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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,274 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Unger Narrator: Ann Marie Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When my mother named me Ophelia, she thought she was being literary. She didn’t realize she was being tragic.

On the surface, Annie Powers’s life in a wealthy Floridian suburb is happy and idyllic. Her husband, Gray, loves her fiercely; together, they dote on their beautiful young daughter, Victory. But the bubble surrounding Annie is pricked when she senses that the demons of her past have resurfaced and, to her horror, are now creeping up on her. These are demons she can’t fully recall because of a highly dissociative state that allowed her to forget the tragic and violent episodes of her earlier life as Ophelia March and to start over, under the loving and protective eye of Gray, as Annie Powers. Disturbing events—the appearance of a familiar dark figure on the beach, the mysterious murder of her psychologist—trigger strange and confusing memories for Annie, who realizes she has to quickly piece them together before her past comes to claim her future and her daughter.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike | 2/15/2014

    " BLACK OUT is Lisa Unger's third novel and her first standalone as her first two were tied to the Ridley Jones series. I enjoyed the other two book a bit more but this one did not retract much. I think it was more that I enjoyed her characters in BEAUTIFUL LIES and SLIVER OF TRUTH. I am already planning on reading her new release due out later his year, DIE FOR YOU. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melanie | 2/6/2014

    " There was something unsatisfying about the end of this. I like the detective character, I liked his wife and the side story about them - and then, boom, they're not real. I felt weird about that, unsettled, and like it was a little bit of a cop-out. The story was fast-paced and interesting, I liked the main character, but I ended up feeling like the solution, the whole organization to help victims, the in-laws conspiring to save Annie/Ophelia from herself... it felt more contrived and elaborate than it needed to be. I wanted it to turn out differently, I guess, I wanted a more believable resolution, and I was also annoyed that the detective wasn't "real" and that colored my perception of the rest of the book, for some reason that felt really important to me. There were some beautiful passages - the part about the ghost orchid was breathtakingly gorgeous, the writing was spectacular there - and I liked the jumping from past to present, from one character to another, I felt it added to the supenseful, tense feeling. Basically, a very good book with one real flaw that I think might be just in my own mind, because why should it matter so much? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debbie | 2/4/2014

    " Convoluted but really good. A peek into a traumatized mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kimberly | 1/24/2014

    " This book kept me on the edge of my seat! The author writes in the present time but also recalls her past at the same time. Great writing. "

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