Charade

Sandra Brown, Author Warner Books Inc $21.95 (405p) ISBN 978-0-446-51656-3
Soap opera star Cat Delaney gets a new heart--literally and figuratively speaking--in bestseller Brown's ( French Silk ; Where There's Smoke ) latest contemporary romance. The heart transplant that beautiful, arrogant Cat endures in the first chapter transforms her soul along with her cardiovascular system. If Brown had first established Cat's personality with some depth and credibility, that might have been the basis of an emotionally involving story. But since Cat is little more than a vessel for the concept, before we can blink, she is a good-hearted citizen who abandons stardom and Hollywood for San Antonio, Tex., where she hosts a local TV program featuring children up for adoption. Cat hardly has a chance to enjoy her change of heart and her new heartthrob, bad-boy crime novelist Alex Pierce, because a stalker is after her. Whatever suspense might have been activated by this scenario is immediately stymied as Brown rushes through events whereby three potential heart donors are knocked down like dominoes: obviously the stalker is a bereaved nut determined to kill all the transplant recipients who might have received his lover's heart. But Brown fails to develop even a modicum of tension, since the rushed pacing then slows to a crawl where nothing much happens except Cat's cliche-ridden romance with Alex. Too late in the novel, we finally get a more full and sympathetic characterization of Cat. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections; major ad/promo; author tour. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/02/1994
Release date: 05/01/1994
Show other formats
FORMATS
Mass Market Paperbound - 496 pages - 978-0-446-60185-6
Hardcover - 978-0-517-16728-1
Hardcover - 579 pages - 978-0-7862-0228-7
Paperback - 579 pages - 978-0-7862-0229-4
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7871-0015-5
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7871-0101-5
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-4418-9248-5
Compact Disc - 978-1-4418-1391-6
MP3 CD - 978-1-4418-1393-0
MP3 CD - 978-1-4418-1394-7
Compact Disc - 978-1-4418-1397-8
Paperback - 527 pages - 978-84-9872-410-3
Compact Disc - 978-1-4418-1392-3
Compact Disc - 978-1-4418-1398-5
Open Ebook - 978-1-4555-4627-5
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.