Deadly Embrace Paperback – 14 Apr 2011
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Deadly Embraceis another slice off the huge bland loaf of story that is Jackie Collins' stock in trade. Madison Castelli--the streetwise reporter who has featured in five other Collins novels--is taken hostage in a smart LA restaurant by three Russian skinheads who seem to have more plans than is entirely consistent with their gross stupidity. Meanwhile, her half-brother Vincent is on the brink of murderous jealousy in Vegas and her sister Sofia is avoiding rape in Spain; above all, their father Michael is coping with being accused of the murder of his wife and is on the run from the police and his past.
Michael Castelli is the most interesting character here, someone who has drifted in and out of criminality the same way he has drifted in and out of love. Collins writes--not well, but convincingly--about obsession and vindictiveness; she also has some sense of how the sheer business of life makes some people let issues slide for decades at a time. This is a book which preaches the virtues of intelligence and emotional control, yet its story-telling is all over the place--most of the plot issues stop at a place marker rather than coming to any conclusion. Collins can do the glamour of the celebrity culture, but she is worryingly caught up in its emotional vapidity. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
it doesnt have the classic 'smut' of her usual books, but the excellently gripping story line makes it fantastic! Madison is one of my favourite collins characters, so finding out about her past is the best thing Jackie could have done.
Dont hesitate - buy this book now!
This book is fantastic to say the least. It's great how the different parts of the plot, past and present, come together as one and how it ends leaving you wanting more.
A great read.
It featured Madison Castelli and her family, how their lives started and how they all ended up.
Right from the start of this book you are hooked and wanting to find out what happens. This is a really raunchy entertaining book just like you would expect from a Jackie Collins novel.
Its a must buy for anyone who likes any of her previous Blockbusters.
it does not tax the brain too much but is a good dose of easy to read escapism, and a bit of glamour. lovely!
One of the best things about this book is that it switches from different people's points of view and even different decades constantly so you never get bored (makes the book so hard to put down too). It tells the story of Michael Castelli's past alongside his present and that of his 3 children most notably Madison who is being held at gunpoint. The story is very addictive and comes together really well to explain why all the crazy stuff is happening.
However while i really enjoyed it don't know if i would read it again or not(this is important in my opinion - the difference between earning a spot on my overflowing bookcase or being in the next charity bag!). The best bits were all the shocks and twists so now that i know them all i don't think id enjoy it much second time around.
I can't compare how good this is to other Collins books but i really liked it. Its not really my genre anymore but i still got a kick out of it. Definitely worth a read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thoroughly enjoyed it.have read most of her books-all enjoyable.Published 2 months ago by Pat Bridge
Enjoyed from start to finish. Couldn't put down and was sorry when I got to the end. Would definitely recommendPublished 8 months ago by Janice52