YOU DON'T KNOW JACK
You Don't Know Jack is built on the standard boy-meets-girl-under-false pretenses premise, with all the ensuing conflict. However, the smooth delivery and consistency of its theme of destiny versus conscious choice may keep the reader interested. McCarthy's main male character is too good to be true but the secondary characters are eccentric and
comically diverse. The story is enjoyable but not memorable and will be confusing if readers skip the prologue.
When Jamie Peters gets her fortune told, her love life spins out of control and she finds herself surrounded by men, some old, some new and some ghosts from the past. She begins to doubt herself and her choices, struggling with free will over destiny as she wonders which man is her true future. (BRAVA, Oct., 272 pp., $14.00)