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The Middle Ground (2010)

by Zoe Whittall(Favorite Author)
3.17 of 5 Votes: 4
1554692881 (ISBN13: 9781554692880)
Raven Books
review 1: Missy Turner is the victim of an armed robbery. She steps in to help the young barista when a man with a gun threatens her at her local coffee shop. Missy lets herself be taken hostage, gives him the keys to her car, and then lies to the police for him. She believes his story that he's just down on his luck and needs the money for his daughter. By the end of the book, we learn the truth.This really brief book has several twists and turns that keep the reader interested. The odd part, though, is that the book seems to be marketed to high school students yet Missy is a woman (30?)with difficulties in her marriage. SPOILER ALERT! When she not only helps the robber, but starts an affair with him, will teens relate? Not sure. It's an OK story, but pretty brief and lacks... more depth of character. Seems to be written for the Harlequin Romance set.
review 2: I was drawn to the main character (Missy) because she seemed to be in a similar place in life as me (age, name, ect.) the start was an anything-that-can-go-wrong-will day. And who hasn’t had one of those? I kept reading because the author drops just enough hints to keep the suspense built, and to keep you reading. I wanted answers! It was a short book (which I loved. A nice break from some longer, more intense reads). It could be easily read in one sitting, or the short chapters would be good for people who are not big readers, or when you just have/need a short break. I loved it. The author managed to squeeze a lot of story into a few pages. It really had me thinking about some of Missy’s choices. Would I have done the same? At what point would I have done something different? Would I choose to help the ‘bad’ guy? It was essentially a book about choice, and who Missy would choose to be. The whole time I was thinking about it, and picking it apart as it related to me, it was totally believable. Her motivation was believable, and on the most part, what anyone would do. I never felt like I had to suspend my disbelief. I will definitely be hunting down more from this series of Rapid Reads, and will read more by this author when I find it. less
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I really liked it! Finished it in one sitting. Very good read :) I'd recommend it!!
It is a easy quick read which I enjoyed even if it was a little formulaic.
One of the better 'Rapid Reads' I've read :)
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