Intern Hardcover – Feb 1 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Although Hill's debut thriller owes much to the Gary Condit political scandal, she creates more than enough suspense to keep readers intrigued. April Wayne, 23, disappears without a trace while interning for California State Sen. Eric Barry. When the media learn that the senator was the last person to be seen with April and that the two were supposedly having an affair, he becomes their prime suspect. April's parents, Gloria and Jack Wayne, are shocked by the news of their daughter's disappearance and affair, which drives a wedge between them. Gloria becomes consumed with finding April, while Jack descends into a paralyzing depression. Senator Barry worries more about his next election than about April. Suzanne Barry, who has always been loyal to her husband, is overcome with doubt about their life together when she learns that he has been unfaithful. "He gives me one of his dazzlers across the table. I want to believe in the face, the eyes, the voice, but I can't." Suzanne's naivete is implausible, but Hill skillfully draws subtle parallels between Suzanne and Gloria as they both deal with their devastating anxieties and scolding consciences. The resolution may be a bit lurid for some tastes, but that won't make it any easier to put this page-turner down.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"INTERN is a book to pick up and not put down." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
When I first heard the title, my assumption was that the story was about physicians in training. However, soon I realized that "intern" took on new meaning during a recent Presidential term. With that in mind, I was not surprised that the book was about a testosterone-driven political leader.
Intern reminded me of Lord Acton's famous saying: "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." This novel reflects today's headlines in many ways. Politicians, super athletes, actors, musicians, and others who merit the term "icon" forget their vulnerability. Having received special treatment for most of their lives, they have escaped consequences that ordinary citizens would face. However, as in the case of Intern's central figure Eric Barry, a day of reckoning comes. Immunity vanishes. Lies and intrigue do not work any longer. A noose tightens, and exit doors close.
Possibly the book's strongest appeal lies in the realistic dialogue. Bonnie Hearn Hill has her characters speak to each other using genuine conversational style, quite unlike what we hear on soap operas or read in tabloids.
Although this is the first Bonnie Hearn Hill book I have read, it won't be the last. I will read what is available now, and anticipate the two books she writes annually.
Just don't get so caught up in the story that you miss the beauty of her writing. Bonnie Hearn Hill is a talented and skillful word artist. She deftly shifts points of view and tense as her characters develop and carry you along with their lives. As intriging as her story is, I found myself frequently stopping to reread passages from two pages previously because her writing is so good. What a great feeling to be caught up in a story and have to pure beauty of the writing sneak up and blow in your ear.
Personally. I can't wait for the next novel from this engaging new voice.
The police believe that Eric not only had an affair with April and probably other women, but also when pushed for more, he killed her. However, the evidence is not there to prove their contention but Gloria is determined to make Eric pay. Eric's wife Suzanne and their two adult daughters initially believe in him, but begin having doubts that they even know whom he is as circumstantial evidence proves Eric is a philanderer. Still, no information surfaces that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Eric killed April even if his reelection effort is hampered by the implications.
Though a well written, quite exciting suspense thriller somewhat supported by Condit-Levy, sub-genre fans will feel a bit cheated by the fully cleaned up climax with no doubts that justice was served. The tale moves briskly forward through a deep look by the characters mostly impacted by the missing April. Most interesting are Eric who feels unfairly besieged and Suzanne who changes from a supporting spouse into a doubting Thomasina. Bonnie Hearn Hill provides thriller fans with a tale from the headlines that though too immaculately wrapped up will give plenty of satisfaction to readers.
One thing I will give the author is her ability to write in four perspectives to tell the story. I thought she did a great job of tailoring her writing styles to fit each narrator. At the beginning of each chapter, the author will let the reader know which character is speaking. At times, I didn't have to read that; I was just able to tell through her writing techniques.
Most recent customer reviews
An intern to a California State senator goes missing. It turns out the senator was having an affair with her. Sound familiar? Read morePublished on March 25 2004 by N. Sausser
This book is a hard one to review. I loved reading the first 90% of it. The problem arose in that I was pretty sure about a third in that I knew who-done-it and was reading just... Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004 by G E. Learned
This book will hook you until the very end. It keeps you wondering what will happen next. Although ripped from the headlines, it doesn't disappoint. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2004
Awesome read. This was a great book by a gifted writer. Hearn Hill weaves fact and fiction seamlessly and gives a dynamite payoff. I couldn't put it down.Published on May 8 2003 by Love2Read
This book grabbed me from the first page and wouldn't let me stop until I found out what really happened to the "intern". Read morePublished on April 19 2003 by Cathe
I simply could not put the book down! I read constantly, and it is one of the few that I've read that I couldn't leave once I started it. Read morePublished on March 28 2003
I could not stop reading this twisted story of power, lust, lies, and fatal denial. Bonnie Hearn Hill is a masterful writer who knows how to keep a story building to its shocking... Read morePublished on March 15 2003 by Jules
I could not put this book down. I didn't want it to end. I can't remember the last time I was so fascinated by a novel. My heart ached for every one of these characters. Read morePublished on March 8 2003
Bonnie Hearn Hill's INTERN is a thrill ride through a world where passion burns ice cold. Don't miss this one! Read morePublished on March 5 2003 by Dana Nielsen