Monday, March 26, 2012

REVIEW: Wide Open by Deborah Coates


Wide Open grew on me subtly. Hallie Michaels is a character that is very open but in a sense unknowable. Returning to South Dakota on a ten day leave  for the funeral of her sister Dell. Grieving for her sister  is a complicated situation since Dell's ghost is waiting for Hallie at the Airport.

Being home again stirs up a lot of emotions in Hallie, as she scratches at the facts of Dell's presumed suicide, she begins to suspect that her sister was murdered. It was interesting watching Hallie reconnect with the town she left for the service. Deborah has realistic character's and the paranormal elements are handled deftly.

I couldn't really connect with Hallie much in the beginning of the book. Not as much as the residents of her town.
She grew on me a little as the novel unfolded but I felt there was much of her I couldn't understand. I found her dedication to finding out what happened to her sister admirable.

The mystery aspect did keep me engaged and the big reveal was a surprise. There are engaging narratives and unique characters that make this an enjoyable read but the pace was a little slow . I did enjoy Hallie's strength and commitment to her family, I just wasn't completely sucked in to her story.                                                  



Lilly @ (LillysBookIsland) said...

GREAT REVIEW ,,, I will make sure to check it up :)

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Liverpool confirm Lallana signing

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The England midfielder has long been linked with a move to Anfield and the deal has now been confirmed by the Merseyside club, with Lallana signing a long-term contract at the club.
Lallana, who featured for England in the World Cup in Brazil, spoke of his delight at joining such a "special" club.
"I've been granted my wish to play at such a fantastic football club, in Champions League football and competing for Premier League titles," the 26-year-old said upon joining the Merseyside club.
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Zubizarreta unsure over Xavi future

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Spain midfielder Xavi has spent his entire career at Camp Nou, but talk of a move away from the Catalan club has intensified.
A host of clubs have been linked with a move for the 34-year-old and the arrival of Ivan Rakitic from Sevilla has raised more questions over the playmaker's future.
Speaking at a press conference to introduce Rakitic as a Barca player, Zubizarreta revealed that he does not know whether Xavi will prolong his stay at the club and plans to hold talks with the midfielder.
"We are talking permanently with Xavi, we spoke to him before he went to the World Cup. He also wants the time to think, that's Xavi Hernandez, he's got every right to analyse things as he wants to do,” Zubizarreta said.
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Dudek: No space for Lopez at Madrid

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The Spanish capital side signed Costa Rica World Cup hero Keylor Navas in the summer transfer window, leaving the ex-Sevilla shot-stopper to fight it out with Iker Casillas - an icon at the Bernabeu club - for the other goalkeeping slot.
“It’s lucky for Madrid to have two such great goalkeepers,” Dudek, who spent four years with Real but mustered only two league appearances, was quoted as saying by AS. “Diego Lopez went to Milan because there is space for two good goalkeepers, but not three.
“I think it’s very positive to rely on two goalkeepers of the high level. Keylor had a great World Cup and gained a lot of confidence. That is good for Madrid.”

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Prandelli wishes new Italy boss Conte good luck

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Prandelli resigned from the role following Italy's failure to qualify for the knockout stages of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
The 56-year-old is now in charge at Turkish giants Galatasaray, with Conte his replacement after he resigned from his position as coach of Juventus in July.
“I send my best wishes to Conte and I hope he gets the best results for the most important team in Italy, the national team,” Prandelli is quoted as saying by Tuttosport.
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Mourinho: I hope Cech doesn't leave Chelsea

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Nevertheless, Mourinho claims he is keen to keep the shot-stopper at Stamford Bridge, though he hinted he would not stand in Cech's way if a bid was made by an opposition club.
"I hope nobody comes and I hope, as I was saying, I can keep two of the three best goalkeepers in the world which would be absolutely fantastic," he told Sky Sports.
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The decisive goal delighted manager Van Gaal, who told reporters: "[Falcao] needed that. He was forcing himself too much to score. Now he has, it'll be better after the international break."
After the game, he described his first United strike as "amazing", but conceded: "There was a little bit of relief."

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James: I want to emulate Di Maria at Madrid

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The Argentina international played a key role in Madrid's Champions League victory last season before leaving the club for Manchester United this summer and James is keen to make a similar impact at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 23-year-old joined Madrid from Monaco ahead of the 2014-15 campaign and has since developed into an important first-team member at his new club.
"As for Di María, he is a great player. He made history here and I have a lot of respect for him," James told reporters.
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Ronaldo has broken all records – Casillas

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The attacker opened the scoring after just two minutes of play before adding two more after the break - with Karim Benzema scoring twice in between - and has now found the net 13 times in six league appearances so far this term.
"We all know how great a player Ronaldo is. He has broken all the records in terms of goal scoring and assists," Casillas told the official Madrid website.
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