one day I couldn't put it down. The plot keeps you guessing and the ending is great! Read more
Published on March 10 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book
In Palindrome, Liz Barwick is married to a professional football player, named Bake Ramsey, who has beaten her for years. Read more
Published on Nov. 15 1999
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