By Jacquelyn Mitchard
Mitchard's 'Still Summer' plunges into terror
By Carol Memmott, USA TODAY
Secure your lifestyles preserver. Tie your self to the mast. It's past due August, yet it's nonetheless summer season, and Jacquelyn Mitchard is taking you on a thrill experience you won't forget.
Mitchard made her mark within the literary international in 1996 while TheDeep finish of the Ocean was once selected because the first choose for Oprah Winfrey's now-legendary e-book membership. due to the fact that then, she has written six different novels, yet none fits the suspenseful pitch of Still Summer.
It's a story of terror at the excessive seas, yet this can be no Pirates of the Caribbean wannabe.
Readers understand anything bad goes to occur, yet Mitchard ratchets up the suspense through permitting her tale to spread at a leisurely speed. She painstakingly fleshes out her characters, simply because as readers will realize, their temperaments and personalities are as the most important to the tale because the mounting disasters.
Tracy Kyle, Holly Solvig and Olivia Montefalco, lifelong neighbors of their early 40s, constitution a yacht and two-man workforce for a crusing holiday that may take them from St. Thomas to Grenada.
The journey starts off out as an blameless event in paradise until eventually injuries in fast succession strand the ladies with out their team. What else can get it wrong? In a observe, every little thing. The engine conks out, the sails are torn, loss of electrical energy spoils their nutrition and bounds their consuming water - after which there's the harm to Holly's leg.
Nature's fury, murderous drug buyers and, almost certainly most threatening of all, their very own frailties and secrets and techniques are further to the list.
Readers will wring their fingers with frustration, weep with disappointment and second-guess the alternatives those girls make. yet considering the fact that characters needs to do the bidding of the authors who create them, we will be able to basically relax - or sit down at the fringe of our seats - and allow Mitchard's terror-filled story wash over us.
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Oh. ” McGregor grimaced, then joined her on the sofa, taking her hands in his own. ” “After fourteen months? ” He chuckled. “Okay. Move in with me, please. ” She licked her lips, disappointed. ” “For now. ” She pulled her hands free. ” She eyed him grimly. “All year long I thought you were waiting until the new office was set up. Then I thought you were waiting to see if Ray would come back to SPIN, which obviously isn’t going to happen. Now what? Are you some kind of freakish confirmed bachelor in disguise?
The brunette slunk backward until she was flush against the counsel table. ” “This is your lucky day. Thanks to Ms. ” Suzannah shook her head frantically. “I never consented to that. My custody? I don’t even know what that means. I mean, I know what it means generally, but in this context—” “It means you’re vouching for him,” the judge explained. “And I don’t need your consent. This is still my courtroom, is it not? Which means I’m in charge. And from now on you’re going to listen, not talk, while I walk you through this, step by baby step.
Right. ” She winced when he said, “’Bye” and hung up without giving her a chance to say anything further. She was actually tempted to call him back and make him promise to contact her at least daily. Then a video popped up on her monitor, distracting her completely. It was a recent film of Suzannah Ryder handling—or rather, attempting to politely terminate—a news conference on her recent appellate court success. Even with the graininess of the footage, the attorney’s smile was amazing, just as Justin had described—confident yet vulnerable.