See How She Dies Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 2011
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As a child, London Danvers was kidnapped from her wealthy family. Over the years, many women have come forward claiming to be the long-lost heiress - only to be exposed as frauds. Now, another woman has arrived in Oregon, claiming to be London. But Adria Nash is different. She knows personal details only London could have known, yet she can't remember what happened the night of her abduction - a fact that makes family rebel Zachary Danvers suspicious. Still, Adria is determined to prove her identity...there's a paralysing sense of dread she just can't shake. And she's right to be afraid - because someone does believe her. Someone who is watching Adria's every move. Waiting for the right moment to see how she runs...see how she screams...see how she dies. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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LISA JACKSON is the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of more than seventy-five novels, including "After She s Gone, " "Close to Home, " "Tell Me, Deserves to Die, " "You Don t Want to Know, " "Running Scared, " and "Shiver." She has over twenty million copies of her books in print in nineteen languages. She lives with her family and three rambunctious dogs in the Pacific Northwest. Readers can visit her website at www.lisajackson.com and find her on Facebook."
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Twenty years ago someone kidnapped London Danvers during her father, Witt Danvers's, sixtieth birthday party. Along with London, Ginny Slade, the nanny had disappeared too. Neither one were heard from again. Not even when Witt Danvers offered one million dollars for the return of his precious daughter...the only daughter and child he had with his second wife Katherine LaRouche.
Not long after, London's mother, Katherine plunged to her death from her residence at the Hotel Danvers. Some say it was suicide; others speculate it was murder. The police ruled it accidental.
Now Adria Nash has come to Portland, Oregon to find her birthright. She believes she's the long lost London Danvers, and if this it true, she stands to inherit fifty percent of the Danvers fortune. But first she has to convince Witt's other four children, from a previous marriage, that she's not one of the many fakes that have paraded before them down through the years.
Zachary Danvers takes one look at her and knows they are in trouble. Adria is the spitting-image of his stepmother Katherine Danvers. His siblings will not like this. They are in no mood to give a complete stranger half of the Danvers fortune even if she turns out to be their half-sister.
From the moment Zachary and Adria meet, the attraction is overwhelming and torturous for Zachary, because he'd once had a short-lived affair with his stepmother. Adria reminded him too damn much of a woman he wanted to forget forever.
Adria tries to fight the attraction but it consumes her and horrifies her at the same time, because Zachary could be her half-brother! She begins to doubt she's London, because there could be no way she would be this attracted to a man who shared her blood. If they acted on their lust and it turned out she really was London, they would be guilty of an unspeakable, forbidden act.
Someone doesn't want the truth known about London Danvers and the circumstances surrounding her abduction, and they are willing to go as far as murder to keep the secret buried.
As usual, once I start a novel by Lisa Jackson, I run home from work, toss on my pajamas, hop in bed and start reading. SEE HOW SHE DIES is one of Ms. Jackson's best.
London's half-brother Zachary does not believe that Adria is London. However, when incidents to frighten Adria occur, he becomes protective. Worse he begins to fall in love with his half-sister and she reciprocates though both know this is taboo. As the "stalker" raises the ante to attempted murder, Zach tries to keep her safe though he struggles not to bed her.
This exciting romantic suspense novel hooks readers from the moment that Zach escorts Adria from the family hotel until the final confrontation. Readers will need to adjust to the swinging back and forth between 1970, 1983, and 1993, which can get confusing. Still the cast is solid as the key players have distinct personalities so that sub-genre fans will know this rewrite of TREASURES is worth the read.
The backflashes were the most interesting part of the book. They had a good pace it gave you basic fundemental information about the characters but I could tell right off the back who the ultimate killer would be. I thought she might take a twist and make the overtly bad character a red herring but no.
The one character who annoyed me the most was Zachary Danvers. He was that type of rebel without a cause. The rich white kid who lives in luxury but craves for some excitement and goes out to cause trouble becasue he's bored. If he were just a little more sadistic, he'd probably be that kid that drives around with his friends, shooting bee bees at the people they pass on the street. I couldn't help but laugh at him half the time. If he wasn't brooding over the fact that Adria looked like his stepmom (and I believe that is a major part of why he was so attracted to her. Projection is just fun like that), then he was ranting and raving at adria for looking like his stepmom. The man needed some therapy. The best part however is when they made love and are on that thin line of she could be his sister or she isn't his sister. Apparently since he crossed that line once before (even though it was just incest in the eyes of the law) then doing it with a blood relative wasn't bad enough to stop him.
I had alot of questions while reading this book: Why didn't they have DNA tests done? I know that back in 94 they did have the technology so that they could test siblings and show that they are related to each other considering it all that probably would have just made the book a few chapters long and not a very interesting read. (Though nearly 3/4 of the book was spent with the siblings arguing over whether she was their sister or not and not much being accomplished from said arguments)
Also why wasn't Ginny Watson, London's Nanny, every considered a suspect? Just becasue her bank account was left untouched? I just don't understand the logic in that. She was the last person with London, there were no signs of struggle like she was attacked with the girl. Why would a kidnapper take the girl and her? She would have just been unwanted baggage.
So many questions that really only Lisa Jackson could answer. All in all, it was an okay book. I don't regret spending my money on it and it's good for just letting your mind drift off and relax.
The beginning starts out with a bang. We're introduced to Katherine (Kat) Danvers right before she's murdered. Wow, that sure grabbed my attention! Then Jackson backtracks a bit and introduces us to the Danvers family, each colorful in his/her own right. This becomes a bit confusing as she switches back and forth between the present, 1970 and 1983. If you can hang on through the history, it will become easier to understand and more enjoyable.
London Danvers, the only child from Witt's second marriage to Kat, was her father's princess, even though she was the youngest of his 5 children. During Witt's surprise sixtieth birthday party, London's nanny, Ginny Slade, disappears with London. Even with a million dollar reward, she is not heard from again.
Well that is until after Witt and Katherine's deaths... seems Witt put a clause in his will giving the long lost London the majority of his vast estate, to be held should she reappear. You can imagine the lengths to which the rest of the Danvers Clan will go to keep the wealth among themselves.
Along comes Adria Nash, who was told by her dying adoptive father that she was London. She is in Portland, Oregon to find the truth and see if she really is the long lost heiress. She meets Zachary Danvers, Witt's middle son, who has always been a rebel. He takes one look at Adria (who is the spitting image of her mother), and old memories surface.
The romantic fireworks between Adria and Zach are a bit strange since they suspect they are brother and half-sister. Even that knowledge doesn't stop them. Zach becomes Adria's protector, as the person behind Kat's death, begins to terrorize her. This only gives him more alone time with her and you can see where this goes.
I do have to say that the romance portion of the book was uncomfortable. Incest was mentioned and both Adria and Zach didn't seem to let that stop them. And the ending was contrite as if the author had to do something to make this affair OK. It was very predictable.
Also going against Lisa Jackson was her overuse of a couple of phrases. "Diaphragm slamming into lungs" was one that was used repeatedly. "Hips on desks" and "sitting on his lower back" were others. Used once or twice would be enough, but these were used too much!
And my final complaint: Jackson needs a new editor! There were so many typos and glaring errors it took away from the story line. I was surprised since this was a rewrite. I would hope this editor was fired after the book was published - it read like an unedited advanced reader's copy!
See How She Dies is predictable - the villain is not a mystery at all, Nelson Danver's "secret" is obvious, and the rest of the intrigue is lacking. If you read it only as a piece of fiction, you won't be disappointed, but if you want a good mystery, this isn't the book for you.