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Almost Dead [Paperback]

Lisa Jackson
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15 Oct 2009

Cissy Cahill's world is unravelling fast. One by one, her family are dying. Cissy's right to be afraid but not for the reasons she thinks. The truth is much more terrifying.

Hidden in the shadows of the Cahill familys twisted past is a shocking secret a secret that will only be satisfied by blood. And Cissy must uncover the deadly truth before its too late for herself and her innocent baby son.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (15 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340961910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340961919
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Jackson shows yet again why she is one of the best at romantic suspense. A pure nail biter. (Harlan Coben on YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW)

Shiveringly good suspense! Lisa Jackson ratchets up the tension as one woman's desperate search for her missing son takes her to the very brink of losing her husband, her sanity, her very self. Each chapter will leave you wondering who to trust. The answer:

You don't want to know...

(Lisa Gardner on YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW)

Absolutely tension filled... Jackson is on top of her game. (Suspense Magazine on TELL ME)

The spookily atmospheric plot is jam-packed with scary chills and sexy thrills. (Booklist on TELL ME)

a fast moving thriller with plenty of twists and turns, and an easy flowing style that readily catches the reader up in its thrall. (Canberra Times on MALICE)

Gripping... Jackson heightens the creep factor. (Publisher's Weekly on MALICE)

As a beach read, this is a cracker. Read it at night and it certainly will keep you up. For after the prologue, Jackson slips into her real agenda, and out of your comfort zone. (Courier Mail, Brisbane on DEEP FREEZE)

Tense... Suspenseful . . . shocking . . . will leave readers on the edge of their seats. (Booklist on ABSOLUTE FEAR)

Her latest whodunit hits all the marks, taking readers on a nail-biting roller coaster ride. (Library Journal on WITHOUT MERCY)

Jackson takes creepy to a new level with her latest chilling offering... A frightening tale filled with danger and shocking twists. (RT Book Reviews on WITHOUT MERCY)

Jackson... shows a mastery of the true-crime thriller formula that will please fans (Kirkus Reviews on TELL ME)

Graphic, terrifying suspense and gripping emotion are what makes all of Lisa Jackson's thrillers so unforgettable. THE MORNING AFTER just adds to her growing inventory of terrific page-turners. (Romantic Times on THE MORNING AFTER)

In a word: clever (The Herald Sun on CHOSEN TO DIE)

The highly suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat reads that Lisa Jackson provides are unparalleled (Publisher's Weekly on LEFT TO DIE)

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Dark family secrets emerge in San Francisco, in a thrilling novel by Number One bestseller Lisa Jackson.

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5.0 out of 5 stars wow 20 May 2014
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It was a great book loved it i am speechless all i can say is Lisa has done it again she always amazes me with her books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 27 Nov 2012
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Another well written book ,fantastic read,once again kept me glued,brilliant from start to end,just can't get enough of her books,good work again xx
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 17 Oct 2007
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This book is excellent. Has a fab twist at the end. Usual mystery and suspence and as usual had to try really hard not to flick to the last pages for the answers. Make sure you read 'if she only knew' first though as this book is a follow on.
Only have 2 more Lisa Jackson books to read and on one hand I can't wait to start and on the other hand I don't want to start them as then I have to wait till June 2008 for the next one!
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1.0 out of 5 stars what a bore! 5 Mar 2008
By CC7
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read a few books by this author and found them all ok, therefore I decided to give this one a try, too.
I thought of giving it 2*, but only because I've read better by the author, but the reality is that this book doesn't deserve the extra star.
So boring, repetitive during the first....17 chapters....nothing's going on, but the character keeps thinking the same things over and over, and what's worse, it's not really well written. Mrs. Jackson seems to favor a few "especial" words that she will use throughout the book (i.e. "helluva"). Someone should introduce her to a thesaurus! Also she keeps writing the character's names over and over, when she could use pronouns, too...I never got into this story. I did finish it but only because I started browsing and skipping the blah, blah. All in all, a boring, forgettable attempt to a story.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars 10 Aug 2007
By iheartjackbauer - Published on
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Lately Cissy Cahill has been asking herself if life could get any worse. While in the middle of divorcing her husband, her psycho mom escapes from prison. Just when Cissy thinks nothing else could possibly go wrong, she finds the body of her grandmother, dead from what looks like a fall down the stairs. When more members of her family are murdered, the Police are sure it is Marla Cahill, her mother. Even though she knows her mother is crazy, Cissy can't believe that she could murder members of her own family.

Jack Holt will do anything to get Cissy back in his life. When her mother escapes and her grandmother turns up dead, Jack insists on moving back home to protect Cissy and their 18 month old son, BJ. In between fighting over what went wrong and protecting the family he loves, Jack tries to convince Cissy that she made a terrible mistake in giving up on their marriage.

