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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, dear, oh, dear (as the Chuckle Brothers might say)........., 9 May 2012
This review is from: One Summer (Paperback)
First things first, I`m a great fan of David Baldacci and have actually now read all his books (except the brand new one that`s just come out). He generally writes gripping, taut, exciting thrillers with realistic, interesting and dynamic characters. This in a way makes this particular book One Summer even worse, as if I knew it was an author or genre I didn`t like I would have avoided it like the plague, but as it was from the pen of Mr Baldacci I somehow expected it was going to be a good book, even if it wasn`t his usual type of novel.

Put briefly, (DON`T READ THIS IF YOU DON`T WANT TO KNOW THE STORY/ PLOT) a man on his death bed somehow makes a miraculous recovery from a terminal illness (it`s never satisfactorily explained how) whilst his fit and healthy wife is killed in a car crash when she went out in bad weather to get his medicines for him. He then gets fit, takes his children away for a summer to a place which had special memories for his wife, gets embroiled in several fights with the residents, loses his children in a custody battle then gets them back again, fixes a lighthouse light that hasn`t worked for 20 years (as you do), saves his daughter from drowning at sea during a hurricane despite his weakened body. Whilst his daughter and her boyfriend who are miraculously both great musicians enter a talent contest, then our hero goes on to marry the daughter`s boyfriend`s mother . Quite. Oh, and all the time he draws comfort from letters he had written for his wife to read .

I`m sorry, but this is all unbelievable nonsense. Not recommended
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