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Who Moved My Cheese?
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control
Just One Damned Thing After Another
The Vanishing
Exercises in Knitting
The Good Dream
The Very Best of Edgar Allan Poe
The Chosen
BT-Kids' Knits
Talking God
The Professor
The Christmas Files
The Finisher
Home Decor for 18-Inch Dolls: Create 10 Room Settings with Furniture and 15 Outfits with Accessories
Dracula and Other Stories
A New Song
All Quiet on the Western Front
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Friday, August 02, 2013

Time of Death

Time of DeathTime of Death by Ellis Vidler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book made me so angry at times I was a hair's breath away from quitting it.  How can such seemingly intelligent people do such stupid things?  Someone has run Alex and Isabel off the bridge to their tiny little island, of which they are the only winter residents.  Then when Alex comes home from the hospital with all sorts of bruises and contusions and awakens from her medication induced sleep to find someone getting ready to rape and kill her while his partner down stairs is lighting a fire to burn down the house, does she, when rescued, grab her jammies and a toothbrush and get out of there?  No, she takes a long, long shower and then takes more pain medication and is just about to lay down for a nap when someone with more sense snatches her up and drives her to safety.

Still, I liked the book and the characters and I will read more of this author.  I just wish she could have come up with some more plausible reasons for being in such danger.  Perhaps Alex could be frantically gathering her things up to leave and she could break a glass.  Then tension could build as she plucks the glass out of a deep gash and then bandages her hand as time is slipping away instead of doing such reckless things and being her own worst enemy.

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