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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: GP Putnam And Sons; First Edition edition (Jan. 5 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399151273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399151279
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 336 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #841,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 13 2004
Format: Hardcover
I admit it: I'm a fan of the show LAW AND ORDER. Can't get enough. So naturally, books such as this catch my eye. But RETRIBUTION is different. First of all, the pacing is totally different from a TV show and what the author does with character development is truly wonderful. I always know when a writer is right on the mark: I get goosebumps, and boy did I get them during the scene where the main character realizes she's looking at the guy who raped her. If you're one for great drama and excellent writing, check this book out. Also would recommend THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD which is NOT a legal thriller but an excellent book nevertheless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4 2006
Format: Paperback
I am one fussy reader- needing a book that not only takes me away from it all, but one that completely grabs ahold of me and won't let me go!!! It's got to be written intelligently, with substance (unlike SO many thrillers out there) and of course with gripping suspense, and twists and turns that I never saw coming- and, normally, I almost always do! I couldn't stop thinking about this book when I was forced to put it down (WAY WAY past my bedtime!...lost a lot of sleep, literally, over this book!)- and even then, I was aching to get back to it the next available moment I could find. I couldn't stop thinking about what the character was going through, afraid of what would happen next, what would reveal itself. Honestly, I gasped out loud, re-read the previous page more than once in absolute disbelief as to what had just unfolded-it was THAT unexpected and mind blowing! And I literally felt a loss when I was done reading it- I missed the character and I missed the literal rush I recieved during the reading of this novel and honestly have not had that kind of amazing ride since- despite my search and reading many other thrillers from other well known authors.
Truly, an amazing psychological thriller that's get's in your head and emotions. It's intelligent, scary, suspenseful, sometimes gruesome and horrifying. It will grab you and not let you go, and is full of twists and turns like I've never experienced in a novel yet, ones that noone could predict!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Veronica on July 4 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have a confession to make; I really did not like this book. I couldn't finish reading past about a quarter of the way through - but because I ALWAYS read to the end I forced myself to skim read the rest. I can't understand such great accolades for stereotypical characters and a plot that, beyond the chilling rape scene at the beginning, failed to impress me.
I didn't like the style of writing from the beginning. Chloe Larson came across as irritating as hell in the first couple of chapters. I wanted to shout "Okay, I understand that she has perfect blond hair, a perfect size 4 body, a perfect life - enough already!' The plot was spoilt by over-the-top physical descriptions that sounded as though they came from notes on a Hollywood movie. Seriously though, the fact that the heroine had blond hair was mentioned far too many times in the first twenty pages, why didn't the editors notice this?
The book seemed to plod by, with paragraphs that went on forever and led nowhere. So much of it was predictable: Young blond woman is brutally attacked, she changes her looks and comes out the other side 'tough' but vulnerable, falls for brooding, dark-haired Italian Detective...and so on. I don't mean to sound patronising, it's just that I read a huge number of books and I've read this type of thing so many times before. What's more, I've seen the movie so many times before.
Overall I could not recommend this book because it was so hackneyed and stereotypical. The scariest and best-written scene was near the beginning and it all went downhill from there.
JoAnne
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By Sally Herchel on Jan. 17 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I like this type of book and was very sorry to have finished it. I liked the suspense and thought she did a very good job of keeping the identity a secret. I am looking forward to more books from this author.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a good book to curl up with on the beach this summer. A real page turner! It wasn't without it's flaws, but I argue that it is much better than some of the tripe that is being pawned off as "thrillers" these days. While the characters were in large unlikeable, it is also the case with MYSTIC RIVER by Lehane, yet everyone upholds him to be a fantastic author. The plot wasn't any less surprising as DA VINCHI CODE, yet people seem to think that was the best book ever written. In other words, it's amazing that the criticism applied to this book turns a blind eye to other books that suffer the same flaws. I wouldn't pick this book up to be intellectually stimulated, but for an entertaining read on the beach, this is perfect.
That being said, I was somewhat confused by the ending. The therapist confesses to the crimes, but nothing becomes of it, and the villian's guilty verdict is upheld by appeals. So was he actually framed, or was the therapist just crazy and saying things to mess with C.J.? I can't tell. It was probably the biggest chunk of plot development, yet it was rushed at the end. C.J.'s ethical transgressions were pretty much excused in the epilogue. It would have been fascinating to see how she dealt with her wrong doings, as well as the defense attorney, who seemed to be torn apart regarding her ethics at one point. So there are ways this book could have been made better, but take it as it is - a book for the masses to enjoy. I would be happy to read Hoffman again, which is more than I can say for other authors, such as Lehane and Brown, who people have touted over Hoffman in their reviews.
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