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The View from Here by [Howzell, Rachel]
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The View from Here focuses on the beauties and hardships of marriage; the betrayals and promises made between husbands and wives; and the grief of one woman haunted by secrets.

Nicole Baxter has always tried to control every element of her life, but that control is slipping away. She has issues. Abandonment issues. Marital issues. Conception issues. And she thinks her house in the hills is haunted. It doesn't help that her husband Truman spleunks and climbs, making her worry more with each adventure he takes. As the two grow apart, Nicole makes decisions that may ultimately shatter her fragile marriage.

Her life changes on the afternoon she receives a phone call from the harbor. During a scuba dive, Truman disappears. No one -- not his diving instructor, not the Coast Guard -- can find him. Is he still alive? Or is grief making her believe the impossible?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 635 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BA52W6
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan of this book but... Jan. 30 2013
By Sierra K. Sorrell - Published on
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...I would certainly try another book by this author. A troubled marriage, a tragic loss, and a widow trying to pick up the pieces; the story had all the makings of a solid dramatic novel. But then unexplained things began happening and the main character begins to think she's losing her mind. Several other reviewers commented that the story was predictable but I have to disagree. I had no idea what was going on and even after the big reveal near the end, it still didn't make sense of all the odd occurrences along the way. I liked the themes in the story. I liked Howzell's writing style. And I felt that she did a good job of painting a portrait of grief. But the "mystery" in the story came across as a bit to far-fetched (even fantastical) for my taste.

One other thing bothered me about this book. The author made it a point on several occasions throughout the story to bring up the fact that Nicole (the main character) is black. I thought it was an odd choice because each time she interjected it, it stuck out like a sore thumb. Her race had nothing to do with the story or the emotions behind it. She could have been black, white, or purple for all I cared. I just didn't understand why the author kept mentioning it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The View From Here March 25 2012
By Bonnie M. Fletcher - Published on
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I am only halfway through the book but it is an interesting tale of what a widow goes through in the first weeks and months of loss. Having been there myself, I identified with many of the things she goes through. I knew my husband was dead because it happened in front of me, but nevertheless the stages of grief are well written and I can only imagine how much worse it would be without the proof of a body.The other reviews I've read show me there is a twist at the end and I can hardly wait to get there. Also, it shows what a black man with ambition goes through to prove himself to his employers. I just never thought of it that way, how much more he might have to prove.
I got this book free for my Kindle and I really appreciate the opportunity to do that through Amazon.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ticking Time Bomb Jan. 29 2012
By For What It's Worth... - Published on
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A ticking time bomb. Not out of anger but fear.

Delusional. Whacked. Fearful. Anxious. Guilty. Paranoid.

Nicole always seemed to have some anxiety. She wasn't exactly jealous of the women her husband included in his circle of friends but the attention he gave them and the little time he spent with her would make anyone wonder whether anything was going on. At times she was a ticking time bomb; I don't know how she and others survived.

For quite a bit during the book I didn't know what to make of it, however, toward the end, it came together.

Definitely a story of suspense - a page-turner. I liked it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Twisted - but a good read Aug. 12 2013
By UBizz - Published on
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This book was on the Free Kindle Buffett List and I always start my reviews with this info so that everyone knows that I have no skin in the game because I did not pay for it and I also have no expectations for the same reason. I thought this was an interesting book and it had a number of twists and turns and held my attention. I came away feeling good that the mystery was resolved but the writing was good enough that I knew there was an explanation but not predictable enough for me to figure out who-done-it. I also disliked the main character immensely. The book was very descriptive and I thought this was an excellent writing effort and I would read other books from this author.
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many views from there Oct. 9 2014
By SedatelyG - Published on
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I managed to get to the end of this book only by making myself tough it out. Somewhere in the middle it got bogged down and stuck in a rut. I thought it would never get past it to get to the end. Others have mentioned the cameras and the addict SIL so I won't go into that. I might try to read another book from this writer, but I can say for sure that I won't force myself to read it if it's like this one. As many have said before, there are too many good books to read without letting the not so good ones frustrate me.