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on May 10, 2001
I figured out the murderer by mid book mainly because I know Nora Roberts style of having a surprise ending that could still make sense to the story and so it was easy to figure out. Still I read it through to be sure I was right. The romance didn't make me feel anything. The characters didn't seem to connect in a way that made me feel that they were honestly in love. The lead male was two dimensional and even the lead female was a little too cold at times but still had depth. The theme of sex and violence was a nice change for me. I enjoyed that it was a little different from all her books and more of a mystery. I wanted more of a closure at the ending, but it kind of ended abruptly. Also, there were times when the story dragged as Roberts tried to flesh out small characters. I could have done with out that but still it was interesting and a good book to read if there's nothing else to do.
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on January 5, 2002
I don't know if I'm just really good at knowing who the killer is in a book or if it was just too obvious but I knew who commited this crime at about a third of the way through the novel. Still I enjoyed the story somewhat.
The lead character was a strong woman but after all the abuse from her evil dad and pitiful mother, it was amazing she turned out ok (and unrealistic). I think the father was also unrealistic in some ways. If he wanted to molest his daughter and not just beat her (the daughter admits she knew her father wanted her sexually when she was a child), it's hard for me to believe that a man as evil as he was would hold back.
Things just didn't add up in her family life, and the end was cheesy and predictable. Definately not one of her best books but still interesting.
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on June 23, 2004
I was enjoying this book and found it a good suspense read, however, I was a bit disappointed by the scooby-doo type ending. I won't ruin the ending for you readers. I'll just say Roberts pulled that out of thin air with no clues leading to it. You could never get to that conclusion based on the things she tells you throughout the book and she tries to wrap up the real ending in the last 5 pages (I could just hear the scooby group explaining the impossible to solve mystery in 2 minutes). I also feel the author left some loose ends (like between Margaret and Tory). It is a surprise ending, but aren't all mysteries supposed to be like that? This ending was just totally out of the reader's reach, came out of nowhere.
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on April 16, 2000
After reading Carnal Innocence, I was most anxiously awaiting Nora Robert's new book. Although an enjoyable read, it was nowhere near the books of Carnal Innocence or River's End. The book did not flow, it was written very choppily which made difficult reading. After reading the above two, I wondered if it was written by the same author. Do they sometimes do an outline and let someone else fill it in? It certainly wasn't the caliber I expected of Nora Roberts. Also, the situation with Cade's mother was not developed and was left dangling and was Faith (his sister) and Wade's relationship. The ending was abrupt. I was disappointed this time.
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on April 26, 2000
I can't really share why I think she was unfair to her readers in this one without revealing too much of the plot. But let me at least say that I don't think she truly provided clues so that a close reader could have figured out the mystery. When the killer was revealed, instead of being filled with amazement and wonder at her cleverness in hiding his true identity, I was just filled with resentment. She had provided almost no clues to his identity and the ones she did provide were based more on prejudice against a minority that even politically correct Americans still find it acceptable to put down. I can't recommend this book.
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on September 26, 2003
I loved this book, the reason for the three stars is the very predictable ending. I've only read a few Nora Roberts books, and already its obvious that in most if not all, there is either an engagement or a wedding being planned. The thing that bothered me in this book is that the wedding is being planned only days after main character's mother dies. Their relationship was never very good, practically non-existent, but it still bothered me how it was almost brushed aside. Also, people change so fast in these books.
Other than that, the book is very good, it grips you from page one and doesnt let go until the end. A real page turner.
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on August 21, 2000
Carolina Moon is an off-beat but fun mystery to read. The story revolves around the female characters, mainly the heroine, Tory. There are also other female characters portrayed in such a way that they are interesting, strong and inspiring despite some of their less than desirable personality traits. However, as a Carolinian myself, it was very disheartening and unusually elementary for Nora Roberts to use the names Bodeen and Clampett to try to invoke a sense of "southern hicks". One does not need such a subconscious reminder of The Beverly Hillbillies to get a sense of small, southern town atmosphere!
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on March 10, 2000
I love Roberts' humor and writing style BUT I don't like to read books, particularly romance, that contain scenes of child abuse or sexual perversion. The graphic rating on these is not as high as her work as Robb but it's NOT her "Born in" series either. Please, can this type of book come with a warning label? Sort of like a the parental advisory found on CDs. If I want to read a description of how a child screams while being beaten by father's belt or how many times a rape victim gets smacked about, I'll start reading the horror stories in a big city paper.
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on March 14, 2000
I can honestly say that I'm somewhat surprised to see this book warrant so many five stars from readers. I have been an avid Nora Robert's fan for some time now and have read a truly countless amount of her books and this one, though good, is forgettable, at best.
If I were to compare this book to another of Robert's novels I would compare it to "Sanctuary" and mention that it lacks the feverish intensity of that gripping novel.
As I said, it's a decent work but as far as Robert's best, I wouldn't even think to name this novel in the top five.
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on April 24, 2001
This book is about the story of a girl, Tory. Her struggle to regain control of her life after a very difficult childhood and the death of her best friend.
This is one of the first times I have read a book by Nora Roberts who also deals with mystery mixed with romance. In this book it is a good mix.
The plot is very well thought out and the writing is interesting and real. The characters are all very well described as well as the places.
This is a great refreshing and very interesting book. Well recommended.
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