Betty T. (Warner Robins, GA)
Do You Really Know Someone?
"You can be so close to someone for a lifetime and not know who they really are."
This book is a long letter from Rachel to Clara, lifelong friends. On Rachel's first day in a new school she sits next to Clara thus starting this seeming innocent friendship. Each would do anything for the other. Now the girls are in their late 20s and things have changed. Clara and Rachel had an argument that got out of hand. Rachel, as a successful news editor, is sent to cover the story of a missing woman. The woman turns out to be Clara. Rachel was supposed to have met up with Clara the previous evening but Clara did not show. What has happened to Clara and why? There are secrets the two friends held from and about each other. Will those secrets destroy their friendship? Rachel must try to determine what happened to Clara -- murder? suicide? Or was she kidnapped, and why? Can you be a lifelong friend with someone - be soulmates - and really not know that person?
I gave this book only three stars in spite of a good storyline. It seemed a bit predictable in several places. Some of the story dragged along, and at times there was excessive descriptions. The book is written in first person and at times just did not really flow easily. However, the first person narrative did keep you only withing Rachel's head, thus not knowing what was happening in Clara's head.
Beth B. (New Wilmington, PA)
Don't Miss This One: Precious Thing
Truly, DO NOT miss reading this book. Author Colette McBeth, in a debut novel, is clearly one to reckoned with. She not only cleverly plants the seeds of suspicion but also makes the reader feel equally clever since they sense where the plot is going -- but do they?? This is quite the accomplishment for a novice fiction writer!! As you partake of this book, you will be aware of how the author slips in a tiny teasing clue that compels you to continue to the next page, and the next, and the next, to the conclusion. Gives to meaning to "things are not always as they seem."
Rebecca J. (Knoxville, TN)
This thriller has an interesting premise- a girl, Rachel, whose best friend is missing also finds her boyfriend disappearing. Could they be together? I had a hard time getting into this book (it was written as a letter and easy to forget who is talking to who), but once I got going, I couldn't put it down until I had found out the answer to the puzzle. That said, the characters changed from evil to good and good to evil so quickly I had a hard time believing the transformations.
Margaret ( VA)
Things are not always as they Appear
The premise of the novel makes a great story difficult to follow and made it difficult for me to invest in the story. However, around chapter 13 the characters seemed to level out and become readable. It is a fast-paced story with twist and plots that evil, evil! I was able to predict the outcome of some of the many, many plots and the characters were interesting. I read this book in one afternoon and I am passing it on to a friend for a second opinion but my rating is 4 stars. Just remember as she says in the book "things are never as they seem."