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PRECIOUS AND FRAGILE THINGS
by Megan Hart

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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Well-known erotica author Hart plunges into the mainstream fiction genre with this haunting, devastating, heart-wrenching tale. She masterfully weaves every offhand mention of a seemingly incidental detail, every potentially eyebrow-raising plot point together in service to her story and the resulting dramatic climax, which then becomes believable, thanks to Hart’s skill. Readers will sympathize with Gilly, even as they question her motives, as Todd becomes, while not entirely redeemable, a nuanced, pitiable case. This story will stay with you long after you reach the last page.

Gilly Soloman is an overworked, overtired, overwhelmed mother. She’s finishing up her errands and stopped at a traffic light when a man with a knife slides into the passenger seat and tells her to drive.

And so Gilly’s nightmare begins, although a very small part of her, the part that Gilly doesn’t often give voice to, thinks that maybe now she finally can get some rest. Gilly and Todd, as the carjacker is named, are soon sequestered in a cabin deep in the woods, snowbound, as Gilly’s hope for escape dwindles. Will she pay for her momentary lapse with the rest of her life? (MIRA, Jan., 394 pp., $13.95)

Reviewed By: Marie Bongiorno

Publisher: MIRA

Published: January 2011

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I don't understand

Submitted by Debra V on December 17, 2010 - 4:08am.

I do not understand how this reviewer could give this book 4 1/2 stars. This was a book for me that after the first couple chapters I could not take Ginny anymore. When she has the chance to get away she doesn't, she goes from feeling scared to feeling releafed that she can sleep in and doesn't have to deal with her kids or husband. The author tries to get you to feel sorry for Ginny and I just couldn't do it. And I won't even talk about the ending. I would not even give this book a star but I don't have that option.

I had read Chevy Stevens book Still Missing before this one. If you really want a good book pick up that one and not this one. Sorry to say this one really missed the mark.