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3.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 5 3.48 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Benedict Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781440716904
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Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year winner, National Book Award finalist, and New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Benedict explores the sometimes disturbing psychology of relationships. Successful psychotherapist Eric Lavender is a confirmed bachelor until he meets alluring Colleen O'Brien Golden-a sexy divorce attorney with an elaborately concealed and fiercely guarded past. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billy Steeves | 2/14/2014

    " Grabs your attention fast. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 1/31/2014

    " Narrator describes his marriage to a divorce lawyer who is leading a kind of double life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 1/29/2014

    " Difficult subject, but especially well done. A husband is falsely accused of sexual abuse of his young stepdaughter. The discoveries of the mysteries of his wife's past keep you reading to discover the outcome. The couple are well-to-do in Scarsdale, New York, she a divorce lawyer and he a psychotherapist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya | 1/25/2014

    " Loved the language, the narrator, the story and the characters. I am going to listen to this book once again, I loved it so much! (Audible.com purchase) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel Brady | 1/19/2014

    " This reminded me of Fatal Attraction, only with a divorce at the story's center instead of an affair. Elizabeth Benedict wrote the story from a man's POV, which I imagine was tricky to do, and that was done well. The characters are well-developed and unique, and the methods by which Eric Lavender, the protagonist, gets to the bottom of what's going on are clever and well-paced. Still, the circumstances of the book were sad for me--I just felt badly for the poor guy--and that brought me down most of the time I was reading it. This is a well-thought-out look at what divorce means for everybody: husband, wife, kids, extended family, and even professional contacts and the community as a whole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 1/18/2014

    " a well-written psychological thriller "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 1/7/2014

    " And to think I almost didn't read this - I thought it was an Elizabeth Berg novel and bought it as an afterthought, thinking I could use something "light". I loved this book! Couldn't put it down. Here's an author who basically assumes her readers are intelligent. How refreshing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/21/2013

    " This is not the kind of book I usually read, but sometimes traveling in foreign countries puts you in this position. This story line kept me engaged, and never knowing what was going to happen next. (Well, but really, but at least it was a mystery without being too predictable.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha Johnson | 12/6/2013

    " I listened to this on tape and it held my attention -- like an airport book. I don't remember much of it a year later. A little too much into drama, not enough into character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 11/13/2013

    " Read by Richard Poe. Once I started listening to this book I was sure I had read it before. Everything sounded so familiar and it was easy to figure out what was going to happen next. I finished it, but won't write home about it. I fear I may have rated it more highly the first time I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheryl | 11/3/2013

    " A faced-paced book I read in one day. About a female lawyer and how she deceives her husband and gets him sent to jail. Very good read and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 4/28/2013

    " Good book, had me reading every spare minute. Really liked the author's style and will look for her other novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 9/21/2012

    " I'm always drawn to books staring clinical psychologists. Guess it's the psych major in me. This was a fun, intriguing tale. I borrowed it from the library a few years back and finally broke down and bought my own copy a few weeks ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cg G | 6/28/2012

    " Really enjoyed this. I'm surprised to see it didn't have more stars on average. Great start to a new year. The breast part gave me the creeps. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebie | 4/8/2012

    " spoiler of a twist. but you'll say good riddance. ;) more of legal matters on divorce but good to know these things "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 3/3/2012

    " This was very interesting book told in the first person. I would highly recommend it. The story of a clinical psychologist who marries a divorce lawyer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 1/20/2012

    " Well written but disturbing insight into havoc that results when someone is a disturbed, self-absorbed liar. For much of the book, I was angry at this pathetic character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deandrea | 9/21/2011

    " Elizabeth Benedict is such a good story-teller. The "mystery" of what the wife is up to is not completely guessable, and a surprise in the end. I'll read lots more by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Romy | 8/8/2011

    " A quick entertaining suspense/mystery read. I didn't sympathize much with the main character but it kept me reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Verena | 2/26/2011

    " An interesting tale. The writing was pretty good, but something just seemed missing from the narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cg | 2/2/2011

    " Really enjoyed this. I'm surprised to see it didn't have more stars on average. Great start to a new year. The breast part gave me the creeps. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 7/25/2010

    " Read by Richard Poe. Once I started listening to this book I was sure I had read it before. Everything sounded so familiar and it was easy to figure out what was going to happen next. I finished it, but won't write home about it. I fear I may have rated it more highly the first time I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheryl | 7/23/2009

    " A faced-paced book I read in one day. About a female lawyer and how she deceives her husband and gets him sent to jail. Very good read and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 6/8/2009

    " This was very interesting book told in the first person. I would highly recommend it. The story of a clinical psychologist who marries a divorce lawyer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Romy | 5/21/2009

    " A quick entertaining suspense/mystery read. I didn't sympathize much with the main character but it kept me reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 5/13/2009

    " They need another shelf option: "tried hard to finish, but couldn't take it anymore!"

    I tried to like this book, but it just didn't work out. I'm curious how it ends, but not curious enough to keep at it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 3/21/2009

    " And to think I almost didn't read this - I thought it was an Elizabeth Berg novel and bought it as an afterthought, thinking I could use something "light". I loved this book! Couldn't put it down. Here's an author who basically assumes her readers are intelligent. How refreshing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deandrea | 2/25/2009

    " Elizabeth Benedict is such a good story-teller. The "mystery" of what the wife is up to is not completely guessable, and a surprise in the end. I'll read lots more by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janeene | 1/26/2009

    " listening to this as a book on tape

    I guess it would be a 2.5 star but not as good as I expected with the plot "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 8/25/2008

    " Cop-out on the ending as far as I'm concerned. To have it all wind up and then for her to run out of gas--literally and figuratively. Lazy.

    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 4/14/2008

    " This was a little slow to start out, but really grabbed me by halfway through. By the end it felt a little reminiscent of a Law and Order SVU episode. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, I really did. "

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About the Narrator

Richard Poe has worked extensively in movies, television, and on Broadway. He is best known for his portrayal of Gul Evek in three different Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. He is a well-known and prolific audiobook narration who has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards.