Just Finished Reading


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I decided to start a book review linky…there are two great ones that I join up with (see buttons below).  I hope you’ll link up your posts about book reviews below.

Now onto what I have finished reading… 

Goodreads Summary: Play Dead

Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said ?I do? than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim ? and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years ? while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut…. 


This was the first time I was disappointed by Harlan Coben. Was it the writing? NOPE? It was the plot…I had an idea what was going on…he made it too easy to figure out. Then the events that follow seem to be over the top and silly. I found myself screaming in annoyance, “Oh come on!” 

Now I know this was one of his first books. I can see how he developed these characters into characters in his newer books. I love his more recent books as they truly mess with me and leave me in awe at his writing. 

Despite my disappointment, I will always love Harlan Coben and continue to read all his books.


Goodreads Summary: The Last Original Wife

Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the last original wife among her husband’s group of cronies. They’ve all traded in their first wives-the middle-aged women they long ago promised to love and cherish ’til death did them part-for riper peaches: younger . . . blonder . . . more enhanced models.

Leslie is proud of her status and the longevity of her marriage. Sure the spark isn’t quite as bright and sometimes takes a little longer to flame. And it wouldn’t be too much to ask if her husband paid just an itty bit more attention to her desires. But there’s something to be said for a comfortable and deeply familiar relationship. Or at least she thinks until the day, out golfing with her husband and his friends, she slips into a manhole. And nobody realizes that she’s gone.

That one misstep opens Leslie’s eyes to the sham her perfect life has become. No longer will she be invisible. No longer will she accept being taken for granted. With the healing powers of South Carolina’s lush white beaches, candy-colored sunsets, and fiesty and funny residents, Leslie is going to transform herself and reclaim the strong, vibrant, sexy woman she was meant to be.

The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of friendship and love that is as refreshing as a soothing breeze across a golden lowcountry marsh and as invigorating as a dip in cool, salty waters on a sizzling South Carolina summer day.


Just a few pages in and I’m already loving it. A great southern flair and a spunky and funny main character. I am loving her journey to self discovery and independence. 


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Just Finished Reading — 4 Comments

  1. Kind of steals the fun if you figure out the surprise too easily, doesn’t it? And the more you read, the more wise you get, so we keep those authors trying to stay ahead of us, right?

  2. I definitely hate it when I figure out the plot long before the end of the story ends. It’s interesting to see how you’ve really identified it as a product of being an early book. Interesting to see how authors grow in their writing, isn’t it?

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