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One Way or Another: A Novel

by Elizabeth Adler

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I can't remember reading a book that was so disorganized. It was as if no one edited it for story order and detail. The characters were shallowly developed and often I would stop and shake my head, confused as to what was supposed to be going on or what day they were talking about. I did finish it because I wanted to know how it came out, but uffdah, this one should have been looked at better before publishing! ( )
  EllenH | Jul 30, 2015 |
I just finished One Way or Another by Elizabeth Adler. Angela (goes by Angie) Morse got involved with the wrong guy and is now floating in the middle of the ocean off the coast of Turkey. Marco Polo Mahoney is a portrait artist (prefers to call himself a painter) who is vacationing in Fethiye, Turkey (has a little ramshackle cottage/shack) with his dog, Em (Em goes everywhere with Marco). Marco is looking out at the ocean when he sees a girl stumbling on a yacht (The Lady Marina). He gets his binoculars and sees the girl with a very bloody, open gash on her head (can see skull). The girl then drops in the ocean and the boat speeds away. Marco rushes out to rescue her, but he cannot find her. Marco reports it to the police who do not believe him. Poor Angie does not drown. She is rescued by Apollo Zacharias, the captain of the Zeus. Unfortunately for Angie, Zacharias calls it in on the radio and guess who answers the distress call—The Lady Marina! Once again Angie is back in her killers clutches.

Marco calls his girlfriend, Martha Patron about the incident. She does not really believe him either (thinks he saw something). Marco keeps looking. He comes upon a clue when he sees a local bar owner’s wife with a gold necklace. It was Angie’s necklace. Marco knows something happened to the girl (he calls her the girl with the beautiful red hair) and is determined to find out what happened to her.

Ahmet Ghulbian is a billionaire and the owner of The Lady Marina. He is controlling, mean, and a cold blooded killer. His assistant, Mehitabel (only one name) is cold, vicious, and a killer. They are well suited. Ahmet was born poor, but he made something of himself (thanks to the help of a woman that he killed). Since Angie did not drown, Ahmet decides to hold her captive. He plans to have some more fun with her before killing her. Ahmet meets Lucy Patron, Martha’s younger sister (and a real flibbertigibbet). He decides that she is the person he wants to marry. She is seventeen and a virgin (Lucy has decided to be an actress). He slowly draws her in along with Martha (whom he gets to redecorate his creepy house in the marshes) and Marco (whom he commissions to paint his portrait). Will Marco be able to find Angie and rescue her? Will Ahmet get Lucy?

One Way or Another sounded like a great mystery/thriller. The book, though, dragged on and on and on. I did not think it would ever end (and I really wanted it to end). It took me two tries to get through the whole book. Instead of being a thrilling page turner, it puts you to sleep. This book needed severe editing and rewriting. It had some good bones (the basic idea), but the final product was severely lacking. I give One Way or Another 1.5 out of 5 stars (because the basic premise was decent). The writing is lackluster and the book contains a lot of unnecessary descriptive paragraphs.

I received a complimentary copy of One Way or Another from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own. ( )
  Kris_Anderson | Jul 13, 2015 |
Won a copy of the book from Goodreads.

Ahmet is a self made billionaire. On the outside to most he seems to be generous and giving person, but in truth is a very different person. He uses unknown women to pass his drug parcels and other illegal stuff. Then if too close they will be disposed of. Most times will have someone else do his dirty work.

This seems to be Angie's fate, when he has someone else hit her over the head and then she falls from his yacht. She is left to die. But she didn't die. Weird after being rescued she ends back with Ahmet. Angie in very bad shape.

The author takes us on a path of some unheard of punishments. The story can get disturbing at times. Not my usual kind of book to read. But do keep you reading, to find out how the book will end. ( )
  snoopysnop1 | Jun 4, 2015 |
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"What begins as a beautiful evening at a party on a yacht ends with attempted murder...and a quest for revenge. Angie never expected a dream vacation to turn so ugly. One moment she was standing on the deck of a fifty-foot yacht and then next, she felt a burning sting in her side. A stab wound. And then a push. She is in the water. She can see people on the yacht, but they have not noticed she is gone, and all seem to have deliberately turned their backs,as the yacht begins slowly to pull away from her. The waves wash over her, sending her further to doom. These are her friends and one is her love. Each one had a reason for getting rid of her though she would not have put murder on that list. Until now. Revenge burns so deeply inside her she knows she will survive this somehow. She will get them. Each one of them-and there are three men, one woman. She will get them. One way or another. Told with Elizabeth Adler's trademark attention to luxurious detail of people and places, One Way or Another is a glamorous, twisty novel of vengeance and vindication"--… (more)

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