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5.0 out of 5 stars A GENTEEL DESCRIPTION OF A BRUTAL ISSUE
I loved this book. The characters were very believable. Robert Sr., the husband of the protagonist is a spouse batterer. He also verbally abuses their daughter because of her weight problem. The protagonist unfortunately and unwisely stays with this verbally, physically and mentally cruel man because she sees no other options for herself. The daughter wisely runs...
Published on Aug. 17 2000 by BeatleBangs1964

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3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable light reading
Rather stodgy account of a battered wife and her struggles to come to terms with her situation. Predictable ending. Nevertheless, if you skip some of the tedious passages, a good story which compels you to read on andsee how it all actually turns out.
Published on Oct. 5 1998


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5.0 out of 5 stars A GENTEEL DESCRIPTION OF A BRUTAL ISSUE, Aug. 17 2000
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BeatleBangs1964 (United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Whispers (Mass Market Paperback)
I loved this book. The characters were very believable. Robert Sr., the husband of the protagonist is a spouse batterer. He also verbally abuses their daughter because of her weight problem. The protagonist unfortunately and unwisely stays with this verbally, physically and mentally cruel man because she sees no other options for herself. The daughter wisely runs away after her father has belittled her one too many times. She travels out of state, which makes her a more affluent and resourceful runaway than many. I loved Bruce and despite what another reviewer has written, was glad the protagonist found a loving man instead of settling for that beast Robert, Sr.
I was sorry she did not protect her children sooner and I also wish she had not named their son after his cruel father. I wouldn't have named a donkey after him!
Belva Plain's books are a treat for me. Unlike another reviewer notes, I am glad she steers clear from tired, cliche bedroom scenes replete with graphic descriptions of physical intimacy. Hers is the gentle allusion to physical contact and her books are, in my estimation, entertaining, thought provoking and extremely well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book with "beware of whirlwind romances" theme!, Aug. 18 2002
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"oceanmarina" (Bronx, New York USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Whispers (Mass Market Paperback)
A page turner that examines the relationsip of a well-to-do couple with a horrible secret - domestic abuse. The author skillfully shows how this whirlwind romance evolves into an abusive relationship. A must read, the author's best in my opinion. If you liked this book, also read Mary Higgins Clark - A Cry in the Night, it has a similar theme of a whirlwind romance with a seemingly prince charming that turns into a nightmare.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whispers . . ., Dec 28 2001
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J. Hartman (Pittsburgh, PA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Whispers (Audio Cassette)
I found Whispers to be a wonderfully written book. This book shows that it's not the stereotypical poor women with drunk husbands who beat them. The couple in this book, the Fegusons, are a wealthy couple who are admired by many in their community. The husband, Robert is a possessive man who blames his wife for things that are out of her control. He expects Lynn to live by his rules. In this book it is evident that the children are affected by his cruelty as much as Lynn is. There are a few twists and turns in this book that keep it interesting. You are on the edge of your seat waiting for the next rampage to occur just to see if she will finally leave him. The ending is very interesting and suspenseful. A wonderful read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant and realistic View into a battered woman's life..., Dec 4 2001
This review is from: Whispers (Mass Market Paperback)
This was a brillant look into a battered woman's life. It showed that not all women are beaten everyday and every night by drunken husbands, but some are beaten irregularly and abused mentally as well, but its all the same. They are all battered women. This story got to the very heart of the matter and even had the reader feeling sorry for the husband and seeing through the wife's eyes how at times she couldn't help but love him madly and forgives him so many times you have to wonder what will happen.
~Robert and Lynn Ferguson are the 'perfect' couple in everyone's eyes, except Lynn's best friend, Josie, a social worker and her husband, Bruce Lehman. They suspect and know the awful truth that the couple keeps hidden.
Robert is a very accomplished businessman with the world at his feet and wants the best for his family. His two daughters strive for perfection, but cannot seem to live up to the demanding standards. Lynn tries to keep the peace in the family and has given up her life to please his unreasonable demands because she is convinced she is in love with him and he is just overworked and stressed, he doesn't mean to hit her off and on or push her around when he is feeling irritable. Don't all husbands get stressed? She can deal with it...she thinks. Until one night things get out of control and Lynn must make a heartwrenching decision that will affect her life and the lives of her daughters.
Unbelieveable story of love and heartbreak. I loved this story and how real it was. Ms. Plain got right under the skin of the characters and made you see them for who they really are. So much so that you feel sorrow for Robert and wish he could work his rage out so they're 20 year marriage can be saved. A definate worthwhile read and not what I expected. It opened my eyes to a different world. Very educational.
Tracy Talley~@
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whispers, July 14 2000
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This review is from: Whispers (Mass Market Paperback)
This is the first book I've read by this author. I found it to be real world. The characters were very real and it addressed what is happening in a lot of homes across America. I look forward to reading more of her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, held my attention to the conclusion!, June 7 2000
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Mary Chrapliwy (NJ, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Whispers (Mass Market Paperback)
This book was well written and I learned to care about the characters enough to read it over a two day period (not an easy thing to do in this busy life) -- though it did take the main character a little too long to reach the inevitable conclusion.
Still, Belva Plain is one of the great story tellers of our time and this book, therefore has earned a spot on my bookshelf, to stay.
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2.0 out of 5 stars MOst of it was predictable and I didn't like the ending., Oct. 22 1999
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This review is from: Whispers (Mass Market Paperback)
I started out liking the book, but at about the middle, I was disappointed in it. I felt the husband really should have been given another chance, and I wanted them to go into counseling and stay together. I do believe he DID really love his Family, and it would have been much better to show the triumph of working it out in the end, and him overcoming his fear, and anger. I did not like Lynn ( the wife), and the fact she went with Bruce! Why must EVERY book have to mention SEX??? Can't we once read a moral book where people do not cheat on each other. Robert didn't cheat on Lynn. She abandonded HIM!! And that he was NEVER heard from again was a total disapointment to me! I sure didn't like the ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written - compelling story!, May 12 1999
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This review is from: Whispers (Mass Market Paperback)
This is a new take on the sad story of spousal abuse. Belva Plain's description of the husband makes you realize how easy it becomes for some women to stay in these kinds of marriages. I actually like the character - he wasn't portrayed as some crazy monster. And unlike one of the other reviews, I didn't think the end was predictable at all! Plain introduces a couple male characters towards the end and it was up in the air as to what course her love life would take!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable light reading, Oct. 5 1998
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This review is from: Whispers (Mass Market Paperback)
Rather stodgy account of a battered wife and her struggles to come to terms with her situation. Predictable ending. Nevertheless, if you skip some of the tedious passages, a good story which compels you to read on andsee how it all actually turns out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fairly realistic, but does the beauty always win..., May 19 1998
This review is from: Whispers (Mass Market Paperback)
An excellent novel that I very much enjoyed, but the ending did not agree with me. I don't understand what it is with authors like Belva Plain that feel that their novels always have to follow the same course: there's a bit of adversity, everyone feels sorry for the main character,they find true love in the end... blah, blah, blah. Life isn't always like that. Everything doesn't always end happily, look at ROMEO AND JULIET.
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