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7 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner.
This was a really good story and kept you interested through to the last page. In places I must admit to getting a bit bogged down in 'details' of anthropology, but the story line was different and I got the the end of the book wanting more. A good reccomendation for any book.
Published on 21 Feb 2007 by Jackie.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only if you're desperate!
JAK is a big favourite of mine, I have read over 70 titles written by her under her various pseudonyms and have purchased more than 60 of them but I'm afraid I will not be buying this one.The storyline is very insubstantial not up to her usual standard. Hannah Jesset inherits her late aunt's house and papers whilst being pursued by Gideon Cage who met her when he all but...
Published on 4 Sep 2002 by J. Lee


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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only if you're desperate!, 4 Sep 2002
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JAK is a big favourite of mine, I have read over 70 titles written by her under her various pseudonyms and have purchased more than 60 of them but I'm afraid I will not be buying this one.The storyline is very insubstantial not up to her usual standard. Hannah Jesset inherits her late aunt's house and papers whilst being pursued by Gideon Cage who met her when he all but destroyed her brother's company in his lifelong pursuit of a fast profit.The story is woven very loosely around their relationship and amid a couple of attempts on Hannah's life by an unknown assailant.(Well, I think the assailant was supposed to be unknown - I had this person pegged from the word go.)Both the main characters appear to be going through a very early mid-life crisis and frankly are somewhat one dimensional.Gideon never convinces me that he is a ruthless high powered business predator and Hannah is so self absorbed it is difficult to develop any empathy for her at all - most unusual in a JAK book. The heroine spends a lot of time debating whether to follow her aunt's career and become famous or settle for family life with Gideon.Rather as if no woman can actually manage more than one thing at a time when most of us manage to juggle ten and with a lot less fuss!The story just becomes exasperating, too wordy by half - give this one a miss or if you still want to check it out get it from the library and put your money towards one of JAK's better efforts. Try Trust Me , a personal favourite ,Sharp Edges, Absolutely Positively, to name but three,all full of terrific characters, good storylines and an underlying thread of humour.Or go for her futuristic novels as Jayne Castle - superb! If you are an historical fan try her novels as Amanda Quick.Very entertaining so long as you are not too picky about historical accuracy! This book is one of her poorest but she is entitled to the odd off day with such a wonderful, prolific output!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only if you're desperate!, 30 Aug 2002
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JAK is a big favourite of mine, I have read over 70 titles by her under her various pseudonyms and have purchased over 60 of them but I will not be buying this one.Get it from the library if you want to check it out but save your money!
The storyline is very insubstantial for a JAK novel. Hannah Jesset inherits her late aunt's house and private papers at the same time as being pursued by Gideon Cage who met her while virtually destroying her brother's company in his pursuit of a fast profit. The story is woven loosely around their uninspiring relationship and one or two attempts on Hannah's life by an unknown assailant. Unfortunately it gets bogged down quite early on by characters who are very one-dimensional and unconvincing. Gideon is supposed to be a tough street-wise business tycoon and Hannah a guidance counsellor but neither character quite works. Hannah is totally self- obsessed and spends most of the book agonizing over whether to be a rich sucessful writer like her aunt or settle for family life. Rather as if a woman cannot manage to handle two things at once when most of us juggle ten! The result is a book that is too wordy by half with a heroine who is so exasperating it is hard to feel any empathy with her at all - very unusual in a JAK story so don't let this put you off her other books many of which are very good. Try "Trust Me" a personal favourite, Gift of Gold and Gift of Fire are interesting and her futuristic novels as Jayne Castle are superb.If you are an historical fan read her Amanda Quick novels, very entertaining as long as you are not too picky about historical accuracy! She is no Georgette Heyer but she writes well and her books are generally a good absorbing read. This book is one of the poorest I have read by JAK but surely she is entitled to the occasional off day with such a wonderful prolific output!
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7 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner., 21 Feb 2007
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This was a really good story and kept you interested through to the last page. In places I must admit to getting a bit bogged down in 'details' of anthropology, but the story line was different and I got the the end of the book wanting more. A good reccomendation for any book.
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