Sunday, March 25

Someone To Watch Over Me by Judith McNaught

Leigh Kendall reveled in her stellar Broadway acting career and in her marriage to Logan Manning, scion of an old New York family. When her husband finds the prefect mountain property for their dream house, he decides to surprise Leigh with her first view of the site. Driving upstate on a winter's night, Leigh is run off the road in the midst of a blinding blizzard. When she awakens in the local hospital, seriously injured, the police inform her that her husband has mysteriously disappeared, and Leigh, although obviously distraught, becomes the focus of their suspicions. The more she discovers about her husband and his business affairs, the less she realizes she knew about Logan Manning. Now Leigh is heading deeper and deeper into unknown territory...where friends and enemies are impossible to distinguish, and where the truth becomes the most terrifying weapon of all.

This books isn't Perfect but neither is it Tender Triumph. But while I was reading it,I couldn't help but feel that there was something missing. Maybe JM was trying to make a transition when she made this story. Because if I remember correctly, this was supposed to be a time-travel gig. Water's Edge, anyone? But then this thriller was what we got. Maybe JM herself was confused as well on what to come up with.

Nevertheless, JM's mediocre efforts are better than most and it showed here. Because even if it didn't have the usual cry-a-river plot line that her books usually have, I still managed to read it in one sitting. Admittedly, it took me a while to start reading it when I first got it. It started weakly but gathered enough momentum for me to finish the book in one go.

And JM still managed to create some very memorable characters,especially hero Michael Valente. Correct me if I'm wrong but unselfish men is such a turn-on. I weally, weally wike him, to say the least. Well, Leigh Kendall was kind a so-so heroine but she was such a victim that I have the automatic response of liking her. And her story, fictional as it was, was exactly the kind that turned me off from marriage. I have very serious trust issues and the thought of giving all my trust to someone and have that someone betray and blinside me does not present a pretty picture.

And I loved the sidestory (standard for her contemps?), too--Mitchell McCord and Sam Littleton made a cute couple. I think the "I made up my mind" scene was a great one. And it was nice to see O'Hara and Courtney Maitland again. (Do you think we'll have Courtney's story some time in the future?)

I advice though that STWOM not be the first JM book that anyone read. It might have fallen short of my expectations but it was still okay--once you get through the rough start.

Final verdict: 6.5/10. For passing the time.


Dylan said...

Yeah this isn't a favorite of mine either, I wanted more from Falco, or I mean...Valente. It was missing the same thing that was missing from Night Whispers...MORE HERO!

Kookie said... thank God JM was back to her element with EBYT...:o)

nath said...

I agree with you, was not my favorite... I'd like to have a Courtney book and I hope we get to see more of Noah and Sloan one day, as opposed to Zack, Julie, Meredith and Mark (yes, awesome characters, but still...)

Kris said...

I have never read a Judith McNaught book. Any suggestions on one to start with (if I get that far in my tbr pile)

Dylan said...

Ooh that's a good one, Nath...I'd love to see more of Noah and Sloan and Paris and Paul as opposed to the regular oldies...=)

Kookie said...

Nath and Dee--
I am looking forward to the day Courtney's book gets printed...I just hope JM knows how well loved that character is. And if that happens I'm sure we're gonna see more of Noah and Sloan, and then maybe Paris and Paul. Yeah, more Noah! Love the thought already!

My first JM was Paradise...and it was a Perfect first-time read. I haven't stopped reading JM since then. That's for her contemps...if you want to start with her historicals, Almost Heaven was mine and I've no qualms recommending that to you, too! Frankly, except for Tender Triumph, every JM book out there is a keeper for me. :o)

Holly said...

I agree with you Kookie that Paradise and Almost Heaven are perfect to start with.

I loved Michael in this book, but I think my issue was more with Leigh. I had a VERY hard time believing she truly loved him under the circumstances.

Nicole said...

So true, it was not PERFECT. Now that book? I just love to death. But overall still a good read.

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