by R. J. Ellory
A brilliant novel of love and consequences from 'one of crime fiction's new stars' [Sunday Telegraph] Annie O'Neill has it all: a cosy Manhattan apartment, a beautiful bookshop and a network of supportive friends.
But at the heart of her life is a hole - a place vacated by her father when he died in her childhood. So when a mysterious man named Forrester enters the shop and claims to be her father's oldest friend she jumps at the chance to find out more of her own past.
But Forrester's not being free with the answers she needs.
He's much more interested in telling her a story about a ruthless ganglord and a fifty-year-old betrayal.
A betrayal that she will realise far too slowly, has something very much to do with her...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 17/01/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780752864099
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Review by devenish
Being a great admirer of this author,it somewhat pains me to have to report that I did not like this book at all.It is always difficult when the main character,which in this novel is one Annie O'Neill,is so unsympathetic. Not to put too fine a point on it,she is a right old pain-in-the-neck. She owns a small second-hand bookshop in Manhattan,and this never seems to have a single customer except those who come in as important people in the story. How the heck does she make a living ? She is a loner,whose parents are both dead,and about who she knows very little. Her only friend is an older man,an ex-army man,who spends most of his time on- the- bottle.Into her life comes a mysterious old man carrying both letters from her father to her mother and part of a manuscript,which he tells her he will give her a chapter a week to read. This turns out to be the story of two evil Later she meets a young man with whom she falls violently in love,or should that be lust. These two very different men have a profound effect on the life of Annie and touch her life so that it can never be the same again.Having read two of the author's books already,with I might say,great enjoyment,I'm afraid that this one was rather disappointing. I found both the characters and the story-line unbelievable in the extreme.
Review by sarah_rubyred
I got this for a pound in the bargain bucket at Asda. It looks as though it's gonna be a cheesy Mills and Boon-type story of a girl who thinks she's over her parents' deaths when of course she isn't and who is going to help her get over them? Well of course it's a handsome man.I was in desperate need of a book to read and found this quite enjoyable. She is given the pages of a novel which describes a great tale of a couple of bad lads, of which we get snippets of as her story with this gorgeous man develops. But all is not as it seems. The next door neighbour who provides invaluable advice isn't even a dizzy blond! Instead a drunk middle aged man adds humour to the tale.
Review by tina1969
Annie O'Neill has it all - a cosy Manhattan apartment, a beautiful bookshop and a network of supportive friends. But at the heart of her life is a hole - a place vacated by her father when he died in her childhood. So when a mysterious man named Forrester enters the shop and claims to be her father's oldest friend she jumps at the chance to find out more of her own past. But he's not being free with the answers she needs. He's much more interested in telling her a story about a ruthless ganglord and a fifty year old betrayal. A betrayal that she will realise far too slowly, has something very much to do with her...My Thoughts:I had read this book before and looking back on my notes I can remember that I enjoyed it. I have been given it again to read for book group as we had a visit from R J Ellory as part of World Book Night.Reading it a second time was no problem either as I felt I was enjoying it as if I had not read it before. I could remember that it was going to have a sad ending for Annie where David was concerned. First time around I can remember not been able to guess what was going to happen but second time around I couldn’t quite remember, I just knew there would be heartache.I did love Sullivan, the guy from next door and felt his character held the book together. Annie I loved and wanted to put my arms around her and David I felt sorry for. Simply because I felt he didn’t have his own mind and I felt he did care for Annie deep down and should have followed his heart.What I have found with R J’s books is either that they are very good or very bad. This one was very good and I would highly recommend it.
Review by Floratina
READ IN DUTCH<br/><br/>This was the first book I read by RJ Ellory, quite some time ago. At the moment this book isn't for sale in the Netherlands, something I find really strange, for it was one of the best thrillers I've ever read. <br/><br/>It's not primarily about the story, that wasn't too special, but the writing style is just terrific. Sometimes is closer to a novel than a suspense novel, but it is enjoyable anyways. Here in the Netherlands publicers like to use the word Literature when describing a thriller, but if there is one writer who deserves to be called 'Literature Thriller' it has to be RJ Ellory!
Review by WWDG
Could not really catergorise this books genre but just to say was an engaging and enjoyable read although like many others I too guessed the ending. I loved the relationship between the three characters and found the book to be a real page turner. i found the writers descriptions of new york and the characters utterly convincing that they story really drew you in. A great story to lose yourself in. I would heartily recommend it.