on Jan. 30, 2013 :
This is a very touching story. I enjoyed it very much.
Antonia Dal Santo is a wonderful character. She is very loyal to her friend. In fact, I would say that Antonia sees Josephine as a sister. She has had a very tough life, but has retained her spirit. I loved this character, as she is very strong and protective.
Josephine Ferrero is a character that set my teeth on edge. She is not a bad person, but she is exceedingly self centred, and seems to have tunnel vision when she wants something. She is always wanting to be the centre of attention. When Antonia is hurt, Josephine has a sort of wake up call.
This is a most intriguing psychological thriller. These two characters are both sent to the same convent school at the age of seven and strike up a friendship that lasts for decades. This tale is told in a very short time frame, but there are several flash backs to their childhood. This gives the reader the opportunity to understand the dynamic between the two friends. This book is full of suspense and mystery, not to mention danger. I was completely hooked from the first page. However, I did find that I wanted to throttle Josephine for her blinkered outlook; Never mind living on another planet, I think she lived in a completely different universe! I don't know how this woman functioned! That being said, once the danger sank into her brain, she began to see the bigger picture and actually started acting like a human being. I actually began to like her. There are a few twists in this tale that I never saw coming. All in all, an entertaining read.
Ann Marie has written a tear jerker of a book that took me on a roller coaster ride of epic proportions. A word of warning: There are some scenes of sexual abuse. Therefore, I do not recommend this book to younger readers or those of a nervous disposition. However, I recommend this book if you love thrillers or suspense. - Lynn Worton
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
on April 27, 2012 :
I enjoyed this book and found it a really easy read will look for more books by this author
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Jan. 10, 2012 :
This book was very well written and a great read. I highly recommend this book and look forward to new titles from this author.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on Dec. 13, 2011 :
Perhaps you should have actually paid atttention to the book. It is clearly set in aa different time period. One that allowed all of those things to happen. Also, its a ficticious book. Meaning, it didn't really happen. Do you get offended by everything you read that isn't 100% reality? If so, you musnt get out much.
Anyway, this book is fantastic. I've gotten bout 1/4 of the way thru, but I am determind to finish by the end of the month!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Sharon E. Cathcart
on Dec. 28, 2010 :
I couldn't even finish this, I'm sorry to say.
Between physicians handing medical records to people without even knowing their names ("did you come in with the gunshot victim? OK" -- and the OK thing really got on my nerves, as people say "okay," not "ok"), nurses handing out pain pills willy-nilly without a prescription, no one in a school -- where teachers are mandatory reporters under the law -- reporting child abuse to the police (and the parent who le...moreI couldn't even finish this, I'm sorry to say.
Between physicians handing medical records to people without even knowing their names ("did you come in with the gunshot victim? OK" -- and the OK thing really got on my nerves, as people say "okay," not "ok"), nurses handing out pain pills willy-nilly without a prescription, no one in a school -- where teachers are mandatory reporters under the law -- reporting child abuse to the police (and the parent who learns about it and sees the injuries leaving his child in the school), and municipal police departments that apparently send home their *full dossiers* (which police departments do not keep) to live with retired officers at the end of their careers, I could not make it past the middle of chapter 8.
The characters are cardboard cut-outs and the action is completely unrealistic.
My rating profile skews pretty high, with an average of 4.35, and it takes a lot to get me to abandon a book. A lot of the problems that I've seen so far could have been resolved with a minimal amount of research into things like HIPAA laws and police procedures. How very unfortunate.
(reviewed 61 days after purchase)