Thursday, April 11, 2013

Improvising Carla by Joanna Hines

Book: Improvising Carla
Author: Joanna Hines
Narrator (if applicable): N/A

Release date (if applicable): Published

Synopsis: Helen North is enjoying her solo Greek vacation when she meets another traveler, Carla Finch, who is also traveling solo. The two spends time together when one ends up dead and one has really big secrets to keep. These secrets don't want to stay dormant and Carla will ensure they don't. Can Helen separate reality from fantasy or will this be her downfall?
My rating: 4 Stars
My opinion: I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed this story. There was almost a Hitchcockian feel to the book in its storyline and writing style. I can't figure out why, even days after finishing it, but this book elicited the same feelings that I had while watching the 1951 movie Strangers On A Train. Except for one scene, there wasn't graphic violence, yet the true thriller component was totally psychological.

The author masterfully laid out the mystery and blurring the lines between reality and fantasy that even myself as a reader questioned what had happened. Twists and turns were plentiful and really kept the story moving. 
Source:  Netgalley for Open Road Integrated Media
Would I recommend? : Yes
Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Stand Alone

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