This is a great addition to my Lisa Jackson collection. While the mystery is strong in this book, Jackson has gone back toward her romance roots. Romance suspense fans should be happy with this latest Jackson release.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so great follow up 17 Dec 2007
By Tracy Vest - Published on
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Heiress Cissy Cahill-Holt's murderous mom Marla Cahill has escaped from prison and suddenly members of Cissy's family are being murdered. Her estranged husband moves back in with her to provide protection and hopefully get back into her good graces, while the police put a tail on her - not so much to protect her but to make sure she isn't in cahoots since she is the few beneficiaries of the Cahill estate. Cissy's worst nightmare comes true when the killer targets her 18 month old son, BJ.

You really need to read the precursor to this story, "If She Only Knew," as readers might be confused. Unlike most writers, Jackson doesn't rehash and summarize her previous story, so very little about Marla and her crimes comes to light. I found little chemistry between Jack and Cissy (and Cissy was a bit whiny and annoying after awhile), in fact, I was hoping the story would veer off in the route Jackson was steering. One thing I thought odd was that the "heroine" from the previous novel is never referred to by name. She is always "Nick's wife." The writing is good, but the plotting is below average, and the plot, particularly the revelation of the killer is far too familiar to its predecessor. On the whole, it's merely an average story, which was a huge disappointment considering what it could have been.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not horror at all 14 Feb 2008
By Mali - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although there were several plot twists, I found the characters to be lacking depth and it was hard to finish the book when I really didn't care what happened to them. This book is NOT horror but instead a romance novel with a murder mystery. The sex scenes really weren't necessary and only added a trashy element.
I found the "heroine" Cissy to be dense and annoying, and her young son was a spoiled brat. I found myself getting a headache as the child threw fit after fit and everyone thought it was just so cute, and they bent over backwards to accomodate him. I found myself hoping that he's become a victim and fast. Cissy comes from a rich, high society family, but little else is explained besides her mother being a convicted killer. She takes everything for granted and whines constantly to herself about her traumatic life and her cheating husband who she just can't resist. The good point of the book is that you are kept guessing until the end, but some of that is due to huge plot holes. The story is told in such a way that the killer occasionally narrates, and it skips ahead to the future or present in an anonymous hospital patient's entry. You get more details and clues as the story progresses, but many of these are false clues. It was never explained why the killer called her mysterious boyfriend by his son's name rather than his own name in a cheap effort to mislead you. Had the boyfirend's identity really been his son rather than him, would have made much more sense and would have made for a much better story. Minus several stars for going for the obscure and misleading ending.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I skipped the middle, and still followed the whole thing 23 Aug 2008
By bhr - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This review is for the audio version of this book - unabridged.

It wasn't until I read another review just now that I realized this book was one of a series. The previous one being a book which explained, I supppose, what the evil Marla did to be sent to prison. In this book, Marla has escaped, with the help of someone else, and all sorts of mayhem is being caused.

The "heroine" of the story is Cissy, Marla's daughter. Cissy is a whiny, stupid, annoying character. Example: in the beginning of the book, she's whining about how her rotten soon-to-be-ex husband is such a louse and she's had such a terrible life - yes, heiresses to 2 huge fortunes with healty and beauty have such terrible lives - when she stumbles upon the corpse of her grandmother. Who has been murdered, only it looks like she just fell. Well, while she's all shocky, Cissy loses her kid. It took no less than 15 minutes of annoying "oh where is he? I can't have lost him!" kind of postulating in my headphones for her to find the toddler. I found it INCREDIBLY exasperating. The book continued in this manner and I found myself ready to shout at the stupid thing - get on with it already!!

In fact, around chapter 4, I decided to "skip to the end". I did. Went right to the second to last chapter, and finished the stupid thing. I understood everything about the resolution of the story. It had the makings of a fine plot, but daggoneit, I could not wade through the tripe.

I've given this two stars, because it does have a decent plot and probably would have been more tolerable if I had read it, as I could have skipped through the stuff that I couldn't skip, in the audio version. Benefit of the doubt. But I won't be picking up a Lisa Jackson audio again. Ever.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing til the end 5 Oct 2007
By Barbara and Paul - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There is one murder, made to look so simple, and then another and another and the killer is incognito. We don't learn who is doing the killings until the very end when everything is neatly wrapped up and the primary characters (family) live happily ever after. I'm sorry, but this just doesn't come together, it is just implausible. I read the book until the end because I wanted to know who was dying in the hospital bed and who exactly "Jack" and "Elyse" were. Very unsatisfying yet it does hold your interest because it is a guessing game and a semi-challenge. Read it for entertainment, not because you like a good, well-plotted mystery thriller because this isn't it. Sorry, Lisa. Try again.
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