Whispers Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
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 is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than seventy-five novels, including Close to Home, Tell Me, Deserves to Die, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, and Shiver. She has over twenty million copies of her books in print in nineteen languages. She lives with her family and a rambunctious pug in the Pacific Northwest. Readers can visit her website at www.lisajackson.com and check out her blog at http://lisajacksonauthor.blogspot.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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, [....]
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This is a fluffy book that may be suitable for a beach read. I lost count of how many times I rolled my eyes at the over-the-top phrases. Read morePublished 7 days ago by inyyz
The mystery was very well constructed, with many a red herring and even more shadowy figures to go with it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lady Sam
Language do harsh at top. Especially with your son. I tried to return. Made a mistake but ended up worth itPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good read. You just want to pick it right back up every time you put it downPublished 19 months ago by Michelle Jakubowski
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.
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.Published on Dec 25 2013 by Del Penner
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by LaSonya Woodom