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  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (April 29 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312956932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312956936
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.8 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,532,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate on Oct. 24 2003
Format: Hardcover
I ordered Sacred Prey after reading Schilling's second novel, Quietus. I was expecting another book like Quietus, and was quite surprised how different Sacred Prey turned out to be. While equally unique and riveting, Sacred Prey is clearly Schilling's first novel. Her prose are not on the same polished level as Quietus, but her story-telling ability is strong none-the-less. After I stopped expecting Quietus and approached the book with an open mind, I found myself once again taken in by Schilling's adept story-telling and insight into the human condition. Schilling writes so vividly that the characters begin living and breathing in your every waking hour. Sacred Prey is a very fast read that is great for a weekend trip. In it, you will see the masterful author that emerges so beautifully in Quietus. I can't wait to see what Schilling does with her next novel! I am now a devoted reader!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 19 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a novel with an intriguing premise. It details the story of a wealthy, prominent business man, Adam Claiborne, who has a loan sharking sideline for which he is the brains and his brother, Kyle, is the brawn. Adam shells out cash to those unfortunates who are unable to secure a loan through more legitimate means. Kyle is the collector who enforces a draconian repayment plan.
Adam is also an unhappily married family man and a devout Catholic, who routinely gets absolution from his parish priest for his inevitable sins, including murder, in connection with his thriving loan sharking operation. When his regular parish priest becomes unavailable, a new priest refuses to follow suit, until Adam has had an opportunity to walk in the shoes of his victims.
Adam awakens the next morning only to find himself in the body of Charlie Sinclair, one of three victims he had just killed two days before. He soon realizes that time has been rolled back three days, time in which he must find a way to forestall the events that he knows lie ahead. As he relives the experiences of Charlie Sinclair, his old self, Adam, is also reliving the events.
The plot, while intriguing, fails to answer an important question. If Adam is now in Charlie's body, who the heck is in Adam's body? It is ostensibly Adam, but how can he be in two bodies at once? There is also some confusion on the issue of the timing. The murders in question happened on the night before Adam went to confession. He goes to bed and the next day is Sunday, only he discovers as Charlie that it is again Thursday, claiming that it is three days before his murder. This timeline is simply not possible and representative of very poor editing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30 2002
Format: Paperback
I have read a lot of books, but this is the first that I have not been able to put down until I finished it. I highly recommend it.
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