The beautiful stranger John Waters has just met reminds him too much of his old girlfriend-because she is.
Geologist John Waters is living a somewhat comfortable life. He lives in Natchez, Mississippi, has a successful business and a loving family. The only thing that is troubling him is that his wife is reeling from two previous miscarriages and the Environmental Protection Agency is looking hard at some of the work Waters has done. They are all regular problems that eventually will be solved. His life as he knows it will change one afternoon during his daughter's soccer game.
While watching the game he is entranced by Eve Sumner, a young real estate agent working and living at Natchez, who leaves Waters with a sense of deja vu. She sends him a signal only known to him and a former lover named Mallory Candler. What make this even stranger is that Mallory died from a brutal assault and rape that happened in New Orleans ten years ago. What is Eve Sumner's relationship with Mallory? When he finally meets up with Eve he is going to be flabbergasted with what she tells him. She reveals things that only Mallory and Waters could know and once she explains how she knows it will blow his mind.
Everything John took for granted is questioned and he becomes so obsessed with Eve that he is willing to give up his family to be with her. It is not until his family is threatened that he starts to put his life together. Things get worse when Eve's body is found strangled in a motel room and all the evidence points out to Waters.Read more ›
The novel was extremely predictable. There was no thrill. The eroticism seemed tacked-on, cheesy, pointless and excessive. There was no kick at the end, no zing to make you afraid for your own life, nothing.
I was not given any reason to care about a single character, except perhaps Annelise, for whom I felt extreme pity, and who seemed to be created only to give us false-heartwarming feelings for the main character. I was not drawn into their world, I was never made able to see through any single character's eyes.
Halfway through the novel I wanted to burn it, but only held back because I wanted to finish the book and see if it was going to end as blandly as it began, which it did. Besides which, I needed something to read until other books came in the mail.
I grew very tired of the shameless plugs for certain brand names, and I felt like the book was intended to be more of a glorified commercial crossed with a bad romance novel. I also found his attempts at describing where buildings were, where people were going, etc was pointless. "He took this street to that street which crossed over to the other street to this building" as if for some reason I would know where all those streets were, (not having ever heard of Natchez, LA or wherever). The descriptions reminded me of a High School writing assignment.
I do not intend to waste any money on another Greg Iles novel. I cannot afford to take that kind of risk.