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5.0 out of 5 stars International Blockbuster - someone must have seen its greatness!
International Blockbuster - someone must have seen its greatness!
I sometimes wonder if people who review books have ever tried to write and have their own work then published or criticised! An amazing achievement to have written a novel, and even better to have then had someone create a movie on the back of it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wanting it Both Ways
I don't know what happened to the witty novelist who wrote INFERNAL AFFAIRS and THE SECRET INGREDIENT. AN EX TO GRIND was a clear departure for Ms. Heller, and a truly disappointing one at that.

Melanie Banks, a most unsympathetic character, is a financial analyst who is griping that, since she was the breadwinner in their marriage, she has to pay her husband...
Published on 3 Nov 2009 by Graceann Macleod


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5.0 out of 5 stars International Blockbuster - someone must have seen its greatness!, 16 Feb 2014
This review is from: An Ex to Grind (Paperback)
International Blockbuster - someone must have seen its greatness!
I sometimes wonder if people who review books have ever tried to write and have their own work then published or criticised! An amazing achievement to have written a novel, and even better to have then had someone create a movie on the back of it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wanting it Both Ways, 3 Nov 2009
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I don't know what happened to the witty novelist who wrote INFERNAL AFFAIRS and THE SECRET INGREDIENT. AN EX TO GRIND was a clear departure for Ms. Heller, and a truly disappointing one at that.

Melanie Banks, a most unsympathetic character, is a financial analyst who is griping that, since she was the breadwinner in their marriage, she has to pay her husband maintenance in their divorce. She hits upon a clause in their divorce agreement that gives her a light at the end of the tunnel and she single-mindedly pursues a mean-spirited course of action to get a bit closer to that light. She doesn't care who gets hurt in the process.

There's nothing funny in this novel. There's nothing even mildly witty in the dialogue. Melanie uses her friends, shirks her real responsiblities and wastes everyone's time, not least the reader's. I kept reading because I wanted Melanie to receive her inevitable comeuppance, and while the sequence when that arrives is indeed sweet, I thought she deserved worse than she actually got. Given that she's the "heroine" of the story, I suppose that was too much to ask.

I hope that this author returns to form in future novels. I miss the crackling dialogue, intelligent styling and interesting heroines that made me a Heller fan many moons ago.
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