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Whispers [Mass Market Paperback]

Lisa Jackson
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Aug. 1 2003 Zebra Romantic Suspense Zebra Books
It's been 16 years since Claire St John fled in terror from the family home on Lake Arrowhead - 16 years since her fiance's tragic death and the shocking secret she promised never to reveal. Now she returns home to face a past she's tried to forget.

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In a letter to readers, Jackson (Cold Blooded, etc.) declares this a "spanking brand new edition" of her 1999 romantic suspense novel, complete with new twists and a new ending. As such, it should generate plenty of excitement among her fans, but new readers may be put off by the book's overabundance of sex and violence. After being approached to run for Governor of Oregon, Dutch Holland vows to lay the skeletons of his past to rest. He soon learns, however, that they won't go away so easily. Sixteen years earlier, his rival's younger son, Harley Taggert, was murdered, and Dutch believes one of his own daughters may have been responsible. Now, journalist Kane Moran has returned home to crack open the case and write a book about it, despite the fact that his actions may hurt his old crush, single mom Claire Holland, Dutch's daughter. Harley's brother, Weston Taggert, a typical animal-abusing sexual deviant, also hates Dutch and would do anything to discredit the Hollands. The relationship between Kane, a lowborn, abused bad boy, and the unreachable, well-off Claire follows a familiar path, but the pages practically sizzle when they're together. Stock secondary characters and predictable family dramas leech away some of the suspense, but Jackson livens up her story with a final, dizzying twist.
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About the Author

Lisa Jackson has been writing romantic fiction for fifteen years. Over sixty of her books have been published and reprinted in more than a dozen foreign languages. A single mother, she is a native of Oregon, where she still resides with her two teenage sons. Lisa is often asked what is the key to her success, and her unfailing answer is a keen imagination, incredible friends, loving family, and always, loads of laughter. As Oscar Wilde is purported to have said, "Life is too important to be taken seriously."

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. You just want to pick it right ... July 2 2014
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Good read. You just want to pick it right back up every time you put it down
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4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner April 25 2014
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As usual this is a very good experience and an excellent story.
Lisa's novels are truly a track into the unknown. Can't stop reading until the end.
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1.0 out of 5 stars whispers and what it feel about it. Dec 25 2013
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The book just drags on and there are always new people and then all of a sudden there are some more people. Just can't keep up with it. I have been reading it for weeks now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jackson Cranks up the Heat! Sept. 13 2006
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Lisa Jackson's romantic suspense `Whispers', is the kind of book I most enjoy taking on a holiday. It is filled with suspense, an easy read, hard to put down but if I have to, I can get back into it easily. Jackson knows how to write the perfect `getaway' novel. She is in my personal top 10, of female authors I read.

As the letter in the beginning of the novel states, `Whispers' is a reprint of an earlier 1996 edition that has been revised and includes "new twists and turns". I believe I read the earlier version as I've read almost all of Jackson's books, but since I'm an avid reader I don't recall for sure. All I do know is that when I want a good read, I pick one of Lisa Jackson's suspenseful novels.

`Whispers' is the story of three Holland sisters, one of whom may be responsible for murdering Harley Taggert, their father's rival's son. Claire Holland returns to her family lake house after sixteen years and struggles to keep a secret that has haunted her. Kane Moran, journalist-turned-writer from the `wrong side of the tracks' (or lake) has also returned. With one purpose in mind. To write the book by getting to the truth and exposing the murderer of Harley Taggert.

In a modern day Romeo and Juliet-like plot, Kane and Claire may come from opposite sides of the bank, but their attraction is raw, appealing and undeniable. In fact, all the characters are developed expertly, the pacing is taut and the revelations make sense. That is what makes a great suspense novel. If you're looking for a solid read with crisp characters and dialogue, check out `Whispers'. You won't be disappointed. Kudos, Lisa!

~ Cheryl Kaye Tardif, [....]
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but she really needs an editor March 26 2004
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Overall this is a very good story with an interesting plot and characters. However, as was stated by another reviewer, there are way too many repetitions of the same themes, and even the exact same words, over and over again. But even worse than that are the glaring discrepancies. Like this from Chapter 26 "He looked so deeply into her eyes she was certain he could see past her pain, past her lies, to the truth. The seconds ticked by in silence and finally Miranda opened her eyes." How the heck was he looking deeply into her eyes if her eyes were closed????? There are too many of these to list, but another example is that early in the book it is stated that Claire found out her husband was cheating on her when she was pregnant with her daughter, and late in the book it is stated that she found first found out when her daughter was two. Discrepancies like this spoil my enjoyment of the book.
However, I did really like the story. This is the first Lisa Jackson book that I have read and I definitely will read more of her work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Fictional Work Feb. 23 2004
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I am thoroughly enjoying "Whispers" by Lisa Jackson. The characters are very clearly described in the book. I absolutely love the feud involving the two families. This makes for very good reading. Kudos, Lisa for another fantastic read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should Sleeping Dogs Lie???? Feb. 16 2004
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I have read both versions of this book and they are both equally impressive. I say Ms. Jackson sure has the ability to put people on the edge of thier seats. Once again, I lost sleep reading this book.
This starts off with a multi-millionaire, Dutch Holland running for Governor of Oregon. He summons all his rich daughters to his home because he needs to get to the bottom of the murder of a Harley Taggert that happened many years ago. Harley was engaged to marry the protogist of this story, Claire who is also Dutch's daughter. Dutch wants to make sure that his daughters had nothing to so with the murder since that can ruin his chances of becoming the Governor. His obstacles is the Taggert family since both families had hostile business competition for many years. The Taggerts will do anything to destroy the Holland name, especially Weston Taggert who has the ability to use and abuse women.
Claire left Oregon for another life in another state right after the murder to put the episode out of her mind. Now, she is happily divorced with two children. She finds herself getting attracted to Kane Moran who grew up on the wrong side of the road. Kane Moran has come back from the military to write a tell all book on the murder and intends to get to the bottom of it, but he has an agenda of his own. He was always attracted to Claire and finds the sparks flying again.
The Holland sisters all know what happened the night of Harley's murder and they will do what can not to get exposed and they have thier own reasons, but what reasons, the reader has to figure out for themselves.
I highly recommend this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Was expecting more Oct. 19 2003
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I enjoyed the book at first, but once I really got into it, I found some of the same old information being repeated OVER and OVER. I was so tired of the same expressions, that I began writing them down to see how many more times they would be repeated! Dutch wishing he had "sired" sons, referring to Miranda as the "ice princess," hairs standing up on the back of characters' necks that felt "cold as death" etc. etc. A reader over the age of 12 can get it after the hundreth time that Miranda is icy, Claire is mediocre and Tessa has the wild streak. For Pete's sake!
I also agree with one of the other reviews that the sex scenes were ridiculous. How many times did we have to read the phrase "spread her legs??" And these girls were 15 - 18 years old during these "steamy" encounters. Weston was WAY overdone as a male pig, and the rivalry between the two families was a bit overbearing, as well.
I only gave it two stars because the storyline could have been a really good one without all of the other nonsense.
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